9 already ‘retirable’ PDEA dogs up for adoption
CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is organizing a campaign for the adoption of at least nine of their already “retirable” narcotic detection dogs to provide these with new homes.
Dogs for adoption will come from the National Capital Region (NCR) -5, Western Visayas – 1, Central Visayas – 1, and Davao region – 2.
The agency has identified May 3 as their “Adoption Day” for their “hero dogs” – 8 Belgian malinois and a German shepherd -that are in need of new families.
Adoption is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who are interested to provide shelter to these dogs are advised to visit the PDEA K-9 Unit Facility located in Sitio Lambakin, Barangay Sto.Cristo in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.
“Adoption is a loving option,” PDEA posted on its Facebook page called PDEA Top Stories on Thursday, April 25.
“Make Hero Dogs become a member of your family,” it added.
One of those up for adoption is a 10-year-old German shepherd named Pappy that will come from the PDEA Central Visayas office. While the dog is already old, its remains well behaved and suitable for adoption.
“Good with adults, not yet assessed if good with children and other animals,” PDEA posted on its Facebook page.
Fiel Brian JdotOna has expressed interest to adopt Pappy as a replacement for his German shepherd that died last week. At least 61 others also expressed interest to provide the dog with a new home.
Another dog named Andres, a German malinois, that comes from their NCR office is only one-year-old, but he shows “no potential” in the agency’s anti-narcotics campaign, thus the need for adoption.
“We are posting nine Retired PDEA Narcotic Detection Dogs ready for adoption to those interested citizens,” the PDEA post said.
With the approval of PDEA Director Aaron Aquino, the agency organized its first adoption day on August 17, 2018.
According to the PDEA FB page, dogs up for adoption are made to undergo evaluation for determination if these are already due for retirement based on their performance in drug detection and health condition.
Those who are interested to adopt PDEA narcotic detection dogs are advised to fill up the application and agreement adoption forms that may be download from the PDEA page or contact Bernardo S. Velasquez, the head of the agency’s K-9 Unit at cellphone number 0917-1423460.
As of 6 p.m. today, April 27, the PDEA post already solicited 2, 100 engagements; 2, 600 shares and 1, 100 comments.
“The reason why PDEA would not keep them not because they don’t want them. But instead, they want retired dogs to experienced a loving, family type of environment because they deserved to be a normal dog again. Kaya nga retired eh. And all of these dogs are neutered,” Angel Aimee Mutia commented on the PDEA post.
“Parang ang sakit! They serve the country tapos ngayung matanda na sila ipapaampon nyu na? Anong mararamdaman mo bilang isang tao yung minahal mo anv pamilya mo tapos ipapaampon ka? Bakit di nyu nlng alagaan hanggang mawalan sila ng buhay dahil mas gusto nilang mamatay kasama ang mga taong nag alaga sa kanila?” said Quimmy Peralta./dcb
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