The city government of Makati has intensified its pet micro-chipping program to help pet owners avoid the cost of redundant rabies vaccinations.
Mayor Abigail Binay said each microchip contains a unique 15-digit code readable with a microchip scanner, and gives veterinarians access to a pet’s vaccination records for them to determine whether or not a pet needs to be given anti-rabies shots after biting a human, and if there is a need for the bite victim to be vaccinated against rabies.
“Makati is very close to achieving zero-rabies status. We will continue the good work we are doing and use the very best technology could offer to make sure that we achieve our goal. The pet microchipping program will allow both pet owners and veterinarians to monitor the health of our pets and guarantee that each one is free from rabies,” said Binay.
She also encouraged residents to take advantage of the free program and have their pets implanted with microchips as soon as possible.
The program aims at pet permanent identification, and rabies prevention, and in case the dog or cat went missing, they can be easily found and reunite with the owner.
Binay kicked off the project in October last year by having her own pet dogs named Choco, a poodle; Lucia, a shih tzu, and Tory, a pug, implanted with microchips to the session hall at city hall.
Makati City Veterinary Services Office chief Ma. Katherina Mangahas said there are roughly 32,000 registered pets in the city. The goal is to have all of them implanted with pet microchips and enter the pets’ details on a central database which contains their owner’s name, address, veterinarian, as well as vaccination records.
Beginning March 7, the VSO will also be accepting walk-ins for pet microchipping from 9 am until 3pm at two venues. For District 1 residents, they can proceed to the City Pound located at Ayala Ave ext. corner Malugay; and for District 2, pet owners may go to the Pembo Vet Office at Cadena de Amor St.
Pet owners are asked to bring their Yellow Card or voter’s certificate to prove that they are Makati residents, as well as their pet’s vaccination card.
At the same time, VSO teams are conducting house to house vaccination campaigns per barangay to give pets anti-rabies shots. The teams operate per barangay and go through all the houses with pets. Free rabies vaccines are also administered during the Lingkod Bayan Caravans which are scheduled on Saturdays to accommodate pet owners who work during weekdays.
The VSO requires pet owners to present their pets’ updated vaccination records before the animals are implanted with the microchip.
Makati was the first local government unit in Southeast Asia to implement citywide pet microchipping in October 2017. Under the program, the VSO will microchip up to five pets per Makati resident for free.
The program also promotes an absolute pet recovery program since the microchips hold the identify of pets and their owners, monitor the pet’s temperature and aid in disease monitoring.
The pet microchip is a computer chip enclosed in a small glass cylinder which is no larger than a grain of rice. It is injected under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades quickly and almost painlessly. It does not require any anesthesia.
The microchips use RFID technology and serve as a permanent pet ID, each containing a code that gives authorities access to the pet’s name, its owner’s name and address, attending veterinarian, as well as rabies vaccination records.