An­i­mal lovers go on dates with dogs

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

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.

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A woman tak­ing a selfie with a shel­ter dog in Que­zon City, Manila, on Tues­day.

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