The Department of Agriculture-CAR, Benguet State University College of Veterinary Medice, Provincial Veterinary Office-Benguet, and the Baguio City Veterinary Office conducted free spay and neuter services on March 24.
Forty six animals were neutered or spayed during the event held at the BSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
“The activity is in support of the rabies free campaign, wherein the target is to eradicate rabies in the Philippines by 2020. However, this would not be attained with the incessant increase in the number of cats and dogs, especially unwanted ones that become strays. But by neutering pets, it helps in the containment and reduction of the population of these animals,” said Dr. Janice Penchon, Veterinarian II of BSU.
“Aside from that, the procedure aids in reducing aggression, lowers the risk to cancer, and increases the life span of your pets,” she added.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal.
BSU Rabies Coordinator Richard Dumapis said extension programs such as free neuter and spay service are part of the outreach programs of the university.
“We want to expose the students to these kinds of government activities so that when they go out, they will be acquainted with government programs,” Dumapis said.
Dumapis also hopes that the activity be sustained with the help of concerned agencies.