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Stray animals, also known to some as community animals, refers to the dogs and cats living in communal areas around us. 

Meeting stray dogs

Stray dogs live in the open and do not have homes. They may be seen roving in packs, foraging for food, and looking for shelter. Most stray dogs are scared of humans, and usually stay out of your way. However, some may approach and sniff you. 

Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) programme for stray dogs 

Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, launched the five-year Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) programme on 10 November 2018. The TNRM programme is a collaboration between Animal Veterinary Service (AVS) (formerly known as the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore), Animal Welfare Groups (AWGs), veterinarians and other relevant stakeholders.

The TNRM programme is a humane, science-based approach to managing the stray dog population where the top priority is to rehome stray dogs. Under this programme, stray dogs will be sterilised after capture, and subsequently rehomed. Those that cannot be rehomed will be released at suitable locations to live out their lives naturally.

The target for this programme is to sterilise more than 70% of the stray dog population in Singapore within five years. We will support AWGs’ costs for pre and post-surgical boarding, vaccination, and sterilisation of TNRM programme dogs.

We have been partnering stakeholders, as well as interested individuals and organisations, to educate the public on managing stray dog encounters. Members of the public can also play a part by sharing our TNRM programme with those close to them. Pet owners can do their part by microchipping and licensing their pet dogs to ensure traceability.

We have published the Handbook on Feeding Stray Dogs Responsibly. This handbook hopes to promote awareness on responsible feeding of stray dogs, and address public health concerns in order to bring about peaceful co-existence between humans and animals. Feeders play an important role in the TNRM process. They help to identify dogs for capture, bring these dogs to the participating AWGs who will subsequently manage sterilised dogs that are released back into the environment.

Members of the public who are keen to volunteer for this programme can sign up here

Project ADORE

Project ADORE (ADOption and REhoming) was launched in April 2012. A pilot scheme that helps rehome suitable mid-sized local mixed-breed dogs in HDB flats, it was initiated by SPCA and Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD), with the support of Ministry of National Development (MND), Animal Veterinary Service (AVS) (formerly known as the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore), and Housing and Development Board (HDB).

The project was highly successful, eventually leading to the launch of a full-fledged programme in May 2014. Since then, Exclusively Mongrels (EM), SOSD, and Causes for Animals (CAS) have also joined Project ADORE.


Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) Infographic 

Feeding Stray Dogs Responsibly