As part of its mission to prevent cruelty to animals and to offer sustainable solutions to the issue of stray dogs and cats in communities the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been promoting spay/neuter programs for companion animals.
PAWS’ newest campaign is its “Kapon for All Pets” program which proposes incentives to be offered by local governments to veterinary clinics operating within their cities and municipalities. A three-way partnership between PAWS and participating local governments, the program seeks to provide free or affordable kapon procedures for pets owned by the residents
For many years, the only programs that is consistently being implemented were impounding and vaccination. But it is a known fact that we need to address the issue of homeless animals.
Stray animals come from owned pets. Pets get pregnant or get other pets pregnant and once they give birth, people will give the puppies or kittens away.
That is why spay/neuter (kapon) for stray dogs and cats is ideal but this needs consistency and funding.
Since 2009, PAWS has been operating a low-cost spay-neuter clinic in Quezon City and gives free spay-neuter to indigent pet owners. In addition, its “KabaliCat” project implements trap-neuter-vaccinatate-and release activities for managing stray cats in neighborhoods. Also, dogs and cats for adoption in PAWS animal shelter are spayed or neutered.
With the lates program, participating veterinary clinics with the city or municipality will be working wlongside the local government to implement the program The local governments that will take part will be included in PAWS’ list of progressive kapon-friendly cities and municipalities, which the organization will be putting put on all of their social media channels in celebration of World Spay Day on February 22.
The first 10 local governments to implement the “Kapon for All Pets” fiscal and non-fiscal incentives will receive P 50,000.00 worth of surgery materials from PAWS and a plaque of recognition as a pioneer “Kapon for All Pets” local government partner.
“Kapon for All Pets” is proof that private-public partnerships can promote animal welfare, which is directly connected to public health issues and the eradication of rabies.
For all those LGUS interested to participate in the program, you may work with PAWS and email PAWS executive director Anna Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org
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