Perak government to organise Trap-Neuter-Release programme

The news: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/31/perak-govt-to-organise-trap-neuter-release-programme-to-tackle-stray-dog-problem-says-state-exco

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IPOH: The Perak state government will be organising a large scale “Trap-Neuter-Release” (TNR) programme next year, says Sandrea Ng Shy Ching.

The state housing and local government committee chairman said the programme would be a cooperation between the state government with several animal welfare organisations.

She said the programme was mainly aimed to enhance awareness among the public, and dog owners.

“The state government will provide subsidies to ensure everyone plays a role, and takes the responsibility to ensure dogs are neutered. There are also several non-governmental organisations that hope to set-up shelters, so that dogs without owners who have undergone TNR have a temporary place to stay,” she told reporters today (Dec 31)…

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Our question: Will they still catch neutered street animals then?

It is always good to have governmental support in this so that a greater awareness can be achieved. But let’s hope that the neutered street animals will either find good homes or if they are “released” as it is reported above, being a “Trap-Neuter-Release” programme, then let them not be re-captured to be destroyed. Please.

We have always added the M=Manage component into our CNRM; continued management and looking after of the neutered animals is very crucial to ensuring they remain safe after being neutered. And we always start with the C=Care because that’s the most important component.

In our 14 plus years of experience, people who only Trap-Neuter-Release end up not caring for the animals anymore and many of the animals are re-captured not long after that. It is no surprise because the animals might have to scavenge for food resulting in people complaining and the councils acting to catch them.

The news also mentions the setting up of shelters to temporarily house neutered animals. If this is only temporary, what is going to happen to the animals after that?

The ideal and most compassionate way to manage the street animal population is CNRM – to Care, Neuter, Return-to-Colony (not simply release) and Manage them after that. This way, the neutered animals will prevent other unneutered ones from entering the managed colony.

Rehoming is, no doubt, good for the animal provided the animal isn’t abandoned in later years, that is. But truthfully, how many can find good homes? So if rehoming is not possible, returning-to-colony and managing them is the way to go. Putting them into shelters isn’t sustainable. Many shelters are struggling and not running well too. Some of the shelter animals are not well maintained too and being confined, they totally depend on the shelter operators for their survival. For example, if there is insufficient food, they cannot even hunt because they are confined.

While we applaud well-run shelters and the good intentions of their operators, putting neutered street animals into shelters does not solve the street animal problem. Removing street animals from their natural colony only creates a vacuum and other unneutered street animals will enter it. It will be a never-ending story without any breathing space at all.

Small-scale CNRM solves the problem – we just have to keep doing it and give it time. The moment the colony is stabilised, the neutered animals will prevent other unneutered ones from entering their colony, thus the numbers will not increase. They live out their natural lives being cared for by the CNRM-er and the numbers are under control for some time. When the neutered animals pass on naturally, only then will there be a new vacuum and the cycle repeats again, but at least there is a long period of “breathing space” before this happens.

 


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