The target of thieves are usually purebred pets, but there are also many cases of domesticated native dogs and cats that suspiciously go missing. Many of those reported stolen were small animals like toy dogs and cats, which could be easily carried away or placed inside a bag. However, medium and large size dogs are not completely off the hook as some have gone missing or were stolen, too.
On Oct. 31, a certain Aira Maldta Negra posted on Facebook about her Shih Tzu and Pug which she said were stolen from their house in Calumpit, Bulacan at dawn. The grief-stricken Aira pleaded to anyone with information on “Gagay” the Shih Tzu and “Imaw” the Pug which she both treats like her children.
She also posted a heart-wrenching prayer: “Lord sila n lang regalo nyo sakin ngaun pasko na maibalik nagmamakaawa po ako. (Lord I beg to have my dogs back as your Christmas gift to me).”
“They are not just my dogs, they are my babies,” Aira said.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has raised its concern over the continuously rising incidences of pet abduction in the country, particularly in Metro Manila. Its Facebook page has a section devoted to missing pets where they post pictures and information about the lost animals, as well as tips to keep them safe.
In addition, PAWS encourages pet owners to be vigilant and keep their pets safe by doing the following:
* When in public places (i.e, the mall, walking on your street/village, the vet clinic, etc), always make sure your pet is wearing a collar attached to a leash to keep them safe from harm and to keep them from hurting or scaring others. Also make sure you are always holding on to the leash and in control of your pet. RA9482: The Anti Rabies Act of 2007 Section 5 (Responsibilities of a Pet Owner) requires owners to maintain control over their dog and not allow it to roam the streets or any Public Place without a leash.
* Make sure you keep your pets indoors or in your home/yard/lot that is properly fenced to prevent your pets from running out of your home and being injured by vehicles, becoming victims of cruelty or picked up by dogcatchers or dog meat traders.
* Don't leave your pet unattended in public places (example: Don't leave your dog tied outside if you plan to eat in a restaurant. If your dog is with you, then please sit outside in the al
* SPAY/NEUTER your pets so that they don't wander off looking for a mate.
* Consider providing a pet tag hanging on your pet's collar. If your pet gets lost, this lets good samaritans know who to contact if your pet is found. You can also consider microchipping - this allows vets to be able to scan the dog for information of the owner.
* If you want your missing pet's photo posted in the PAWS LOST PETS album, please email TO: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com and include a clear/recent photo, date/place last seen and your contact info.