IWCT is in Iloilo to cut some balls

YES FOLKS, the International Wildlife Coalition Trust or IWCT is in Iloilo to literally cut the balls off some unsuspecting males thus rendering them unable to breed and propagate their specie.

Today and tomorrow, Feb. 19, the IWCT team – and take note, they are headed by a woman – will be cutting off some balls in the towns of Janiuay and Oton, respectively.

And before the entire male population of Janiuay and Oton run off to the hills in fear that their balls will be subject to mutilation making them instant eunuchs, chill; it is not what it seems. But definitely there will be a lot of males and females rendered unable to breed after the IWCT team is done with what they came to Iloilo for.

By this time I’m pretty sure you realized that I’m only playing you just to make interesting and add a bit of dry humor to an otherwise boring topic, i.e. “spay and neuter.”

From that free online encyclopedia a.k.a. the internet:

Spaying refers to the removal of the reproductive organs of female dogs and cats, while neutering is the removal of the testicles in male dogs and cats. The surgeries are always performed while the animal is under anesthesia.

Whew, what a relief. The IWCT team will be cutting off the balls of male dogs and not human males in Janiuay and Oton.

And this “spay and neuter” plus some IEC or Information and Education Campaign on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare is in collaboration with the Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office and the local governments of Janiuay and Oton.

And it’s probably in response to this item in the Feb. 2, 2019 issue of Panay News:

Iloilo has 77 rabid dogs in 2018 – PVO

The number of rabid dogs in Iloilo reached 77 last year, according to the Provincial Veterinarian Office (PVO).

It was higher compared to 40 in 2017, PVO records showed.

Rabies elimination is feasible through vaccination of dogs and prevention of dog bites.

Of course, experts say that to eliminate rabies it’s not just vaccination but controlling the overpopulation of dogs to prevent the spread of rabies.

So what is the International Wildlife Coalition Trust or IWCT? It is an animal welfare nongovernment organization based in the United Kingdom.

Excerpts from

International Wildlife Coalition Trust was founded in 1992 to promote whale and elephant conservation. In 1998, we learnt of the unspeakable cruelty and brutality of the dog meat trade in the Philippines. International Wildlife Coalition Trust began a campaign to tackle the appalling trading and slaughter of dogs for meat. Over the past 20 years, we have had great success in making fundamental changes to both the animal welfare laws and the way dogs are treated in the Philippines.  

We now run Veterinary and Operational teams in the Philippines and our main aims are to completely end the dog meat trade in the Philippines, whilst helping the Filipino dogs, through our neutering clinics and adoption programme, as well as ensuring that the standard of treatment and care of animals within the Philippines continues to rise.

And here are some of their programs in the Philippines and they brought to Iloilo:

Mobile clinics

A vital part of our future work is to control the dog population in the Philippines and improve the welfare of those dogs and the spread of disease, most importantly Rabies.

The Philippines is a very large country, over 7,500 islands, and to reach as much of it as possible, we identified the need to be mobile. In 2017, we formed the IWCT Mobile Clinic, a highly trained and dedicated team of Vets and Assistants.

The Mobile Clinic is a temporary veterinary facility, visiting provincial areas every week, offering FREE neutering, vaccination and veterinary treatments for dog owners who can’t afford to go the vet. This is only made possible by the generosity of our loyal supporters.

Education program

A fundamental part of changing the way people treat animals in the Philippines is education. In 2017, we launched the IWCT Education Programme, inviting locals to attend meetings, run by a small team of IWCT experts, including at least one of our vets, in the provinces.

We cover everything from the basics of responsible pet ownership, including diet, what not to feed your dog, exercise and socialisation, the importance of neutering, regular vaccinations, de-worming and treatment to prevent external parasites. It also aims to remove any myths and beliefs around the subject of dogs and disease.

We have found that many people use string or chains as dog collars and so we carry and hand out new collars whenever we spot this, a simple act but one that can make a huge difference to both the dog and owner.

The IWCT team now in Janiuay and Oton tomorrow are; Ms Suzanne Llanera Executive Director, Dr. Roland Arciga Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Aris Rombaoa Deputy Veterinarian and Jelly Besa Veterinary Nurse they are working with the Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Silvino Teodosio Chief Provincial Veterinarian and Dr. Darel Tabuada Asst. Provincial Veterinarian.

We do hope that with this collaboration Iloilo will eventually be “rabies free” and not rabies full.”/PN


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