C = Care
N = Neuter
R = Rehome
M = Return to colony & Manage
Care – Start by caring for the street animals on your street, ie. taking an interest in their wellbeing and feeding them.
Neuter – Bring the animals to a vet of your choice for neutering (if you need financial aid, we offer this: https://myanimalcare.org/aid/). All neutered animals are encouraged to be ear-notched to indicate that they have been neutered. This is so that it is possible to identify by sight that an animal has already been neutered and to prevent the females from being reopened up for the spaying surgery.
Rehome – Publicise on rehoming portals like www.petfinder.my or join the physical adoption drives organised by various animal groups. In our country where capture-and-kill is still practised they are safer in a (good) home than being out on the streets.
Return to colony – Failing to rehome, you may have to return the neutered animals to the colony, but only if the caregiver continues to look after and manage the animals and only if the environment is animal-friendly and there are no complaints from other humans. The benefit of returning them to the same colony is that it helps preserve the eco-system and due to the natural territorial behaviour of animals, the neutered animals may prevent the entry of other unneutered strays from outside. Thus, the number of animals in that colony is maintained as these neutered animals will not breed anymore. They live on until their they pass away naturally. However, please prioritise rehoming/adoptions.
Manage – If the animal has been returned to the colony, please continue to look after them. Get them vaccinated (we subsidise the first 2 vaccinations). Take them to the vet when they are sick. If an animal passes away and a new animal enters the colony, repeat the CNRM process.
Note: In view of the situation in our country where complaints about the presence of strays is rampant, please prioritise rehoming.
With CNRM in practice, we hope to achieve the following:
1. Control the stray population through CNRM.
2. Reduce the number of complaints from the public once the stray population is under control.
A neutered community animal will have its ear notched so that it will not be recaptured. Notching = a small V-cut on its right ear. It is not easy for a vet to identify if a female animal has already been spayed as the incision mark fades with time. There had been cases of spayed community animals being captured and subjected to the spaying surgery again. This unfortunate incidence can be prevented if all spayed females have their ears notched. Ear-notching is also recommended for male animals so that a neutered male can be identified by sight.
Our aim is to work with and help small-time rescuers and feeders who are keen to help the animals on their streets or in their neighbourhood.
We strongly encourage you to start off a similar programme in your neighbourhood. Start small. For each animal that is neutered, HUNDREDS of unwanted births and untold suffering can be prevented.
The street animals need our help.
Street animals are being captured and killed because people complain about them. Stop the complaints, and the killing will stop. We do our part by controlling the population of the strays through CNRM.
We hope more people will see the need to implement CNRM as a long-term solution to the stray animal problem. Hands-on participation is most appreciated by those who can. For those who cannot, we hope you will support those who can in other ways.
To those who find street animals a nuisance and a pest in your neighbourhood, we appeal for your kind understanding that animals do not know any better and hence, cannot be expected to behave as we want them to; we appeal to your good heart to please not complain as it would cost them their lives. There are other ways to keep the animals from straying into your compound (wire netting, lemon, citrus scents, etc.). Please do not put in a complaint to the authorities. Animals may be killed as a result of that one phonecall to complain.
CNRM (widely known as TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return)) is practised in many Western countries as well as in Sri Lanka, Bali, India, Thailand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. It is definitely a more humane and compassionate way for stray animal management.
Street animals will become community animals where they are cared for and looked after by the residents.
Where street animals are born is where they belong.
Killing is never a solution to any problem. What goes around, comes around.
Please support our efforts through your active participation in this programme. Please help us spread the word and send this link out as widely as you can.
Live and let live.
This earth belongs to the animals too.
Let’s live harmoniously with them and help them.