Stray Dogs Are Being Trained as Service Animals in This City

Rescued stray dogs have reportedly started training as service animals to become salutary members of the community in Quezon City. According to Mayor Joy Belmonte, the dogs are sheltered and listed as candidates for rehabilitation and adoption to become pets of families, emotional support dogs, or even bomb detection canines.

The mayor also added that veterinarians make sure that the rescued animals undergo a comprehensive assessment, health check, and temperament test before training. The rehoming evaluation is a three-day observation and safety assessment that identifies the dog’s comfort level with the following:

  • restraint and touch
  • reaction to new experiences (including movement and sound stimuli)
  • bite inhibition
  • behavior around food and toys
  • arousal level toward other animals

They will also be screened for common dog diseases such as:

  • parvovirus
  • distemper
  • transmissible venereal tumor
  • mange and other parasitism

“This is to determine if a dog is suitable as a pet or a community service canine,” Belmonte said in a statement. Only healthy dogs will reportedly be qualified for the rehabilitation and adoption program.

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Up to 57 dogs are being rescued in Quezon City every day according to the local government’s veterinary department, including those who were surrendered by their owners.

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