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A group of Singapore-based dog shelters have come together to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the bias faced by dogs from shelters, especially those with added special requirements, such as disability or old age.

The campaign, created by CAS (Causes for Animals Singapore), ASD (Action for Singapore Dogs), SAM (Society for Animal Matters), Chained Dog Awareness and Mutts Rescue, together with Edelman, features nine Singapore residents and several local dogs.

Titled 'The Perfect Voiceovers', the campaign shares the tremendous challenges the dogs have overcome and the bias that they are constantly faced with. It was launched on the same day as Edelman’s Global Day of Understanding, one of the firm’s initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion.

The short film at the centre of the campaign features Lionel Tan, Theresa Goh, Jean Tan, Charlene Koh, Sandra Aualia, Pamela Ng, Fiona Ke, Devika Panicker and Kalai Vanen, sharing not just their personal challenges but also those of the animals from the five animal welfare groups, acting as “voiceovers” for these shelter dogs

“Over the years, we have fought to overcome common public misperceptions of shelter dogs as being second-grade, damaged or otherwise unworthy of a loving home, and encourage people to avoid making unfair judgments about these dogs before interacting with them,” said Christine Bernadette, the co-founder of Causes for Animals Singapore.

“In fact, many of our dogs are the gentlest creatures that only seek a caring environment and human companionship. It is a pity that they are unable to express themselves; to address that, we were excited to be part of this campaign that would allow humans to serve as their voices.”

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