Arroyos seek establishment of pet registry

THE government will soon create a national agency where people can
register their pets like dogs and cats.

Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado
Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) filed House Bill 1577 as they
expressed concern over the lack of a national pet registry in the

The rising cases of missing pet animals have prompted them to file a
bill establishing a national pet registry and database for missing
pets and strays, according to Arroyo.

Arroyo said the proposed national pet registry will include important
information on all pets into a national database.

Through registration, shelters, veterinarians, pet organizations and
individuals will be able to notify the owner immediately should a
missing pet end up in the registry’s care, Arroyo said.

Under the bill, every pet will have an online profile with veterinary
or medical records, emergency contacts, tattoos, photos, histories,
medical logs, and certifications just like in other countries.

“The Missing Pets and Found Strays Database should be equipped with a
search engine so that all reports of lost pets can be uploaded and
categorized, enabling users to find possible matches. The database
would be readily accessible through the internet,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said the website will have a link to various kennel clubs,
animal welfare societies and veterinary organizations such as the
Philippine Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA),
Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Protected Areas and Wildlife
Bureau (PWB), Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and
Philippine Canine Club, Inc.

The bill mandates the director of the Bureau of Animal Industry to
establish and maintain a public website through which a pet registry
and a complete database of missing pets and found strays would be

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