The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management recently announced that pets are now allowed inside trains provided they comply with the policies set by the rail line. (Read: How will social distancing be maintained in MRT-3 stations?)
In a Facebook post, the rail line shared a photo of a user named Donna Ranario riding the MRT with her dog, Mai-mai inside a pet carrier comfortably riding the train.
“Ibinahagi ni DO N NA sa kanyang facebook post ang larawan niya kasama ang kaniyang cute na cute na pet dog sa loob ng tren ng MRT-3, noong ika-7 ng Hulyo 2021. Magandang balita ito para sa mga pet lovers tulad ni DO N NA dahil pinapayagan ng pamunuan ng MRT-3 ang pagsakay ng mga alagang hayop sa loob ng tren alinsunod sa panuntunan ng rail line,” the post said.
Mai-mai is also wearing a diaper to avoid inconvenience to the passengers. The post went viral, netizens, especially pet parents and lovers expressed their excitement over the news. (Read: 3 Dog YouTube Channels to Watch For Good Vibes)
Meanwhile, the MRT-3 management strictly reminded commuters to continue observing minimum health and safety protocols. Here are some reminders to keep in mind if you’re planning to ride MRT with your pets:
Pet carrier size
Before boarding the train, pets should be placed inside a carrier with a size not exceeding two feet by two feet. Only small pets such as puppies, small dogs, and cats are allowed at MRT. Large size or breeds will be prohibited to ride the trains.
Comply with the “7 commandments”
The MRT-3 management has implemented “7 commandments” for all passengers, drivers, and operators in observance of COVID-19. Passengers who will bring their pets must follow these guidelines when riding the train such as wearing face masks and face shields, no talking and making phone calls, no eating, keeping public utility vehicles (PUVs) well-ventilated, frequent disinfection, no symptomatic passengers, and observing the physical distancing rule. (Read: LOOK: MRT-7 Halfway Done, Set to Open in 2022)
Bring your pet’s necessities and put a diaper on them
Pets are like babies, aside from food or treats and water, they also require necessities including a collar and leash, food bowls, diapers, and towels. It is advisable to prepare everything they might need while commuting and always put a diaper on them to avoid any inconvenience to other passengers—just like what Donna did to Mai-mai! Don’t forget to bring extra diapers as well.