OCVet invites pet owners to free spay-neuter program Print
Friday, 08 June 2018 16:09

The Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) reiterates its invitation to all dog and cat owners to avail of the free spay/neuter program that will be conducted from June 18 to 21 in four strategic locations.

According to City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola, the activity will kick off on June 18 at OCVet’s premises in Barangay San Roque. Subsequent spay/neuter procedures will be conducted at the Mayor VitalianoAgan Coliseum inTetuan (June 19), the GSP Zamboanga City Council Building in Sta. Maria (June 20), and ZCSPC Gymnasium in Baliwasan (June 21).

To qualify, patient pets must possess the following qualifications: (1) apparently healthy male and female dogs and cats six [6] months of age or older; (2) must be vaccinated against rabies at least two [2] weeks before the scheduled surgery; (3) must not be pregnant or at least three [3] months after giving birth; and, (4) no food/water intake within twelve (12) hours prior to the scheduled surgery.

While the procedure itself is free, a registration fee of P100 per head must be paid in compliance with City Ordinance 241, otherwise known as the Rabies Ordinance of Zamboanga City, which mandates the registration of dogs.

The City Government of Zamboanga through OCVet, together with the Humane Society International, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office IX, and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Society, are looking to perform 300 spay/neuter operations in the course of four days.

For further inquiries, interested parties may visit the Office of the City Veterinarian at City Abattoir Compound, Talungon, San Roque, or call 985-0247/955-0245.

The joint spay/neuter undertaking is part of OCVet’s mandate to promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership as well as ensure public safety in the city.

Spaying or neutering refers to a surgical procedure to render a dog or cat unable to produce litters of puppies or kittens. Spaying refers to an operation in which both ovaries and generally the uterus are removed from the female animal. Neutering the male animal refers to removing both testicles from the scrotum through a small incision. (Source: http://www.spayfirst.org/programs/what-is-spay-neuter/).- (Caludine Mamales-Uniana)