To prevent stray animals from being euthanized, the local government of Quezon City has opened a new adoption center for dogs and cats. 

The new facility—the QC Animal Care and Adoption Center—is located in Brgy. Payatas and was officially inaugurated Thursday (November 4) last week in a ceremony led by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. 

According to Belmonte, they used the city’s original pound for the new center, transforming it into a facility that will be able to host animals for adoption. 

“We will be transforming our existing City Pound into a center that will promote animal adoption. The city believes that every animal deserves a loving and caring family since dogs and cats are known to be good companion animals,” she explained. 

The animals that will be rescued and brought to the adoption center will undergo various programs aimed at rehabilitating and training the rescued animals, readying them for adoption rather than mercy-killing or euthanasia.

The center can accommodate up to 60 animals and features a surgery room for pets that need medical attention. It also has separate cages for sick animals to prevent infections.

The initiative was the brainchild of the Quezon City Veterinary Department( QCVD) along with different animal welfare groups, following Republic Act 8454, the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.

The local government noted that this is just the start of their mission to create safe spaces for animals. They also plan to establish different pet-friendly spaces in malls, restaurants, coffee, and other public facilities for both owners and pets. 

See what the facility looks like below!

Pinasinayaan ni Mayor Joy Belmonte kasama ang pamunuan ng City Veterinary Department sa pangunguna ni Dr. Ana Marie...

Posted by Quezon City Government on Thursday, November 4, 2021

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