TACLOBAN CITY-The City Veterinary Office (CVO) reiterated once more the importance of responsible pet ownership and announced the schedule of their anti-rabies vaccination drive for the remaining days of December.

According to CVO Head Dr. Eunice Alcantara, if owners will take responsibility for their pets, probable rabies cases will be mitigated.

The last reported case of rabies in Tacloban City was in 2020 in Barangay Basper.
She also added that there will be no stray dog-related road accidents and their dog pound operations will decrease.

The official disclosed that CVO’s impounding services net an average of 10 stray dogs during their operations.

In a report from the Office on their dog pound operations, a total of 2,392 dogs had been voluntarily surrendered or caught as of November this year. Of the total number, only 53 were redeemed by their owners, while the rest were euthanized.

Meanwhile, the schedule of the anti-rabies vaccination drives is as follows: Dec. 14-15 at Brgy. 62-B; Dec. 16-19 at Brgy. 59-A; Dec. 21-23 at Brgy. 84 San Jose; and Dec. 26-30 at Brgy. 87 San Jose.

On the other hand, the CVO offers free 5 neuter services and 1 spay service at their office daily, during office hours. Those interested will only need to send a message to the official Facebook page of the veterinary office to register.

Lastly, the official encouraged pet owners to register their dogs to take advantage of the free services of the veterinary office. Dog registration is mandated under the animal code of Tacloban City.

“Waray layaw nga ayam kun may ada responsable nga pet owner,” said the City veterinarian.

Under Sections 15.1, 27, and 28 of City Ordinance 2006-9-264, or the “Animal Code of Tacloban,” owners of stray dogs will face sanctions.