A pilot scheme permitting bigger, mixed-breed canine and K9 sniffer canine to be adopted by Housing Board flat house owners has been made everlasting.
This comes after a two-year trial that resulted within the rehoming of greater than 260 canines above the peak of 50cm and 16 K9 sniffer canine between March 2020 and March this yr.
The expanded standards underneath Mission Adore – an initiative led by the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) to cut back the variety of strays on the road – has helped extra canine discover new houses.
AVS’ animal welfare group companions rehomed a mean of about 200 canine per yr earlier than 2019. This went as much as greater than 300 mixed-breed canine yearly in 2020 and final yr, mentioned AVS yesterday.
Beneath the pilot that started in March 2020, AVS elevated the peak restrict for canine that may be adopted underneath Mission Adore from 50cm to 55cm, and eliminated the load restriction of 15kg.
The adoption scheme for retired sniffer canine was additionally prolonged to the general public. Beforehand, solely current and up to date K9 officers have been allowed to undertake them.
Launched in 2012, Mission Adore is supported by HDB and animal welfare teams equivalent to Motion for Singapore Canines (ASD) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Senior Minister of State for Nationwide Improvement Tan Kiat How, who attended an AVS occasion at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Saturday (June 18), mentioned that when Mission Adore began, some HDB residents had reservations about their neighbours conserving bigger canine breeds.
“Nevertheless, our animal welfare group companions ensured that stringent adoption situations have been met to minimise inconveniences to the neighborhood,” he mentioned.
Beneath Mission Adore, animal welfare teams will display screen potential adopters and assess canine’ temperaments to find out their suitability to be rehomed.
Adopters have to finish a compulsory obedience coaching programme with their canine.
Mr Wayne Gui, director of AVS, mentioned the variety of complaints about such bigger adopted canine has been low.
“It reveals that the coaching programmes… are working.”
He added that through the pilot, complaints have been largely about canine barking and never being leashed, which might be simply solved with coaching.
Mr Gui mentioned AVS will overview such suggestions with HDB to determine if the present peak restriction might finally be eliminated.
Ms Antoinette Hendricks, 37, a programme enterprise supervisor with Financial institution of New York Mellon, adopted a mixed-breed, or Singapore Particular, canine named Chula from ASD in Might final yr underneath Mission Adore.
Chula is about 53cm tall and weighs greater than 15kg.
Ms Hendricks, who lives alone and has by no means owned a pet earlier than Chula, mentioned the sturdy help system that ASD has offered her with assuaged her preliminary apprehension.
She was positioned in a gaggle chat with different individuals who used to look after Chula.
As soon as, she reached out for assist when she noticed a lump on Chula’s stomach. It turned out to be a innocent fatty cyst.
“So there’s this entire community of people that would look after this canine. It does not imply that after the canine is mine, the connection with everybody else who used to look after Chula stops there,” added Ms Hendricks.