This photo of Fernando Zobel with his aspins should inspire people to adopt rescue dogs 2
Fernando Zobel de Ayala with his pet aspins Boni, Charlie, Coco and Tofu. Photo courtesy of Metro Society 

This photo of Fernando Zobel with his aspins should inspire people to adopt rescue dogs

“Dogs have always been such an important part of our family.”  
ANCX Staff | Feb 19 2021

A photo of Ayala Corp. president and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala happily bonding with his rescued aspins (asong Pinoy) is spreading pawsitivity in the online world.

The photo originally came out as part of Metro Society’s dads and dogs feature in Metro Style’s Father’s Day Special last June 2020. It was posted by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society last year (PAWS) on their Facebook page, and reposted recently by the Community Animal Rescue Efforts, or CARE, Inc.

In their Facebook post, PAWS said two of the four featured dogs—Bonito (or “Boni”), the tripod on the extreme left, and Charlie, the dog seated beside Boni—were adopted from their shelter. The animal welfare group also said there were three other dogs not in the photo who were adopted by FZA from PAWS, as well as six horses rescued from the recent Taal Volcano eruption.

“Dogs have always been such an important part of our family. We can’t imagine life without them,” said the business magnate in the Metro.Style feature. He shared that after their visit to PAWS in 2020, the family decided “to focus completely on adopting rescue dogs instead of buying from a pet store or a breeder.”

FZA added they now have four rescue dogs in Manila (the ones in the picture named Boni, Charlie, Coco and Tofu) and five in their farm. “It’s hard to imagine the suffering all these dogs have been through and yet all we have seen at home is affection and kindness. We hope more people will consider adopting from a shelter,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bacolod-based CARE Inc. announced on their Facebook page that they have 20 dogs are available for adoption, and thus are encouraging pet lovers to “adopt, not shop.”

The animal welfare advocate also reposted an announcement of Kirby Morgan of SCARA-Animal Rescuers & Adopters, that 90 dogs in San Carlos City pound will be scheduled for execution soon. SCARA is a non-profit organization that saves strays and impounded dogs.

Kirby said they need to pay P500 for each dog they want to save from euthanasia and get out of the pound. Those who would like to donate may email or send a message to their Facebook page. Donations may be sent to their Bank of Philippine Island (BPI) account 1099081577 or via GCash 09164766696 (Kirby).

For those who are considering to adopt a pet or would like donate to animal welfare groups, here are groups you can support:


Philippine Animal Welfare Society

There are over 200 cats and dogs at PARC (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center), rescued from cruelty or neglect, looking for loving homes. If you wish to foster or adopt a pet, schedule a visit by calling their office at (02) 7577-7178 or messaging their Facebook account. Walk-in visitors will not be accommodated for security reasons.

Address: Aurora Blvd. Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City


Community Animal Rescue Efforts CARE, Inc.

This Bacolod-based non-government organization provides services in animal rescue, adoption and in some cases, euthanasia for terminally ill street animals. Check out their Facebook page for pets looking for adoptive parents.

Address: Purok Paraiso, Brgy. Paglaum, Bacolod City


Hound Haven PH Inc.

The mission of this NGO is to help K-9 veterans—the retired Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and Contract Working Dogs (CWDs) in the Philippines—find forever homes through adoption. Visit their website for some of the K-9s that are up for adoption.

Address: 353 Pinaglagarian Street, Angat, Bulacan


CARA Welfare Philippines

This group of animal lovers relies on the compassion of their friends and volunteers to foster their rescues. On their website are some of the animals under their care. You can also book an appointment to visit their clinic so you can meet the pets for adoption. All of them are rescued, neutered, dewormed, and vaccinated.

Address: 175 Lopez Rizal St. cor. Samat St., Mandaluyong City

Contact numbers: 8395 2170 / 8532 3340 / 0919 579 0047 / 0905.253.0129


Happy Animals Club

The animal shelter was started in 2014 by then nine-year-old Ken. A pet lover, Ken opened an animal shelter to rescue stray dogs and cats on the streets. The shelter has since been maintained and supported by donations of people from different parts of the world who were touched to see the boy’s photos on the internet feeding dogs on the streets. On this link are some of the pets under their care who are looking for loving homes.

Address: Matina, Davao City, Davao del Sur


Special thanks to Metro Society and Metro.Style.

Check out their gallery featuring 22 of society’s most lovable dads and their adorable pets on this link.