PDEA puts 13 retired hero dogs up for adoption

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Applicants for NDDs adoption have undergone strict procedures, interviews and screening process before handed over to them the retired PDEA kennel. Photo by RR Eleogo

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has retired 13 of its narcotics detection dogs, or NDDs and put them up for adoption.

RONDA Balita Online News editor-in-chief Manny D. Balbin and Eloisa Silverio of IOrbit Online News interviewed a PDEA agent and handler of a retired drug-sniffing dog. Photo by RR Eleogo

Dubbed as “Adoption Day of Narcotics Detection Dogs,” the adoption ceremony was held Friday at PDEA K9 Unit, Sitio Lambakin, Brgy. Sto. Cristo, City of San Jose del Monte.

“A kennel where our retired drug-sniffing dogs are mostly kept inside cages is not the ideal place for postering. PDEA has made available for adoption because we want them to live in a stress-free environment with a loving family that could give them care and attention they richly deserved,” Director Derrick Arnold Carreon, chief, Public Information Office said.

“Kaysa dito lang sila at naghihintay tumanda hanggang sa mamamatay, eh, mainam na siguro yung may mag-aalaga sa kanila,” Carreon added.

Among the dogs adopted were 9 Belgian Malinos, 2 Jack Russell Terriers, 1 German Shepperd, and 1 Labrador Golden Retriever whose aged is five years old and up. All dogs are well-behaved and suitable for adoption.

PDEA NDDs are widely used in the detection of illegal drugs during the implementation of search warrants in establishments, greyhound operation in jails and prisons, and interdiction operations and checkpoint operations in airports and seaports.

Pet lover from Hagonoy, Bulacan Annicon Villarin, an applicant for adoption. Photo by RR Eleogo

The news dog owners have undergone strict adoption procedures that include interviews and screening process before the retired NDDs were handed to them. They have proven the capacity of humane care and financially capable of maintaining the dogs’ necessities such as food, grooming needs, and health care.

Even the turnover, these dogs will still be monitored and checked from time to time.

51 dog lovers from different areas applied for the adoption procedure and on Sept. 17 the new owners will get their respective dogs at the said K9 Facility and Training Ground.

Alicia Arcilla, one of the applicant for adoption from Villa Muzon, CSJDM, said that she was a dog lover and she wanted to take care of the retired dogs of PDEA.

“Sana mapili ako para kahit papaano ay maipakita ang pagmamahal sa kanila kahit sa huling taon ng kanilang buhay,” Arcilla added.

“These dogs have greatly helped PDEA in executing its duties to rid our country of illegal drugs, and have retired. They are hailed as heroes after serving in the front line of the government’s fight against illegal drugs. Now, that they have found a new family and a home where they will be treated not just heroes but simply as dogs,” chief of PIO said.

The adoption of the retired NDDs is another milestone in the history of PDEA. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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