The furry heroes in the post-quake search and rescue operations in Pampanga

The furry heroes in the post-quake search and rescue operations in Pampanga

After a series of earthquakes that hit the country, we all need a large dose of warmth and cuteness—and these doggos from the MMDA K9 Unit delivered!


In a Facebook post on the page Paws&Click, netizens were quick to give their praises to nine volunteer rescue dogs from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), who helped rescue the survivors of a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Luzon on Monday, April 22. The post has garnered more than 33,000 reactions, 2,300 comments, and 21,000 shares as of writing.


“Thank you, doggies. You are all heroes. Thank you, Lord, for these fur babies,” one comment read. Netizens also praised the trainers, while some expressed their delight at the cuteness of the dogs and a job well done. “I can’t resist these cute, little heroes. Love and salute to you!” wrote one netizen.


The Team Porac Search and Rescue K9 Unit was composed of Billy, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, Thunder, a 5-year-old Jack Russel Terrier, and Farah, 2, and Cody, 1, both German Shepherds. Also part of the team were Lucy, 1, and Dumbo, 4, both Dutch Shepherds, as well as Chia, 2, and 5-year-olds Chaplin and Ringo, all Labrador Retrievers. Aside from the MMDA K9s, teams from the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Coast Guard joined the search and rescue operations in Porac.


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With these fur heroes’ help, the rescuers were able to locate and rescue Grace Melchor, an employee of the supermarket. They also retrieved the body of another victim, May Ann Sales, among the rubble.


But these heroes are not new to search and rescue operations, as they were earlier deployed to help in the landslides in Naga, Cebu, and Benguet.


“The dogs are okay, but super tired because they worked all day in the heat,” Sheryl Maon-Palcis of the MMDA said. She added that the dogs were rewarded after the operation to boost their morale in the form of praise or a toy.


The K9 volunteer group was an initiative of the MMDA that started in 2012.


Thank you, fur heroes, for a job well done!



Text by Yen Cantiga. Photos from Facebook and ABS-CBN News.

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