Angeles City—A total of 52 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered for free by Angeles City Veterinary Office on Friday as part of Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr.’s advocacy to put premium in animal welfare.
Twelve veterinary doctors volunteered to assist City Veterinarian Dr. Christian Arcilla in the spaying and neutering of animals on Friday.
The volunteer private veterinary doctors were Dr. Joanna Marimla; Dr. Mocca Gonzales; Dr. Marc Ian Gonzales; Dr. Jennifer Bati; Dr. Lorielyn Galindez; Dr. Precy Magtoto; Dr. John Christopher Mangalus; Dr. Amiel Angeles; Dr. John Luis Aguceta; Dr. Michelle Tulabut; Dr. Mya Leana Abaoag; and Dr. Marjorie Carreon.
Calaguas led the awarding of their certificates of appreciation for rendering free services after the activity.
Lazatin’s Chief Adviser and Tactician Director IC Calaguas led the awarding of their certificates of appreciation for rendering free services after the activity.
Arcilla explained that spaying and castration are two of the most effective means of animal sterilization to control unwanted animal population and the spread of rabies.
Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel said 614 dogs and cats were already accommodated since the start of the program in August.
She pointed out that the program is aimed to help city residents become more responsible pet owners.
“Gusto nating tulungan yung mga kababayan natin mas maging responsible pet owners, lalo na yung mga hindi afford na ipa-spay or ipa-neuter ang mga alaga nila,” she said.
Pet owners who wish to avail the services can book appointment with the city veterinary office.
Calaguas said the city government allotted P5 million for the free neutering and spaying of 1,000 pets and free anti-rabies vaccines for 30,000 animals in the city.
The city government is also keeping stray animals at the city hall animal pound.
Lazatin also appropriated P10 million for the improvement of the City Animal Pound.
He said the city government also targets to have zero stray dogs and cats in the city by 2022.
Lazatin is encouraging Angelenos to adopt instead of buying new pets.
“All rescued dogs and stray animals kept at the city animal pound will be put up for adoption once they receive the necessary medical attention including free neutering and anti-rabies vaccine,” the mayor said.
The city veterinary office will screen qualified “fur parents.” Once approved, they will be regularly visited to ensure the welfare of the animal they adopted.