The city government of Taguig urged residents to avail of the free services for pet animals being offered by the City Veterinary Office in line with its program in fighting rabies and ensuring a safe community.
“We included spaying and neutering in our program against rabies because one of the ways in eliminating rabies in our city is to control the population of our pets,” said CVO officer-in-charge Dr. Alexis Siblag.
Siblag said neutering takes only three to eight minutes and spaying just 15 to 25 minutes. Residents who avail of the program are also given antibiotics and pain relievers for their pets, he added.
Interested Taguigeños can visit the CVO at the city’s Model House on Cayetano Boulevard in Barangay Ususan to register and submit requirements that include a barangay residency or voter’s identification card to prove they are bona fide residents of the city.
If all the documents submitted are proven accurate and complete, CVO personnel will contact them for the schedule of the operation. They will also be asked to sign a waiver prior to the operation.
“Instead of going to a private clinic and paying P3,000 for your pets’ operation, let’s take advantage of this free service,” Siblag said.
In 2017, the CVO spayed and neutered 280 animals -- 207 cats and 73 dogs -- in all the city’s 28 barangays.
As of May 2018, 81 cats and dogs have already been spayed and neutered.
The program is one of the projects being implementing for the benefit of Taguig pet lovers.
Taguig also launched the adopt-a-dog program for residents who wish to adopt and provide a home for rescued dogs currently housed at the Taguig City pound; and the yearly TCARD program, which involves house-to-house visits of veterinarians all throughout the city with the aim of vaccinating pets.
Those who are bitten by rabies-exposed animals can also avail of free treatment and vaccination in the city’s five Animal Bite Treatment Centers in Barangay Ibayo-Tipas, Barangay Old Lower Bicutan, Barangay Pinagsama, Barangay Upper Bicutan, and Barangay North Signal.