While Philippines calls its native dogs Aspins (Asong Pinoy), Singaporeans call theirs “Singapore Specials” which is also the name of their mongrel appreciation club. Formed last year, the Singapore Special Club has since been attracting more members who are proud owners of mutts. The group tries to elevate the image of the humble mongrel by vouching for their character to be just as loving and trainable as purebred dogs. They also advocate adoption as many mongrels are still experiencing bias.
To make their gathering more interesting, the search for the mongrel with the most interesting coat pattern and the longest tail wagging ability was done on the spot and two mongrels came out ahead of the pack.
Earlier, Teo Ser Luck, Singapore's Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Mayor of the North East District, said the government is aware of the growing population of pets in the country and the attendant need to have policies in place to guarantee their welfare.