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Pet Pass-paw-rt: Every Detail In One, Safe Place

Incorporating secure data of your pets in the finest way possible!

Do you talk to your pets the way mothers speak to their newborn babies? Are you emotionally attached to your pets? Do you regard your pets as your children? Then, it must be hard for you to leave your furkids at home when you have to travel; either for leisure or for work. Fur-tunately for you, pet passports are now a thing in Malaysia! Or rather, since 2010.

Much like humanswhether adults or kidsidentification is a compulsory documentation as proof that we are legitimate Malaysian citizens. The same stands for our pets too. 

The pet passport is not so much a passport as it is an identification; it also serves to encourage pet owners to install a microchip and vaccinate their pets.

Although the notion of pet passports have been around since 2010 in Malaysia, not many Malaysian citizens are aware of it.

According to the Department of Vet Services Malaysia’s (DVS) website, the Pet Passport is an official document of the Malaysian Government and the pilot project was launched in February 2010 in DVS’s Veterinary Hospital in Cheras under the Animal Provision Act 1953.

The pet passport is an initiative by the government to curb the problem of the massive number of strays within Malaysia. This stems from the pet owners who lack responsibility and common sense (boo!). The factors of pet dumping are too many to name a few, but it does not justify abandoning your pets and contributing to the already high number of strays. 

However, as registering your pets at the vet will come with the instalment of a microchip that secures the date of adoption including details of the owners, it is highly unlikely pet owners will dump their pets easily as the animal can be traced back to them.

The implementation of pet passports is a brilliant strategy by the government to encourage pet owners to bring their pets to the animal hospital so as to be able to secure health data within the installed chip that comes with registration (who doesn’t want an official government issued document with a picture of their pets included?!) Of course, with the instalment of the chip, it is also a way to make pet owners feel more responsible as their data is quite literally ingrained in the nape of the animal’s neck.

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Recently, Twitter user @ShazGhaF had tweeted of his cat receiving his pet passport:

Image via @ShazGhaF/Twitter

Although the notion of pet passports have been around since 2010 in Malaysia, not many Malaysian citizens are aware of it.

According to the Department of Vet Services Malaysia’s (DVS) website, the Pet Passport is an official document of the Malaysian Government the pilot project was launched in February 2010 in DVS’s Veterinary Hospital in Cheras which is under the Animal Provision Act 1953.

Unfortunately, not all pets are eligible for a pet passport (not yet, at least). As of current, DVS only allows you to register your cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. And if you’re wondering, it comes with a very affordable price to register your pets.

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However, the fee displayed above is not inclusive of a microchip, physical examination and a picture of your pet. According to @ShazGhaF, the whole package will only cost RM85; a low price to pay for the security of your furry friend! Or, family.

Image via @ShazGhaF/Twitter

Can my pets travel with me overseas?

We are all well aware that this question hangs above your head like an apple about to fall off a tree. And the answer is: yes! Based on the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section on the DVS website: with a pet passport and a secure database, it is easier for officers at the border of a country’s entrance to confirm the health and immunisation of your pets.

Pet Passport allows you as the pet owner to collect all the important information about your pet in one document and it is easier for the officer at the border or a country's entrance to confirm the health and immunisation records of your pet.

However, it is not as simple as that. There are, of course, other regulations to bringing your pets overseas with microchipping your pet being at the top of the list. And it has to be a specific microchip, too. Although pets can get chipped with a different ISO microchip, pet owners would then have to bring a personal microchip scanner on travels. 

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Get a pet minus the allergies!

Alas, not everyone can have the luxury of being allergy-free so as to be able to keep a pet close to them. But, virtual adoptions are now a rising concept within Malaysia, especially in light of the pandemic where shelters are struggling in terms of resources and manpower. Thus, the initiative on registering animals through virtual adoption for a fee can be a good and fun PR campaign from the government for the people who cannot have pets due to allergies or home environment and creates a B2C relationship between them and the shelters.

From a physical angle, shelters could hold an adoption campaign where potential (allergy-free) pet owners pay for only the registration fee of the animal. With the payment fee, shelters will register the animals for security and indicate that the animal has been adopted, including the data of the adopter. Thus, shelters will have a reduction in the number of animals to maintain, whilst the adopted pet is securely chipped and happy in a better home. 

Get your pets their own passport!

Oh hey, International Dog and Rabbit Day is coming soon on 26th of August and September 22nd, show your love to your pets by registering them now!

If you are interested in registering your pets and having them become a legal Malaysian citizen, you can do so at Hospital Veterinar Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. Or visit the official website of DVS for more information!

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