Commentary: As pet ownership rises, consider what this means for the animal

Commentary: As pet ownership rises, consider what this means for the animal

Pet equity increased in Singapore during the COVID-19 crisis as people turned to man’s best friend for solace and company. The number of dogs with licenses from the Animal & amp, Veterinary Service ( AVS ) increased by 20 % between 2019 and the first half of 2022, from 70 000 to 84 000.

In line with this, purebred puppy rates skyrocketed, with some adverts promoting pups for up to S$ 20,000,000.

However, this burst in dog ownership also resulted in more animals being abandoned as owners went back to work and resumed their lives after the pandemic. In comparison to 225 cases in 2021, 251 in 2020, and 230 in 2019, the AVS looked into 310 instances of abandoned animals next year. & nbsp,

Although data on dog forsaking are not readily available, this is a problem that could have negative effects on public health and safety in addition to raising concerns about animal welfare. Puppies that are abandoned may become ill from the harsh conditions of living on the streets or become violent from fear and thirst for no reason at all. & nbsp,


Aspiring dog owners frequently choose to purchase a puppy over adopting one because they need one right away. They don’t want to go through the long implementation process because they want a quick transaction. & nbsp,

This is unfortunate because Singapore has hundreds of dogs waiting to get adopted, including babies. To make sure the dog will be cared for for the rest of its existence and that it is appropriate for its paternal family is the main reason animal welfare organizations require people to go through an adoption process.