Jaymee T.Gamil, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Animal welfare advocates called on the Quezon City government “to put in black and white” the reported scrapping of an animal control ordinance limiting the number of pets per household to four.
At 78, Virginia Romero has seen quite a few battles in life, but her latest still rekindles the passion of her younger years.
“Ako na lang ang ikulong nila (They might as well put me behind bars),” she says defiantly of Ordinance No. 13, S-97, that “bans the (ownership) of animals in settlement or resettlement areas.” The law was passed in 1997 by the City Council of Marikina City.
Romero, who has been living in the city’s resettlement area since 1994, had to surrender one of her dogs recently when it bit a neighbor who lives just a few meters away. But the elderly laundrywoman still keeps three dogs and a couple of cats in the 24-square-meter house that she shares with a son.
Nobody can take the remaining animals from her, she vows in a virtual declaration of war on the city government, a sentiment shared by her other pet-owning neighbors.
According to officials implementing the ordinance, keeping pets in a small cramped space where relocated residents live would be unhealthy. The residents were informal settlers living on the banks of the Marikina River who were resettled by then Marikina mayor Bayani Fernando in pocket-sized houses just big enough for a toilet and bath.
Complaints about the law have reached the City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO), says city vet Dr. Manuel “Bobot” Carlos. Similar complaints about seized animals that pet owners are no longer allowed to retrieve have also flooded the office of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), he adds.
PAWS Conducts Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries, demonstration to vet-med students and RPO Lectures in a 3-legged Samar Outreach Program
As part of its 3-legged Samar Spay/Neuter Outreach Program, The PAWS Spay Neuter and Humane Education Team travelled 40 hours by land and sea to the Salamat Animal Rescue Center in Catbalogan, Western Samar where 47 animals were spayed or neutered over the course of 3 days.
The team then headed to Catarman, Northern Samar to conduct a Spay/Neuter Outreach and humane education talks for residents in the area.
They were pleasantly surprised to learn that the local government was inaugurating the newly-constructed Animal Birth Control Center or ABC Center, on the very same day that they came - July 16, 2012
The Local Government Unit of Taguig and The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) took the first step into working together for animal welfare by conducting a seminar-workshop on animal control guidelines, humane dog catching and building and management of impounding facility for stray animals.
The seminar-workshop which was held on September 6, 2011 aimed to promote and expand animal welfare to 25 officials of Barangay Fort Bonifacio along with Taguig Councilor Lino Cayetano, who expressed plans of building an animal control facility for the City of Taguig and asked for PAWS’s inputs.