MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, Sept 10 (PIA) — After initiating pet neutering and spaying twice in the province as effective animal control strategy, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), in partnership with the Humane Society International (HSI) and Cebu City Veterinary, is negotiating on the possibility of placing at least two veterinarians in the island for a year to spearhead the neutering team.
This after Dr. Rey C. del Napoles, consultant of HSI Philippines, who spearheaded the recent neutering activity in Camiguin, appreciated the remarkable response from the public compared to other provinces they visited.
A total of 273 pet owners have availed of the free dog/cat neutering/spaying activity, which costs P5,000 if availed in private clinics.
Meanwhile, 344 animals have undergone the procedure, cutting the expected population of 1,720 heads, assuming each animal produces five offspring twice a year.
The strategy is expected to control not only animal population but also reduce occurrence of rabid animal bites.
The same activity was undertaken last year, in cooperation with the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), benefiting 157 pet owners and 1,570 pets.
The provincial government had likewise extended its assistance to its partners providing all needed logistical support.
Aside from neutering/spaying, it continuously conducts house to house rabies vaccination, stray dog catching activities, and animal health treatment service. (PIA 10)