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Adopt a 4th dog if you can, says AVA

If you have three dogs and live in a private home, you can now consider adopting a fourth dog -- at a much lower licensing fee. The fourth dog has to be an adopted stray mongrel, and is subject to approval from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

SINGAPORE: If you have three dogs and live in a private home, you can now consider adopting a fourth dog -- at a much lower licensing fee.

The fourth dog has to be an adopted stray mongrel, and is subject to approval from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

From July 1, the AVA will reduce the licence fee for owning a fourth dog -- from S$180 to S$15 a year.

The fourth dog will be allowed on a case-by-case basis if it is sterilised and obedience-trained.

This is to encourage more adopters to take in stray mongrels and help alleviate the stray dog situation in Singapore.

Minister of State for National Development, Desmond Lee, announced this on Saturday.

He said: "This is just one of the many ways which we encourage adoption. Of course, we hope that those who apply for adoption of the fourth dog are able to do so based on their space needs, based on their ability to manage the number of dogs in their home.

"We certainly do not want a case where inconvenience is brought to neighbours. So pet ownership responsibility is a very critical component of this new licensing reduction."

He was speaking on the sidelines of Heart for Animals event, organised by a group of students from Republic Polytechnic's Diploma in Social Enterprise Management.

The aim was to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership in Singapore, as well as promote family bonding in conjunction with the International Year of the Family. 

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