24 Dec '11, 6am

Are we making it too difficult to re-home stray dogs?

SINGAPORE - When financial consultant W H Phang, 29, heard that three more dogs at Punggol Waterway were caught last Sunday, she rang the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) the next day to claim the dogs. However, Mrs Phang said she was told that the AVA has stopped allowing individuals to claim impounded dogs, even though she met the authorities' requirements to re-home dogs. "They told me that they would only release the dog to animal welfare groups," Mrs Phang said. Even as the AVA states that it supports the re-homing of stray dogs, some animal lovers are claiming that the process is less than straightforward for individuals interested in doing so. Mrs Phang was prepared to fork out some S$500 for costs including boarding and licence fees, while a friend who lives in a private residence was willing to adopt the dogs. Among the requirements for claiming an impound...

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