THE Bacolod City Animal Welfare-Task Force (Bacaw-TF) launched its comprehensive program and projects for the rescue of dogs and cats at the Bacolod Government Center Tuesday, April 13.
Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda, in-charge of Bacaw-TF, said that Bacaw-TF, a Bacolod task force created under the auspices of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Executive Order 13, series of 2021, aimed at identifying, reassessing and acting on animal welfare concerns in the city with the primary of ensuring responsible pet ownership.
He said the comprehensive program and projects of Bacaw-TF include the massive dog and cat anti-rabies vaccination, information and education campaign, dog rescue and identification activities, pound facility improvement, umbrella project, impounded dog adoption, and animal control and care program.
"Bacaw-TF immediate plan of action this year 2021 are to assist the organizing of the animal welfare advocates movement in Bacolod City, implement the umbrella project in the barangays, massive information and education campaign in the print, broadcast and social media, and dogs adoption campaign," he added.
The task force was led by Leonardia as the chairperson; Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran as co-chairperson; vice-chairperson, City Veterinarian; and the members include the Bacolod City Police Office director, City Legal Officer, City Health Officer, City Engineer, Public Information Officer, and the volunteer animal welfare groups the BACH Project Ph and PAWSsion Project Ph.
Pineda said Bacaw-TF envisions Bacolod as a friendly and safe haven for pets, strays and pet lovers alike.
“Which means, a rabies free city, a city, free of strays, impounded dogs are well taken care of, and the people become responsible pet owner,” he said.