HDB apartment owners can continue to adopt larger mixed-breed and K9 sniffer dogs through AVS’s ADORE project

Housing Development Board (HDB) apartment owners can continue to adopt larger mixed-breed dogs and K9 sniffer dogs after the criteria for ADORE project was formalized by the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) on Saturday June 18.

Project ADORE, which stands for Project on ADOption and Rehoming of dogs, was started in 2012 as an adoption and rehoming program for medium-sized mixed-breed dogs in HDB apartments.

Following its success, a two-year pilot which saw the revision of size limits for adoptable dogs and the extension of the K9 adoption scheme was later launched in 2020.

Minister of State for National Development, Tan Kiat How, on Saturday announced the formalization of the expanded criteria during the 14th edition of Pets’ Day Out at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Mr. Tan mentioned that some HDB residents initially had reservations about their neighbors keeping larger dog breeds.

“However, our partners at the Animal Welfare Group have ensured that strict adoption requirements are met through Project ADORE to minimize inconvenience to the community,” Tan said.

AVS had revised the height limit for adoptable dogs from 50cm to 55cm and removed the 15kg weight restriction during the pilot project in 2020.

Additionally, the K9 sniffer dog adoption program was also expanded to the public in 2020 after being made exclusive to K9 agents previously.

According to AVS, more than 260 dogs over 50cm have been successfully rehomed under the pilot project and 16 K9 sniffer dogs have been adopted by members of the public from March 2020 to March this year.

“With the criteria expanded and more residents receptive to the presence of mixed-breed dogs in HDB estates, we hope more dogs can find loving homes,” Tan said.

AVS also said it “will continue to monitor the program and work closely with relocation partners to ensure there is minimal inconvenience to the community.”

Current efforts include screening of potential adopters, a framework to encourage community acceptance of dogs, and dog obedience training.

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