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Published on Monday, 14 January 2013 00:36
Myanmar’s first animal refuge centre is to be opened soon in Yangon, according to sources.
The centre, located at Mingaladon Township in the city, will provide refuge to homeless animals as well as medical support such as vaccination and also find foster homes for them. The city has a lot of stray dogs. The Yangon City Development Committee is laying poisoned beef on the streets to reduce the number of street dogs in an attempt to prevent rabies and other infections among humans.
Its construction is almost completed at a site less than an acre of space in the township and will include special facilities for veterinarians who will care for the animals at the centre.
“We will provide medical treatment to injured stray animals accepted at the centre. And then when they’ve recovered, we will send them back to their original places or to any foster home interested to keep them,” said Than Lwin, a volunteer at the centre.
The centre will be officially registered as a local NGO and opened by the end of January, according to Roza Win, one of its founders.