April 2, 2023

The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office has neutered and spayed 1,602 dogs and cats from January to July this year.

Veterinarian III Gladys Bantog said 80 percent of the pets that underwent the procedure during the seven-month period are cats.

She added minimal fee P1,000 for males and P1,500 for females are charged for each spaying and neutering operation conducted every Friday at the CVAO, Slaughterhouse Compound, Sto. Niño.

The city has an estimated 50,000 dogs and 30,000 cats.

She said pet owners wanting to have their dogs or cats spayed or neutered must first register at the CVAO, Mondays to Fridays, and will be on a first come, first served basis. Walk-in is not allowed.

Bantog encouraged barangays to coordinate with the CVAO to schedule the activity in their respective areas for convenience.

According to the CVAO website, a maximum of two pets per owner is allowed. Owners who already availed of the free spay and neuter will be the last priority. Pets should have been vaccinated against rabies at least two weeks before surgery and should be at least six months and not more than two years old. Cats should weigh at least 1.5 kilograms. For more information, visit the CVAO or call 443-5332. – Gaby B. Keith