PILI CAMARINES SUR. Rabies is a deadly  viral disease that is often spread to humans through the bite of an infected animal.  In observance of the Rabies  Awareness Month this March, the Department of Agriculture in Bicol  through  the Regulatory Division and in partnership with other Institutions, conducted  a one day  free rabies vaccination,  neutering, spaying, deworming and consultation  for dogs and cats  at the DA compound on March 29, 2019.

A total of 95 dogs and cats, some were cross breeds but most were aspins (asong pinoy)  from nearby barangays and municipalities availed for the free service. 52 dogs and cats were vaccinated, 18   were neutered and spayed, while ­34 were dewormed.  Said services were performed by veterinarians from the Department of Agriculture (DA-5), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) Bicol Chapter,  Camarines Sur  Provincial office, and LGU Pili.

“Animals  are not human beings but they have also feelings” said Dr. Edgar Madrid, Regional Technical Director for Research & Regulations. “Animals deserve to be treated like humans, it is the responsibility of pet owners to  subject  them for vaccination and  administer other needs such as vitamins” he said.

 Meanwhile,  Raymund  Marcelino, Chief of the Regulatory division  welcomed all pet owners to  be part of the activity.” This is one way of eliminating rabies and enhance prevention by way of vaccination” he said.  Dogs and cats with health issues were also brought in for free consultations. Marcelino calls for responsible pet ownership and be an advocate for the prevention of this deadly disease. Freebies such as dog soap and vitamins were also given  during the day. (B. Nunez)