Larger mixed-breed dogs can be rehomed in HDB apartments after a two-year pilot program

SINGAPORE: Larger mixed-breed dogs can be rehomed in Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartments after Project ADORE’s expanded criteria were made official on Saturday June 18, the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) said.

It comes after a two-year pilot program for revised size limits for dogs and the expansion of the K9 adoption program.

Project ADORE is an adoption and rehoming program that aims to rehom mixed breed dogs into HDB apartments. The expanded program criteria will allow more mixed-breed dogs under the Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) program to be rehomed, AVS said.

K9 sniffer dogs will also be permanently included in the public adoption program.

“The pilot began in March 2020 after AVS reviewed the adoption criteria given the success of Project ADORE and the greater public acceptance of larger dogs in HDB areas over the years. “, said AVS.

As part of the pilot program, the height limit for adoptable dogs under Project ADORE was increased by 10% from 50cm to 55cm, and the weight limit of 15kg was removed.

From March 2020 to March this year, more than 260 dogs over 50cm were rehomed under the pilot program, and 16 K9 sniffer dogs were adopted by members of the public, AVS said.

“This has significantly contributed to the overall rate of rehousing of animal welfare group partners, increasing from an annual average of approximately 200 dogs prior to 2019 to over 300 mixed-breed dogs per year in 2020 and 2021,” said AVS.

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

He said the results of the pilot program have been positive.

AVS said it “will continue to monitor the program and work closely with relocation partners to
ensure that there is a minimum of inconvenience to the community”.

“The same strict conditions for animal welfare group partners and adopters under Project ADORE apply,” he said.

This includes screening of potential adopters, a framework to encourage community acceptance of dogs, for example through dispute mediation channels, and dog obedience training.

All adopters will be required to abide by the Terms of Ownership and the Code of Responsible Conduct.

Since the launch of Project ADORE, more than 2,000 dogs have been rehomed as part of the program.

Mr. Tan presented commemorative plaques to the project’s six partner animal welfare groups to mark its 10th anniversary.

These partners are Action for Singapore Dogs, Causes for Animals, Exclusively Mongrels, Mercylight Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and SOSD, an organization for the welfare of street dogs.