K9 are turned over to their new owners after servicing PDEA for eight long years.
BULACAN, Philippines – They are considered man’s best friend. More so, if they are part of a noble mission.
Police dogs play an essential role in every operation especially for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
But like policemen, they also have their time for retirement.
On Friday (September 21), 21 narcotic detection dogs (NDDs) were delivered to their new families.
“A dog deserves to be cared for hanggang sila ay mamatay o hanggang sa huling hininga nila” said PDEA Chief of Public Information Office Director Derrick Arnold Carreon.
In a ceremony in San Jose Del Monte, Bulasan, 14 Belgian Malinois, a Dutch shepherd, two Jack Russel terriers, a golden retriever, and a German shepherd were all turned over to their adoptive families.
One of them is Reynaldo Ramirez who works in a rehabilitation facility. As a new handler, Reynaldo went through strict adoption and screening process. After five months of long wait, he was finally allowed to adopt a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois.
“Part ng program doon yung mga hayop sa Zoology Department very therapeutic sa mga patients,” he said as he noted his plans for his new pet.
Before adoption, PDEA assured that the “hero dogs” were all in good health.
PDEA will conduct a series of periodic monitoring to make sure that their new owners provide them with sufficient food, grooming and loving care. They are also not allowed for other purposes other than house pets.
“Kung tutuusin kaya pa kung pipilitin pero ipinagbabawal po nating gamitin silang pang lahi,” Carreon said.
This is the first time that PDEA opened an adoption for its retiring K9 units after servicing the agency for eight long years. The agency, meanwhile, already purchased 100 new breed of narcotics dogs which they will train together with their handlers. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)