Advocates push for Davao to be ‘pet-friendly’ place

Here’s one title which can be added to Davao City’s growing accomplishments–“Pet-loving City.”

Pet advocates are pushing for this distinction with the staging of the Mindanao Pet Congress as part of the 4th Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS) on May 26 to 27, 2017 at Abreeza, Ayala Mall.

This year’s Mindanao Pet Congress will highlight dogs as the main attraction of the event.

Guesting during Wednesday’s Habi at Kape at Abreeza, Dr. Criselda Lao representing University of the Philippines Medical Veterinary Students Society and The Ark Veterinary Clinic said the event aims to promote Davao City as a pet-friendly city as well as to increase awareness on responsible pet ownership.

Highlighting the pet congress will be the fashion show where dogs and their owners will take the ramp wearing their ‘Rock & Roll’-themed outfit, following this year’s VDFS theme ‘Rock Your Summer’.

The event will also feature a pet mission where pet owners could bring their dogs for free check up, vaccination, deworming, and castration.

“Owners must take note of the importance of spay and neuter because it controls the overpopulation of dogs,” said Lao.

Lao also noted on the growing interest of the public for pet-ownership as she recalled that during the early 2000’s, there were only three to four veterinary clinics in the city.

“Now there are already 49, and we have not yet included the Toril area on the counting,” said Lao.

The veterinary practitioner expressed optimism on the expansion of the pet congress in the years to come.

“Hopefully, next year we can include cats on the congress,” said Lao.
Registration for the fashion show is still ongoing. Deadline of the registration is on May 25, 2017. For more details, visit Mindanao Pet Congress Facebook page at

The Mindanao Pet Congress is a project of Visit Davao Fun Sale, The Ark Veterinary Clinic, UP Medical Veterinary Students Society, andsupported by Davao Dog Lovers Community.

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