Baguio City, Philippines – A ‘friendly and better temporary shelter services’ for impounded street animals in Baguio City is being proposed with the establishment of a two-storey animal care and adoption center.
This is to ensure the care and safety of animals, especially dogs caught in the streets as they wait to be claimed by their owners or to get adopted.
Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan sought this through an ordinance he passed, which is calendared for second reading and approval.
In a report of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Baguio, said animal care and adoption center aims at ensuring the welfare of the animals impounded after caught wandering around the streets in the city.
The proposed two-storey building will have individual cages and a surgery room.
Additionally, the Animal Health Division of the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office will also hold office in the said facility with its own cashier for faster payment of fees for adopted dogs or for those that will be claimed by their owners.
Meantime, the vice mayor claimed that the existing city pound is already overburdened and that the construction of the proposed animal care and adoption center will pave the way to better services in compliance with Republic Act 8485, ‘An Act to Promote Animal Welfare in the Philippines, Otherwise Known as "The Animal Welfare Act Of 1998"’.
Funding for the construction of the animal center will be taken from the tax of the Philippine Export Zone Authority to the Baguio government or from other funds available which can be realigned.
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