Help animal shelters cope with costs

I read with concern that moving to a new home is giving animal shelters more of a financial burden (New home, higher costs for animal shelters; June 30).

It is unacceptable that the shelters have to fork out so much of their own funds to do renovations.

These shelters provide an invaluable service to care for animals that are abandoned, abused or neglected, and they sacrifice a lot to provide for these animals' medical assistance and upkeep.

The new buildings should have been made fit for purpose before the move.

I hope the authorities understand the large responsibility and overhead costs that the shelters are facing, and will increase the grants or waive rental and renovation costs.

They should also step in to rectify the issues the shelters are facing.

Animal shelters must be given priority on these waivers and space allocation, ahead of commercial enterprises such as pet breeders and importers.

This is to send a strong and clear message to the public to choose to adopt a rescued animal rather than buy from pet shops or breeders.

It is disappointing to see so many shelters struggling.

I urge the Government to do more and reach out to them with a strong support framework that will increase awareness of the good work they are doing.

Darren Chan Keng Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Help animal shelters cope with costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe