MANILA—The pest management company tapped by Shangri-La at the Fort to relocate cats in its premises broke its silence on Friday.
In a statement, PestBusters apologized for "not speaking up sooner" in order to protect their client's privacy.
The company revealed that it relocated the felines to a far enough neighborhood where other cats also live.
"As a pest management company, PestBusters' professional mandate is to eliminate the five general pests: cockroaches, rats, ants, flies, and mosquitoes. Cats do not fall into the category of pests. So when we were asked by our client to handle the matter, we needed to look for options of dealing with it properly and humanely," it said.
"We researched and found only two options: bring them to the pound for possible euthanization or catch and release. Since we didn’t want any cats killed, we chose to catch and release them where other cats live but far enough away that they wouldn’t return to the property."
The company added that it has met with animal welfare group CARA Welfare Philippines and accompanied its volunteers where the cats were released.
"We will continue with our commitment to engage with CARA and any official organizations following up on this issue," it said.
John Rice, general manager of Shangri-La at the Fort, earlier apologized for the incident and assured that they are working with CARA Welfare Philippines in searching for the relocated cats and raising awareness on how to properly take care of them.
“We want to apologize for the way we have handled this and acknowledge the groups affected due to our failure to consult on the proper procedures of cat adoption and coexistence,” he said.
“Please know we understand the concern this situation has caused and we are deeply sorry,” he added. --With a report from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News