Thursday, August 6, 2015

Animal lovers set out to rescue forgotten pets

By Zaw Zaw Htwe   |   Thursday, 06 August 2015

A group of animal lovers are combing through flooded regions in search of pets left behind by evacuated families.
Volunteers from the Stray Dog Lovers Group yesterday travelled to flood-battered Kalay township in Sagaing Region in search of stranded animals.
“We will mainly save dogs and cats because most of them were left by their owners. Other animals such as cows, goats, pigs and buffalo have a better chance to survive because they are more valuable to sell,” said Rose Mary, one of the group’s leaders.
Any dogs and cats found to be injured will be taken to a veterinarian in Mandalay, while other rescued pets will be brought to shelters in Yangon, she said.
According to a photographer in Kalay township, many pets and strays are clinging to rooftops or flotsam in submerged areas.
Well-known Myanmar model Khin Thazin joined the animal rescue campaign and raised K2.6 million for them in one day, according to the group.
“There are so many teams on the road collecting money for people, but not any other teams for animals,” she said. “So I will stand for them.”
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