Taipei, June 19 (CNA) An animal protection group said Tuesday that greater effort should be made to find proper homes for stray dogs because putting them down or placing them in shelters is not the right way to manage the problem.
The Animal Protection Association of the Republic of China said that under a pilot program launched six months ago, it had searched for kind farmers in rural areas who would have enough space to accommodate adopted dogs.
Huang Ching-jung, secretary-general of the association, said rescued stray dogs need space to move around freely and should not be confined to prison-like shelters.
The dogs that were rescued under the association's adoption program were healthy sociable animals that were about to be put down, he said.
The association took them out of shelters and trained them before handing them over to adoptive families, Huang said.
"This helps to ease the cramped situation in shelters and also leaves room for more animals to be rescued," he said.
In the six-month program, the association saved 167 dogs that were on the verge of being put down and 115 of them have been placed with seven adoptive families, Huang said.
He called for more people to join the adoption program but warned that the screening process was quite rigorous.
(By Chen Wei-ting and Lilian Wu)