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Local group seeks end to street animals’ suffering

‘STOPPING THE LEAK’ Education on neutering, animal care and compassion for animals can help put an end to the suffering street animals face, the group says

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The nation’s stray animal problem could be resolved if people begin to neuter stray and domestic cats and dogs, an animal rescue and education center said yesterday.

With an education program to raise animal rights awareness and teach animal care techniques, the center pledged to put an end to the suffering of street animals.

The center, Animals Taiwan (AT), was founded in Taipei City four years ago by Sean McCormack, originally from England. The group houses about 60 dogs and 10 cats.

Yesterday, AT unveiled its new status as a registered not-for-profit organization and the educational component of its existing rescue center, McCormack said.

Saying that the center had originally started out as a group of foreigners and locals who just wanted to help street animals, McCormack said: “We very quickly realized that to fix the problem, rescues would not be enough.”

Instead of “sweeping up the mess,” McCormack said he and his organization decided to “stop the leak.”

“With the Capture, Neuter, and Release method, the number of strays can be reduced effectively and humanely,” he said.

Visit www.animalstaiwan.org for more information.

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