WHAT WE DO
F5-Filbert's Foundation for Furry Friends is a non-profit organization that aims to encourage the Malaysian society to ensure compassion is an integral part of its Street Dog Population Management program (DPM).
Our main focus is on implementing humane practices for stray dog population management, such as Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNR-M). By providing education and support, we hope to reduce the number of stray dogs and improve their welfare.
WHERE WE FOCUS OUR EFFORTS.
Use multiple platforms such as social media, television and press to disseminate information to the Malaysian public and the world regarding the cruelty suffered by many stray dogs in Malaysia.
Identify no kill, well run, compassionate, sustainable, transparent local shelters in Malaysia and channel financial assistance to their cause as able.
Provide financial assistance to animal welfare groups caring for stray dogs that have been trapped/abandoned at “dump sites” around the country. Support their efforts to neuter, rehabilitate, relocate, and rehome these dogs.
Help fund educational programs on the importance of spaying/neutering/responsible pet ownership/adoptions/ fostering/kindness to animals.
Encourage/fund programs for religious leaders to teach their followers that any form of animal abuse is wrong irrespective of species of the animal.
Help fund clean TNR-M programs for independant rescuers and help local NGO's do this in collaboration with their respective councils
Push for proper enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2015. Support justice for the voiceless stray dogs abused or killed without reason. Encourage amendment of inhumane local council bylaws that hand merciless power to the local councils to catch and kill.
NEUTERING PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
F5-Filbert's Foundation for Furry Friends is continuing to work on many fronts to help provide education, raise awareness and improve the conditions of stray dogs in Malaysia. Eradicating them in the name of public health is not justified. We all want to reduce the stray dog population on the streets and in the cities. However, there is the cruel, less effective to do this by catch and cull. The more humane, and more effective way is to promote large neutering programs, societal education and tolerance towards their presence. Stray dogs do not have long lives, hence if we trap-neuter-release-manage them on the streets with empathy and kindness, we are doing the right thing, while simultaneously reducing their population. For more detailed look at our projects- CLICK HERE
Our shelter visits are very important to build relationships, learn how we can help and give some much needed love to the furry kids living in shelters. We try to provide funding to transparent and sustainable shelters, as best as we can. Together, we all want the same thing. Less healthy furry kids in shelters, more adoptions and more empathy towards them. We must be united to achieve this goal.
We have had conversations with many NGO's in Malaysia who want to kickstart early education on issues of animal welfare and kindness in schools. We will support these programs, by assisting with providing materials for the syllabus. Ultimately the education ministry in Malaysia must be convinced that animal welfare is an important part in molding our students to be kind and well rounded individuals.
F5 has met with government leadership to improve welfare programs for stray dogs, improve the conditions of government pounds/kennels and also reduce corruption practices. We will continue to encourage more effective ways for population control and to increase co-operation between city councils and NGO's to deal with the stray dog issue.
More effective pet licensing
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man- Charles Darwin.
We must work together to change public perception of human superiority over a lesser being and also the environment.
There have been a few but very widely publicized rabies outbreaks in Peninsular Malaysia. In 2015 in Penang, thousands stray of dogs were culled in because of this, and ultimately very few tested positive for rabies. This has happened many times elsewhere too. This is not the way. We must vaccinate our stray dogs for rabies both for their safety and that of the public.
Stray dogs born on the streets are one thing. However, there is a vast "culture" of abandonment by breeders and owners, once their pets are no longer "needed" or have medical problems.
This has to STOP via effective and mandatory licensing, microchipping or heavy fines with strict enforcement.