Bagong bantay! QC training rescued animals as community service dogs

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Rescued canines in Quezon City are getting another mission as community service dogs.

The Quezon City Veterinary Department (QCVD) has started training the rescued dogs as emotional support dogs, explosive detection dogs or simply pets.

“Before training them, our veterinarians make sure that the rescued animals undergo a comprehensive assessment, health check, and even temperament test. This is for us to determine if a dog is suitable as a pet or a community service canine,” said Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Each dog will undergo a three-day observation and a Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming (SAFER) test that identifies the dog’s comfort level with restraint and touch, reaction to new experiences including movement and sound stimuli, bite inhibition, behavior around food and toys, and arousal level toward other dogs.

They will also be screened for common disease conditions such as Parvovirus, Distemper, Transmissible Venereal Tumor, and Mange and parasitism. Only healthy dogs will be qualified for the Rehabilitation and Adoption Program.

Dogs which satisfactorily passed the assessment are put up for immediate adoption and some are further trained as emotional support and community service dogs and undergo training on basic behavior, obedience, and socialization.