Friday, January 29, 2016

Valenzuelanos of the Month: Valenzuela South Alpha Dogs (VSAD)

Just last Sunday morning, One Valenzuela was able to attend Petness First 2016, an activity held by Valenzuela South Alpha Dogs (VSAD) in partnership with Junior Chamber International - Valenzuela and in cooperation with the Valenzuela City Veterinary Office, Philippine Canine Club Inc., and Pet Mania Veterinary Clinic. It is indeed a wonderful experience to be acquainted with Valenzuelano dog owners while learning more about how we can better take care of our canine friends. Let us know more about VSAD, our featured group of Valenzuelanos for the month of January.

1.   How did VSAD begin? Please tell us how the group started and its core values. 

Our founding members initially met when we were still part of another dog group. However, we noticed that we were the only ones coming from the District 2 area. Additionally, we also wanted to meet other dog owners in the same district and conduct regular weekly pack walks. Once our core group was formed, we decided to take it to another level by being advocates of responsible pet ownership and supporting the city's anti-rabies ordinance.

VSAD recently spearheaded the Petness First 2016 event at the People's Park where attendees enjoyed a morning of games, raffle, basic pet care / responsible pet ownership seminar, and dog fashion show contest.
2.       Who are the members of VSAD? How does one become a member? What does a member do in the group? 

The members of VSAD come from all walks of life. We accept pet owners regardless of the breed of their dogs. We do not charge any membership fee but we require prospective members to join us in our pack walks regularly before we accept them. Our FB page does not have as many members for we prefer members who will remain committed to the group. We all make an effort to wake up every Sunday morning for our weekly pack walks.

3. What are the activities and programs that VSAD has accomplished in the past years? Any highlights? Future events? 

In support of the city's anti-rabies ordinance, we distribute flyers to residents during our pack walks to heighten awareness. We coordinate with the City Veterinarian's Office and work with them during their Anti-Rabies Vaccination activity. We also join other pet events such as the PetaPalooza of De La Salle-Araneta University (DLSAU) and LuvUPet Grand Eyeball wherein VSAD won many awards as a group. For our anniversary, we conducted a feeding program at the city pound and has recently worked with Junior Chamber International - Valenzuela for Petness First 2016. We will be featured in the AgriClub segment of the TV show AgriTV sometime in February. As the summer season arrives, we hope to work with the Valenzuela City Vet as the drive for anti-rabies awareness intensifies during that time.

VSAD will be featured in the AgriClub segment of AgriTV. Being featured in this show will help VSAD in driving across their advocacy for responsible pet ownership and championing animal welfare.
4.   What are the advises that your group can give on responsible dog ownership? 

Having a pet is a lifetime commitment. If you can't handle the costs and emotional investments involved, please think twice before getting a pet. Also to reiterate the motto of the anti-rabies ordinance: "Walang asong gala sa taong hindi pabaya."

5.  Dogs for your group... are not for decoration. Like any family member, they have basic needs such as food, shelter, and medicine. 
 In honor of their first anniversary, VSAD gave back by conducting a feeding program for the dogs sheltered in the Valenzuela City Pound.
6. How can they reach the group and know more about VSAD?

They can always visit our Facebook page: Valenzuela South Alpha Dogs and we will message them to let them know of our walk schedules so they can meet and join us.

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Visit VSAD's Facebook page here and send them a message to learn more about the group.