Friday February 1, 2013
Wong happy to adopt disabled dog
By WANI MUTHIAH
PETALING JAYA: Radio and television personality Angel Wong Chui Ling said she made the right decision by adopting Patrick, a two-year-old disabled dog.
“He needed a home and an opportunity to lead a normal life as a family pet and I am able to provide him with both,” said Wong.
She had adopted Patrick, who has a fused back leg, from canine welfare group Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) about two months ago.
She said Patrick was just like any able-bodied dog and appeared to be oblivious to his disability.
She added that she bathed, fed and walked both her dogs in spite of her busy schedule.
“I wake up at 4.30am to get ready for my breakfast radio show but I can still manage and care for my two dogs,” said Wong, whose other dog is a mixed breed called Fei Mui.
She said it was a joy to own dogs, adding that families should seriously consider adopting homeless dogs.
“It is good for children to grow up with dogs but please make sure that you adopt and give a homeless animal a second chance in life,” she said.
Wong appealed to Malaysians to be compassionate towards stray animals instead of despising them.
“Please give them a chance to live out their natural lives. Remember that when you call the local councils to remove strays, you are actually signing their death warrants as the dogs will be put to sleep,” said Wong.
She said the public should consider implementing the Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) stray management system in their neighbourhoods.
Wong, who is MDDB's celebrity spokesperson, thanked Berjaya Cor-poration for selecting MDDB to receive its Founder's Day grant this year.
“MDDB spends more than RM100,000 annually on veterinary bills. We truly need corporate sponsorship to continue with our activities,” said Wong.
MDDB adoption coordinator Irene Low said strays could be easily managed given proper care.
“Once they are neutered and managed, there would be little or no problems at all,” said Low.
She also added that MDDB hoped the Government would look into implementing the system.
Quah added that MDDB's efforts in rescuing and giving disabled dogs a second chance in life was recognised and appreciated by the corporation.