Hero dogs need you: Retired PDEA K9 units seek 'fur-ever' homes

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2018 07:57 PM | Updated as of Aug 09 2018 11:15 PM

Five-year-old Golden Retriever Icon. PDEA Facebook page

MANILA - After serving in the force for several years, these retired K9 units of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are looking for their "fur-ever" homes.

PDEA said three of these pups helped detect the P4.3 billion worth of shabu that was recently discovered at the Manila port.

"These dogs who are now retired, need a family and a forever home where they will be treated as HEROES and simply be dogs. Interested adopter may contact Agent Bernardo Velasquez at 09171423460," the PDEA said in a now-viral Facebook post.

Twelve-year-old Belgian Malinois Jose, a retired narcotics detection dog. PDEA Facebook page

Among those who need new homes are senior dogs Jose, Silky, and Snoopy who served as narcotics detection dogs.

The smartest pups in PDEA's training class are Belgian Malinois Tala, Lala, and Lorent.

However, some of the dogs are up for adoption because they failed to pass the fitness and mental test for K9 units.

Five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier King. PDEA Facebook page

The agency also has to make room for a new batch of 100 trainees for narcotics detection. 

Bernie Velasquez, chief handler of the K9 facility, said they will screen thoroughly those who would like to adopt.

He said the interested fur-parent should be a dog lover and can pay for expenses such as veterinary visits as some of the dogs need medication. 

PDEA said at least 100 persons have called their office to express interest in adopting the canines. 

As of posting, the agency's Facebook post has garnered 14,000 reactions and 18,000 shares. --With reports from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News