Stray animal roundup begins; residents asked to register their pets

Rudy Paco, the mayor of Mongmong-Toto-Maite, told the village mayors that the round-up is part of a plan to address the stray dog problem that has plagued the island for years. (PNC photo)

The mayors’ stray animal roundup starts tomorrow.

At the Mayors’ Council meeting Wednesday, Rudy Paco, the mayor of Mongmong Toto Maite, reminded village mayors about the program.

The round-up is part of a plan to address the stray dog problem that has plagued the island for years.

Guam has a huge stray dog population and the Department of Agriculture has estimated that there are 60,000 stray dogs all over the island.

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As the Stray Animal Round-Up (SARU) committee chair, Paco is requesting the mayors to assist with the implementation of the program at the village level.

“Those of you with spare dog traps, I am humbly asking you to drop it off at the Santa Rita Mayors Office so we can start doing the roundup. We are passing out the animal intake form so those of you that want to turn in a dog … to make it easier …please fill out this paper. Or give me a call so I can get a hold of GAIN and inform them that you guys are going to turn over a dog or cat,” Paco said.

Paco’s committee is also working with Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) to embed microchips in pets to differentiate them from strays and also to help identify pet owners. He says GAIN is offering a rate lower than what the veterinary clinics are offering.

“And then we have another form for pet registration. (For) pet registration – I am working right now with GAIN — as well with Mayor Dale (Santa Rita Mayor Dale Alvarez)  — to let me know when they are willing to let GAIN go down to Santa Rita to start getting the dogs microchipped Which is only going to cost $10 dollars,” Paco said.

The Stray Animal Round Up program has been in the works for quite some time.

Last year, the Department of Agriculture Director briefed the Mayor’s Council of Guam on a proposed plan, urging them to spread the word to residents of their village to get their pets registered as soon as possible.