PETALING JAYA: Canine welfare organisation Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) is hoping that its adoption drive tomorrow in Citta Mall, here, will see a good response, as the growing number of dogs being dumped on the streets has left the organisation financially drained.
The Star Online reported that MDDB was unable to rescue more abandoned puppies at this particularly difficult time of the year, when not many people are open to the idea of adopting a rescued dog.
“The holiday and exam period is a very trying time as not many people want to adopt,” said MDDB adoption coordinator Christine Lai.
Just last week, MDDB rescued over a dozen newborn puppies, which were now being boarded at the rate of RM500 a month.
“There are so many puppies that need to be rescued but we cannot do it because of space constraints. We are also financially drained,” said Lai.
MDDB depends on funds it raises to pay boarding fees and veterinary and physiotherapy bills.
It had recently taken in a dog named Abe, that was given up by his owners because they could not find the time to take care of it.
“Abe has some kind of a muscle twist at the nape of his neck. We believe it’s time we start him on physiotherapy,” said Lai.
“He is a happy and gregarious puppy and we simply could not turn our backs on him.”
Tony was rescued dehydrated and badly injured. He was diagnosed with heartworm and tick fever and has since been treated.
“Then we were told that he also has TVT, which is a kind of sexually transmitted disease and for this, he needs quite an expensive weekly injection,” said Lai.
Tony is currently being treated at a veterinary clinic in Petaling Jaya.
“All of this requires money. Please help us help these unfortunate dogs,” said Lai.
To adopt or to donate in cash or kind, visit the adoption drive at the mall’s main entrance tomorrow, 11am to 6pm.