In these trying times, it is not only the people who are suffering, but also pets, many of which have already been found abandoned.
While we have begun using white flags to call for help, the Malaysia Animal Association recently launched the red flag campaign.
This is to offer help to struggling pet owners and remind them not to abandon the poor, helpless animals.
In a statement on their Facebook pade, MAA president, Arie Dwi Andika said the campaign was launched as more dogs and cats were being abandoned during the pandemic.
“Many owners are unable to care for their pets due to their situation.
“As a result, abandoned animals are then forced to adapt to a new living condition in which many of them experience starvation, threats, and fights with other animals,” he said.
“Cats and dogs that have long been taken care of are a part of our family. But it’s really heartbreaking to always see new faces with fear and the awkwardness of adapting to new living conditions by the roadside,” he added.
In view of this, pet owners who are in need of help can now raise a red flag for assistance from neighbours and other organisations.
The MAA also urged owners not to abuse or abandon their pets if they are unable to care for them during these difficult times.
Malaysians are urged to be thoughtful of neighbours with pets and take part in the red flag campaign to curb animal abandonment throughout the country.
Animal Malaysia is also requesting people to update their social media profile pictures with a red flag campaign overlay saying “Kempen Kibar Bendera Merah” in support of the campaign.