Animal lovers go on dates with dogs
MANILA: Man’s best friend has been the blind date buddy for some Filipinos around Valentine’s Day, with a rescue centre here playing cupid by putting on candle-lit dinners to try to match homeless mutts with dog lovers.
Visitors took selfies, hugged and fed treats to newfound furry friends rescued from loveless homes, some missing a leg or even a snout. Each date included a decorated table for two and cost just US$6 (RM23.50) to help fund a shelter run by the aptly named Paws, or Philippine Animal Welfare Society.
“I don’t have a date for Valentine’s, so I came here for one. My love for dogs will never go away,” said Taki Saito, a college student.
The activity aimed to promote adoption and dispel perception that shelter animals were dangerous and aggressive, said Paws education officer Sharon Yap.
Paws hoped to encourage Filipinos to adopt, rather than buy.
“Even stray dogs, stray animals that are considered aggressive, with enough love and care, they can be rehabilitated into loving animals as well,” Yap said.
The shelter houses more than 70 dogs and 230 cats rescued from errant owners.
A woman taking a selfie with a shelter dog in Quezon City, Manila, on Tuesday.