Want to adopt a K9? Look at these PDEA dogs

Rambo Talabong

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Want to adopt a K9? Look at these PDEA dogs
(UPDATED) Here's how you can adopt anti-narcotics dogs retiring from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Even K9 dogs retire from their jobs and settle down in new homes.

On Wednesday, August 8, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) posted a gallery of hounds for adoption.

“The following Narcotic Detection Dogs (NDD) were declared as non-operational based on the result of the evaluation made by the PDEA Narcotic Detection Dogs Technical Evaluation Team of the PDEA K9 Unit,” the PDEA said in its Facebook caption.

As the lead anti-drug agency of the country, the PDEA heavily relies on canines to sniff out narcotics, from crime scenes to port shipments. (READ: 500 kilograms of ‘shabu’ seized in Manila port)

The PDEA’s gallery includes the dogs’ name, breed, gender, age, temperament, and comments from drug enforcement agents.

A 5-year-old female Belgian Malinois named Napoles, for one, has been described as “hyper” and “good with adults.” The PDEA added that the dog has “not yet [been] assessed if good with children and other pets.”

Notes for the interested: The adoption will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested can go directly to the PDEA main headquarters along NIA Northside Road in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.

There, they would need to fill out an adoption agreement form and an adopter’s application form.

For aspiring K9 owners who can only travel for picking up the dogs, the PDEA has also opened online applications.

All applicants need to do is download the forms through the PDEA’s Facebook page here. Print out the forms, fill them out, scan, then send to kennelnine@yahoo.com.ph.


– Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.