Saving the askals
While most people are fond of pure breed dogs, several Negrenses, who only met each other on Facebook, have formed a group that advocates the saving of mongrels, locally known as askals, or asong kalye (street dogs).
The Island Rescue Organization aims to rescue and adopt askals and even pusakals (pusang kalye or street cats), Adrian Serantes, the president of the group, said.
He said askals and pusakals are oftentimes abandoned on the streets, maltreated by their owners, or end up being slaughtered for their meat.
The IRO is also advocating for responsible pet ownership, and stressing to the owners and everybody else that animals have rights, too.
Serantes said they are closely coordinating with their counterpart in Cebu province to launch programs and activities to highlight their advocacy.
IRO member Mitchelyn Regoles said their first rescue mission was in January when a sick and hungry dog, believed abandoned by its owner, was seen loitering near a call center firm in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.
She said an IRO member, who works in the firm, informed the group of the dog’s situation, and they immediately went to the area to rescue it. She said the dog, that they named “Pan-Pan”, was adopted by another member but it died several days later.
The IRO has rescued 50 abandoned dogs and cats, Regoles added.
The group, meanwhile, spearheaded the ASPIN, or Asong Pinoy Day, at the SM City Bacolod transport hub recently, and a discussion on responsible pet ownership was led by Nena Hernandez, and insights on rabies by Dr. Nic Ortiz.
A dog walk and other fun games for dogs and their owners capped the one-day event.*APN