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Free Spay/Neuter for Cats and Dogs in Cebu

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Cebu City Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) Steps up its Efforts to Control Homeless Pet Population

Here's good start to our week, animal welfare advocates. We've received news that the city veterinarian of Cebu, Dr. Alice Utlang, has launched a free spay/neuter drive tp help control the stray and homeless cats and dogs in the city. This is amazing considering not many other cities have done this before. This goes to show that it can be done and if they can do it in Cebu, there shouldn't be any reason other city governments not to do it.

I'm honestly thrilled for the residents of Cebu City. And with the PAWS and Purina "Homeless, Not Worthless" TV campaign still running and, hopefully, inspiring people into action, I hope pet owners come in droves to check out their city veterinarian's Animal Birth Control Center project.

Kudos to Dr. Utlang and the Cebu City government!

What are the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet?

1. You help yourself and your pet - getting your pets fixed (spayed or neutered) will likely give it a happier and well-adjusted temperament because they will not need to go through heat cycles that change their behavior. They will not get the urge to go out of the house to mate which significantly reduces their chances of being exposed to harm. Their chances of getting breast cancer is also reduced. Chances of Uterine infections and testicular cancer is eliminated 100%. Spaying and neutering will likely increase your pets life!

2. You help your community - the consequences of stray and homeless animals overpopulation is well-known. We all know what happens when homeless animals visit our trash cans, defecate on our properties and bite humans. Spaying and neutering will help reduce the number of unwanted pets in your community which would help reduce the occurrences of such.

3. You help the animals - Spaying and neutering help animal welfare organizations and animal shelters because animal shelters are full and there are more homeless animals than there are adoptive homes to save them (this is also the reason we encourage people to adopt rather than buy puppies and kittens for sale in the Philippines). Millions of animals are euthanized in pounds and shelters everywhere because they are unable to find enough homes to take them.

Prevent all the death and suffering by doing your part. Spay and neuter your pets. If you're afraid it would cost you money, think about how much more it will cost you if you get a litter of six to feed and take care of. Giving away puppies and kittens to your family and friends does not solve anything because your pet will be capable of creating more soon after doing so.

Go and inquire about the spay/neuter programs of your city government. As an alternative, contact animal welfare NGOs like PAWS and CARA as they usually have low-cost or free spay/neuter programs, too!

Inquirer report: Animal birth control center launched

Recommended reading:
Why you should spay or neuter your pet
Why spay or neuter your pet?

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  1. 3 comments: Responses to “ Free Spay/Neuter for Cats and Dogs in Cebu ”

  2. By keli keni on Mar 24, 2009, 9:38:00 PM

    I've read about recent post from paws' yahoo groups. kudos to all of you guys,:)

  3. By Anonymous on May 10, 2009, 6:01:00 PM

    FANTASTIC!! way to go Dr. Alice!!!
    now if other cities would jump on board.
    PLus What im looking for is AFFORDABLE spaying not necessarily free. how about donation.
    Thing is I have 6 females to spay and 2 males to neuter and in Dumaguete cost 2500 for spaying = 15,000 all in all WHO CAN AFFORD THAT?

    Why aren't vets offering it affordable this is what I don't understand!

  4. By Urgent Pets on Jan 29, 2010, 4:34:00 AM

    Wonderful! Hope the free sterilizing program continues on for a long time. Cebu sure needs it! Pet care education and adoption awareness will help the community and animals a lot too.

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