They are adorable and smart, yet several dogs under the care of canine welfare organisation Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) have not been able to find homes. The main reason is they are either disabled or old, or both.

MDDB project manager Melinda Joy Gomez said some of the dogs are currently under foster care but MDDB is hoping to find them permanent homes.

“When they are under foster care, it is only a place to stay and getting food to eat. Their veterinary and other expenses still come under us,” said Gomez.

She added that most of the dogs are on medication; MDDB is in consultation with vets for the canines’ various problems.

“Tiger, our old paralysed and blind dog, for instance, also has a tumour in the lungs and is on medication,” said Gomez.

Old Tiger was left paralysed after an accident.

Old Tiger was left paralysed after an accident.

Then there’s Singgam – paralysed and partially blind – that used to live near a lorry workshop.

“The workshop owner, who alerted us about Singgam, said the old dog was run over by lorries many times but survived,” said Gomez, adding that the dog has a strong will to live.

Zorro is another heart-wrenching case. The young dog was captured during one of MDDB’s mass trap-neuter-release-manage (TNRM) exercises.

 Justice is paralysed from the waist down due to an accident.

Justice is paralysed from the waist down due to an accident.

Zorro was found to have a big festering scald mark on the head and eye – believed to have been caused by hot oil.

He was removed from the TNRM exercise and admitted at a veterinary clinic where he was treated for more than six months.

In spite of their disability, said Gomez, the dogs are happy and active, and deserve to live comfortably until their final days.

To raise funds for the dogs’ upkeep and the salaries of the workers who take care of them, MDDB has formulated a sponsorship programme. Under this programme, people can sponsor a dog for RM60 a month.

“A person can sponsor as many dogs as they want to, and sponsorship payments can be made monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or for one whole calendar year,” said Gomez.

Sponsors also get to meet the dogs that they are sponsoring.

Those interested can sign up for the MDDB sponsorship programme held on the first Saturday of every month at the Jaya Shopping Centre in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

The dates for the rest of 2015 are: Oct 3, Nov 7 and Dec 5.

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