As Animals Abandoned, E-Adoption Is The Way Forward For Malaysia To Save ‘Homes Forever’ | Life
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IPOH, May 21 – Marketing staff Tan Chooi Chooi knows the importance of promoting something.
Hence the animal adoption page founded by her, the Ohana Paws N Claws Facebook adoption page, insists on it.
In the form of a brief description and a photograph of the animal, preferably smiling.
Tan said she would ask rescuers, wishing to post their rescues on her page, to write a short introduction about the animal they are offering for adoption.
“In addition to the writing, I also ask for a photo of the animal, preferably smiling,” she said, adding that sometimes the team of page administrators would help with the writing as well.
Talk to Malaysian courier Over the phone from Petaling Jaya, Tan explained that an image of the smiling animal would be when he was panting.
“Normally I ask the rescuer to play with his animal and make him pant before taking a picture.”
“All this to increase the marketability of the animal.”
Since the page launched nine years ago, Tan’s page, which has 4,643 subscribers, has managed to host more than 15,000 animals.
“While most of them are dogs and cats, my page has also helped relocate rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs and hamsters,” Tan said.
It does not charge for posts on the page.
In addition to providing a platform for rescuers to get their rescues adopted, Tan also teaches adopters how to become responsible adopters.
“We make the adopters agree to sterilize or neuter adopted animals when the time comes and provide the animal with medical care when it needs it,” she said.
Agreeing with Tan, rescuer Mel Lee said a nice photo of the rescued animals helps get them adopted.
The businesswoman said she put her rescued animals up for adoption through the Petfinder website.
“The longest I’ve kept a rescue was nine months before I was able to get the dog up for adoption,” she said.
Lee said those who enjoy her rescues will contact her by phone and a short interview will be done over the phone.
“If all goes well, I will send the animal to the adopter,” she said, adding that the farthest she had traveled to send a rescue was to Seremban.
To the rescuers, Lee encourages them to post their rescues on social media.
“Once your rescue is adopted, you can continue to rescue.”
Meanwhile, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) has its adoption exercise during adoption campaigns.
Founder Wani Muthiah said the organization initially had an online adoption page but had to put it on hold due to issues created by some rescuers.
“Now we are letting serious rescuers join our adoption campaigns, but they have to show they have vaccinated the rescue before entering.”
“This is to ensure that our other rescues are not infected with highly contagious diseases like distemper or parvovirus.”
Wani said that sometimes they also allow out-of-town rescuers to use their Facebook page to post adoption messages.
MDDB has 108,000 subscribers.