Just before heading to the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Ashwini took time off of her schedule to shoot an advertisement for PETA.
In the ad, she is shown relaxing with a rescued dog Shifu next to her badminton racket. The ad's caption reads, "Love All. Adopt a Dog or Cat From an Animal Shelter!"
"(Stray dogs) don't have anywhere to go, and they're chased a lot by people. They're beaten up...(They] also get run over by cars", she said.

Instead of buying a dog, please go and adopt stray dogs and cats who need a home. And (it will) help them out and help you out because you (will) have a companion at home," a PETA release said.
Ponnappa had won the gold medal in women's doubles in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

She also won the bronze medal in the women's doubles tournament in the 2011 BWF World Championships.


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