Drug Enforcement Agency personnel this week rescued dozens of stray cats roaming freely inside the agency’s national headquarters in Quezon City, with the animals set to undergo neutering and spaying to prevent unwanted breeding and overpopulation of homeless pets.
PDEA Deputy Director General for Administration and Chief of Staff, Director Irish C. Calaguas said they rescued 12 adult cats and seven kittens in compliance with Section 7 of Republic Act 8485, An Act to promote animal welfare in the Philippines or “The Animal Welfare Act of 1998”.
The law explicitly states that “it shall be the duty of every person to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife. The destruction of said habitat shall be considered as a form of cruelty to animals and its preservation is a way of protecting the animals.”
Calaguas said that the rescued cats are scheduled to undergo neutering and spaying under the supervision of PDEA veterinarians assigned at the PDEA K-9 Unit headed by Agent Diana Amar.
The official also said that two dogs named “Julio” and “Julia,” both living inside the PDEA Sagip Batang Solvent Reformation Center in Clemente Subdivision, Barangay San Agustin, Novaliches, Q.C. also underwent neutering and spaying procedures recently and are now on their way to full recovery.