Condo dwellers taught to be responsible pet owners
The country’s first Quadruple A developer, DMCI Homes, has linked hands with animal advocates in its bid to promote responsible pet ownership in its condominium communities.
Last Sept. 23, DMCI Homes invited the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART) to its Stellar Place property in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City to educate residents not only on the proper handling of their pet dogs and cats but also on the appropriate way of dealing with stray animals.
During the seminar, Stellar Place unit owners were told to make it a commitment to address their pets’ physical, social, emotional and mental well-being by giving them adequate sustenance, proper shelter, medical care and daily exercise.
“Your needs are similar to your pets’ needs. So it’s just like taking care of a child and if your dogs are seniors, it’s like taking care of your old parents,” PART Executive Director Rowena Suzara told the unit owners.
At the same time, the animal welfare group official took the opportunity to introduce the Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program to prevent overpopulation of stray animals in the property.
“We have to learn to coexist with animals. As humans, we need space. We need land. It’s the same thing with animals if we drive them out of their habitats,” Suzara said as she enumerated the long term benefits of the scheme.
The UP-MMDA Vanguard K9 Corps, on the other hand, demonstrated basic obedience training for pet dogs as part of the group’s advocacy to raise disaster awareness.