Manila — Model Cristina Garcia, who stars in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia, knows the way to a puppy's heart: spaying and neutering. Appearing with Rover, a dog who was abandoned at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) animal shelter, Garcia asks Filipinos to help solve the country's companion animal overpopulation problem by having their cats and dogs sterilized. Having a dog or cat spayed or neutered shows true love, and it can even be a matter of life and death. There are countless dogs and cats on the street, and an animal without a home is vulnerable to injury, abuse, starvation, disease, and an early death.
“Although people may be reluctant to spay and neuter their animal companions, the fact is that sterilization is both the easiest and the most effective means available of ensuring animals’ happiness and safety,” says Garcia. “Consider the fate of the millions of unwanted animals who roam the streets of the Philippines whose parents were never spayed and neutered.”
“Born into a hostile world, unwanted animals are caged among strangers at animal shelters or, worse, abandoned on the sides of roads. They are run over by cars and attacked by other animals. They are infected with painful, contagious, and deadly diseases. Those unlucky enough to run into cruel humans are often drowned, beaten with baseball bats, suffocated in plastic bags, stabbed, shot, starved, set on fire, and tortured in countless other ways,” Garcia continues. “And the saddest tragedy of all is that before they meet some gruesome death, they reproduce, and the cycle of animal suffering continues. The best way to save the lives of homeless animals is to reduce their numbers through spaying and neutering your companion animals. “
Dogs who have not been spayed or neutered are much more likely to bite and display dominance and territorial or aggressive behavior than dogs who have been sterilized.
"Many of us wish that we could take in all the animals who are waiting in animal shelters for a warm place of their own," says PETA Asia Director Jason Baker. "But the sad truth is that as long as people continue to let their dogs and cats breed—and as long as they keep buying animals from pet stores—many, many animals will face death at a young age."
A copy of the ad is attached. For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.
Rochelle Regodon 0920-497-4679; RochelleR@PETAAsiaPacific.com
Ashley Fruno 0918-669-0829; AshleyF@PETAAsiaPacific.com