CAS in talks to open mobile clinic to neuter, spay pets

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

LOCAL non-government organisation Care and Action for Strays (CAS) is in talks with the government to open a mobile clinic to neuter pets and prevent the spread of stray animals.

Ada Ang, co-founder of CAS, said it is seeking government help to set up the mobile clinic as spreading awareness on the importance of spaying or neutering animals is not enough to reduce the population of stray animals.

In a phone interview, she said irresponsible ownership and uncontrolled breeding are some of the main causes for the increasing number of strays.

“We spread awareness and educate the public that spaying or neutering their pets is important to avoid the increasing number of strays. Some listen and some don’t.”

She said that some people are aware but do not take action because they are lazy while others feel that neutering or spaying is costly.

“Some bring up the issue of transportation problems so we came up with the idea to open up a mobile clinic and hope to receive assistance from the government,” she said.

She said a mobile clinic would make it more accessible and affordable for owners to neuter or spay their pets.

“This method would be more effective as some people do not want to transport their pets using their cars. With the mobile clinic, we are bringing it to their doorstep and making it available, accessible and affordable.”

Ang said should CAS manage to secure a mobile clinic, they would not only use it to spay or neuter stray animals, but also pets.

She said veterinarians can also play their part in educating pet owners and putting up flyers at the clinics.

“If we have a sterilisation programme and take the time to talk to the public, it would benefit both clinics and pet owners.”

She said education and awareness go hand in hand with accessibility and affordability.

“If you only educate and raise awareness but it’s not accessible and affordable then you are just wasting your time.

“In the long term, it’s cheaper to spay or neuter one cat than six. When a cat gives birth, you are feeding and spending more money. It’s cheaper to neuter, it’s more humane and is much more responsible,” Ang said.

The Brunei Times