Scores of pet owners and villagers in Cavite City on Thursday could not help it but watched in pain and waited while their pet dogs and cats were subjected to spaying and castration by a team of veterinarians from the Department of Health (DOH) Calabarzon and this city veterinary office.
The veterinary teams, however, assured the owners that their pets would wake up following the spaying and castration at the Barangay 29-A Multi Purpose Hall, Ronquillo Caridad Road.
The DOH and veterinary offices led the first in a series of spay and castration operations in the province to curb the rising population of dogs and cats and avert rabies infection.
Around 81 pets underwent the procedure during the seven-hour period, covering around 52 dogs and 29 cats.
“This is the first of series of spay and castration operations in the entire province to sway the population of dogs and cats in the province, besides the free anti-rabies vaccines,” Dr. Gloria Digma, officer-in-charge of Cavite Provincial Veterinary Office, said.
Digma said spaying and castration program is one of the government’s three intervention measures aimed at eradicating rabies, reduce the dog and cat population and intensify information dissemination in the barangays.
Barangay 29-A Village chair Araceli Sease welcomed the government’s spaying and castration program to avert the prevalence of stray dogs and cats in the village where incidences of animal bites were reported in October last year.
“We are the ones that has a rabies case here in the city last year where two teens were bitten by stray dog along Ronquillo road,” Sease said. (Saul Pa-a)
News source: Philippine News Agency