PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government is allocating a total of RM150,000 to subsidise the cost of a pet neutering and spaying programme run by the PAWS Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
PAWS manager Edward Lim said the subsidy was part of an effort to reduce the number of strays and to encourage pet owners in the state to neuter their pets.
“When we look at stray animal issues, the problem actually comes from us, the pet owners.
“Most stray animals we see out there come from the pet owners themselves. Sometimes it is difficult to monitor their pets all the time and it leads to accidental pregnancies,” he said.
Under the programme, Edward said RM100 would be subsidised for procedures on dogs and RM60 for those on cats.
He said the allocation, which will be given in stages, would address two areas: management fees and the subsidy programme.
“We are in the final stage of receiving the allocation as part of the subsidy and are currently waiting for the Selangor government to channel it to our organisation.”
Edward said a Facebook page would be created for the programme, where individuals applying for the subsidy could download the form and provide their details to PAWS.
“It’s a simple process. Pet owners or animal rescuers can download and fill up the form, provide the pictures of before and after the neutering process, as well as give us the receipts to verify that it was done in a registered veterinary clinic,” he said.
According to Edward, the allocation is specifically meant to address the issue of unwanted pet pregnancies in Selangor. Pet owners and animal rescuers participating in the programme must provide a copy of their ICs to show that they are Selangor citizens.
The programme covers all registered veterinary clinics in Selangor. Individuals must ensure the application form and all required attachments are received by PAWS within 14 days of the date on the receipt from the veterinarian.
Edward said this should be a continuous effort and encouraged other states to follow suit. He also dismissed the idea that it was cruel to neuter animals.
“Instead of having unwanted pet pregnancies which results in strays, it is better to neuter their pets. Plus it has been proven that it is healthier to neuter the pets, according to vets,” he added.
In September 2015, the Penang government came under fire from animal care groups after it ordered a mass killing of stray dogs to address the suspected rabies issue affecting the state at the time.
By Oct 5, Penang had killed over 1,711 animals. Other states had also followed suit, with 1,693 animals killed in Kedah and 299 in Perlis.
On Oct 9, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng revoked the order and called for an immediate end to the culling exercise.