MANILA — Pet owners should regulate the frequency of their animals' reproduction in order to help solve the country's problem with strays, the head of an animal welfare group said Monday.
Anna Cabrera, executive director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), said adoption may not be enough to counter the Philippines' problem with the growing number of homeless animals.
"There’s no way we can adopt our way to this situation. We need to get to the root cause," Cabrera said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
Cabrera suggested that animals undergo procedures where their reproductive organs are surgically removed so they would no longer be able to produce offspring.
Mass reproduction, Cabrera noted, results in animals being given away to people who may not be ready to raise pets, leading to them being abandoned.
"Most start-up animal welfare groups, they want to save the dogs of this pound, save them from death row, which is good," Cabrera said.
"But those are addressing the symptoms of the problem, not the root cause. And the root cause is failure to spay or neuter pets," she added.
An average of 200 dogs end up in pounds each month in Marikina but figures of homeless animals are larger in bigger cities in Metro Manila, said Cabrera.
- Ara Eugenio