Have you ever touched a dog? No? Would you like to?

If you’ve ever been apprehensive about touching dogs, an upcoming event might just be the thing to help you get over your fear of adorable little furballs.

I Want To Touch A Dog is an initiative to help Malaysians get familiar with the canine population, and it plans to do so in the most hands-on manner possible. The information on the event’s Facebook page states that it’s not meant to be a drive to encourage dog ownership, but one to help Malaysians to overcome their fear of dogs, and erase the negative cultural stigma attached to dogs subscribed to by many in Malaysian society. 

The event, organised by one Syed Azmi, is open to individuals of all races and religions, and there will be a special segment on cleaning and purification (samak and sertu) for Muslims who wish to participate in the programme. 

Among Muslim Malaysians in particular, Islamic rules categorising dogs as being unclean have led many to mistakenly regard canines as being unworthy of care and compassion, causing dogs to be neglected and abused. This event seems like a step in the right direction to engender more empathy for canines and instil a sense of tolerance and compassion among a large swath of Malaysian society that has traditionally either been afraid or loathe to touch dogs. 

And besides, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up to a cute little puppy?

I Want To Touch A Dog will be happening at Central Park, 1Utama Shopping Centre, on Sunday October 19, from 8am to 10am. Contact Syed Azmi at 016 218 4769 for enquiries, or head over to the event page on Facebook to register your participation. 

Photo: STOP DOG CATCHER Facebook Page

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