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Three Unforgettable Stories of Love, Hope, and Aspins Awaiting Forever Homes

Three Unforgettable Stories
Embracing Love and Hope: Aspins find their forever homes, families find unbreakable bonds. National Aspin Day celebrates the unforgettable stories of compassion that connect hearts across the Philippines. Photos from PAWS FB.

The very essence of National Aspin Day is compassion, love, and a sense of belonging, and it’s blooming brighter than ever in the Philippines today, August 18, 2023. Spearheaded by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an NGO that’s been the guardian angel for countless Aspins, this event shines a light on the hidden beauty, loyalty, and love that Aspins (Asong Pinoy) offer.

These native dogs, once neglected and tagged as “askals” (asong kalye), or street dogs, have found dignity and respect thanks to PAWS. Since 2007, they have lovingly renamed them “Aspins”, turning a bleak image into a story of success with over 10,000 adoptions in two decades. It’s time for you to become part of this miraculous journey. Here are three heartwarming stories that will inspire you to act now.


Imagine a wounded Aspin, limping down Sparrow St. in Marikina City, a victim of a heartless hit-and-run. A severe wound cost him a hind leg, but the Balcos family saw beyond the physical scar. They saw a heart yearning for love. Fast forward to this month, and Sparrow’s story completes a full circle as he finds his forever home with the very family who believed in his worth. Sparrow’s tale isn’t just about survival; it’s about embracing life with open paws, a reminder that you too can save a precious life.


Twelve years ago, the Basilio family decided that one loving heart wasn’t enough; they needed two. Instead of adopting just one Aspin, they opened their home to Cindy and Bridget, refusing to separate them. This month, they gave shelter to another pair, Ezekiel and Jonas. This story paints a portrait of unity, love, and a family that grows not by numbers but by heartbeats.


Magda, the tender mother of Ezekiel and Jonas, still waits for her moment of love. Rescued near a church with her puppies, she’s a sweet, loyal friend who will enrich any home with pure love. But she needs you to give her that chance.

Adopting dogs from PAWS means investing in a friendship that’s vaccinated, neutered, and full of joy. With more than 200+ rescues at the shelter, it’s time to act urgently. Your forever friend is waiting at PAWS, and all it takes is PhP1,000 for an Aspin. Visit www.paws.org.ph and find the perfect match for your home. Even if you can’t adopt, your support through donations can create miracles.

Celebrate National Aspin Day with a Grand Celebration on Sunday, August 20, at Ayala Malls U.P. Town Center in Katipunan, Quezon City. Be a part of something magical, including PAWS’ new Aspin adoption campaign, games, parades, and more. Join hands, embrace a heartbeat, and let’s rewrite the story of Aspins together.

Here is another story of a PAWS Aspin adoption by a pet-friendly condominium owner. Aside from Alden Richards, actress Heart Evangelista worked with PAWS in rescuing animals after the Taal Volcano erupted in January 2020. PAWS also marks the annual World Animal Day on October 4 by putting the spotlight on stray cats and dogs.

SHARE THIS STORY with pet lovers to encourage families to adopt an Aspin today!

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