Dog adoption program launched by Legazpi city gov’t

The City Veterinary Office on Saturday launched the “Pawfect Pair” program in collaboration with Bantay Animal Welfare-Albay, where dogs are caught and later adopted.

About 15 dogs were adopted this Saturday.

Jerica Soreda burst into tears as she carried a puppy with a brace on one leg due to a wound.

She allegedly found the dog on the road and took care of it for a few days. But since there was no room in the house, Soreda decided to turn the animal over to the city veterinary office.

“Sana lahat na po maging passionate and responsible owner of dog,” said city veterinarian na Manny Estipona.

(I hope everyone will be passionate and responsible owner of dog.)

“Ang aso, it’s [an] emotional, social being. Kailangan po nila ng bonding sa may-ari,” he added.

(A dog, it’s [an] emotional, social being. They need bonding with the owner.)

Yvette Mildenberger, who has long been a dog lover and also helps rescue animals, has adopted two dogs.

“Naging active din ako sa mga [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] activities. Noong nalaman ko na may ganito pala dito and since may space pa kami, nag-decide kami mag-adopt [ng] at least dalawa,” said Mildenberger.

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Dog adoption program launched by Legazpi city gov’t

(I was also active in [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] activities. When I found out that there was something like this here and since we still have space, we decided to adopt [at] at least two.)

The local government program will be regular.

“Gusto kong mabigyan sila (mga aso) ng newness of life, para makaalaga sa kanila ‘yong mga true dog lover,” said Estipona.

(I want to give them (dogs) the newness of life, so those true dog lovers could take care of them.)

The program is also said to be one of the ways to reduce stray dogs in Legazpi city.

Before giving dogs for adoption, they should be tamed, treated for an illness, and vaccinated against rabies.

Bantay Animal Welfare-Albay, on the other hand, wants Albay residents to be aware of the responsible care of dogs.