PETALING JAYA: Three-legged dogs Leah and Brad had been taken to many adoption drives over the months but no one had shown any interest in either of them.
The two-year-old dogs under the care of canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), however, attracted the interest of potential adopters in the United Kingdom and will be moving to their new home there at the end of April.
"We are excited for them as they are going to be living in a house which comes with a big garden and rambling fields in Nothinghamshire," said MDDB project manager Melinda Joy Gomez.
Gomez managed to find them a home through an international online community of owners of Tripawds (three-legged dogs).
"Someone who already has one Tripawd saw their photos and fell in love with both Leah and Brad," she said.
According to Gomez, Leah was born without a femur in one of her back legs while Brad lost one of his back legs in a road accident.
Both had been rescued and placed under MDDB care when they were street puppies.
"They were both alone and without a pack when they were rescued," said Gomez.
She said Malaysian adopters preferred puppies and were not that open to adopting disabled dogs.
"But both Leah and Brad are normal dogs in every other aspect other than just missing a hind leg each," said Gomez.
She said although their air fares were being taken care off, MDDB needs to buy two heavy duty crates and other accessories to make their journey comfortable.
"We also have to pay for the rabbies jabs and Nipah virus tests as per the requirements as well as the application and permit fees at the Malaysian side," said Gomez.
She said those who want to meet Leah and Brad, and wish to contribute towards their trip could do so at the Pet Fiesta 2016 event on Sunday at the Setia City Convention Centre.
"The MDDB booth is at number 2224 and we will be there until 9pm. Do come and meet Leah and Brad, and wish them luck," said Gomez.