PETALING JAYA: Pet owners are advised to spay or neuter their dogs and cats to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) says many Malaysians are still hesitant to sterilise their pets due to lack of understanding.
"Some tell us it is cruel to sterilise their pets as they must be allowed to 'enjoy' copulation," said Lai.
She said people must not humanise animals and wrongly perceive that copulation was to them what sex was for humans.
"Animals do not do it for enjoyment like humans. "They do it because it is the call of nature for animals to copulate and increase their numbers," said Lai.
She said due to the refusal to sterilise, pets that run out of the home or are let out to ease themselves, end up becoming pregnant or impregnating female strays that are on heat.
"Many pet owners say they don't have to sterilise their male dogs or cats.
"This is a misconception as a matter of fact, these unfixed male pets are one of the main reasons towards the increase in the number of street puppies if they are allowed to go out," said Lai.
She added some irresponsible people also resorted to dumping their female pets when the animals fall pregnant.
Recently, some rescuers in Klang stumbled upon a friendly and heavily pregnant dog that was approaching passers-by and begging for food.
According to Lai, going by the way the dog behaved, it was clear that she was a dumped pet.
The rescuers took the dog in and it littered three puppies that have been handed over to MDDB.
The puppies will be put up for adoption at the MDDB adoption drive on Sunday (April 14) at The Square, Jaya One, Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya from 11am to 6pm.
"We will also be taking in the mother after she has been spayed and vaccinated," said Lai.
The puppies have all been given one vaccination each.
Lai said MDDB was also collecting pet food and raising funds to take care of 165 dogs at the event.
Those who want to help MDDB can drop off their contributions at the adoption drive.
For details, please call 012-2414749.
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