SINGAPORE: Singapore's largest dog adoption drive kicked off on Saturday, with the aim of finding loving homes for some 100 dogs.
After a successful dog-adoption drive last year, the National Geographic Channel Free Pet Shop event returns for a second run.
Event organisers said the adoption rate by dog shelters has risen by 35 per cent since last year.
More than 3,000 people visited the dog-adoption drive at East Coast Park on Saturday in the hope of looking for a new furry friend or simply mingling with like-minded dog lovers.
The two-day event also saw five shelters -- Action for Singapore Dogs, Animal Lovers League, Noah's Ark, Gentle Paws and Save Our Street Dogs -- coming together to raise awareness about adopting dogs rather than buying them.
Ezra Koh, shelter manager of Save Our Street Dogs, said: "We would like to (educate) the public about our street dogs -- that they are not just stray dogs per se, but they are dogs that can be domesticated."
One of the adopters, Yvonne Yoong, said: "I choose to adopt the dog so that they don't have so many stray dogs on the streets. It's quite pitiful to see them walking around on the road and no one takes care of them." - CNA/al
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