Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage still best method to handle strays, says canine welfare group

  • Metro News
  • Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Puppies for adoption

PETALING JAYA: Animal rescuers are miffed by the call from certain quarters that street dogs should be trapped, neutered and rehomed instead of returned and managed.

Canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) adoption coordinator Christine Lai said it was an impossible task to do so.

She added that street puppies and some street dogs can be rehomed but most cannot as there aren't sufficient homes for them to go to.

Furthermore, she added, a large number of Malaysians preferred pedigrees to street dogs.

That is why, added Lai, MDDB has sent about 20 rescued street dogs to be rehomed in the United States because no one here had wanted them.

"So since we cannot find homes for them, are these people suggesting that all these street dogs be killed?" asked Lai.

She said the best solution would still be Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM).

According to Lai, under TNRM, dogs will be neutered, vaccinated and managed by feeders and rescuers.

"It is also the best way to keep rabies at bay as all the TNRMed dogs would have been vaccinated against the deadly disease," she said.

Lai added dogs that are not hungry and have no urge to mate, generally do not roam around and this also prevents them from becoming a possible menace.

MDDB, on its part, said Lai will continue holding adoption drives to find street puppies homes.

The rescue group will be having an adoption drive on Sunday (Nov 17) to seek homes for several puppies rescued from Port Dickson.

The adoption drive will be held at The Square, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya from noon to 6pm.

"Please give these puppies a home if you are able to. They are very sweet and loving," said Lai.

She added that MDDB was also raising funds to pay the veterinary bills for senior dogs Loretta and George.

"Loretta was discharged yesterday and may be admitted on Monday due to low blood count and George is still admitted for a stomach infection " said Lai, adding that Loretta and George were 13 and 14 respectively.

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