ALMOST 30,000 pets in Angeles City have received free anti-rabies vaccination from the City Government since January 2021.
According to Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, who is overseeing the house-to-house anti-rabies vaccination of the City Veterinary Office led by Dr. Christian Arcilla, at least 24,011 pets from the city’s 33 barangays -- 18,534 dogs, 5,476 cats, and a rabbit -- have received vaccination.
Manuel said that apart from the vaccination in the barangays, the veterinary office at the City Hall served 2,877 pet owners, with 3,283 dogs and 1,180 cats.
This totals to 28,474 pets vaccinated.
Manuel, an animal lover herself, said this initiative has been a program of the City Government as soon as Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. took office, supervised by his Chief Adviser IC Calaguas.
Lazatin wants to promote responsible pet ownership among Angeleño households by the free programs being provided by the City Government, Calaguas said.
Amid the pandemic, the City Government allotted P5 million for the free neutering and spaying of 1,000 pets, as well as free anti-rabies vaccines for 30,000 pets in the city.
A total of P10 million was appropriated for the improvement of the city hall Animal Pound to ensure the welfare and comfort of rescued animals.