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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department


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Issued: February 2, 2014

 

SPCA Penang Contact:
Jalan Jeti Jelutong 11600 Penang, Malaysia. (604)2816559 (6016)4166559
Email: info@spca-penang.net
Web: www.spca-penang.net

We welcome visitors to the shelter.

Kindly note our visiting hours:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Saturday : 10am - 12.30pm

We are closed on Sundays and some Public Holidays (please check website for details).

If there is an incident involving an animal that is urgent and it is out of office hours, please call - the phone is manned 24/7. Don't post on Facebook for emergencies, posts are not always seen immediately.

 

 

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TYPES OF CRUELTY

Animal cruelty, including caging and chaining of dogs, poisoning and killing of animals occurs almost every day and everywhere in the world.

Having a dog tied up the whole day is cruelty. It restricts the dog's movement and at times the chain gets entangled and the chain is shortened. The dog will hardly be able to sit/stand comfortably or move away from the sun. Should you need to tie your dog all the time, the best alternative is to construct a running wire which is illustrated below.

Attach your dog's chain to a long piece of wire which is then fastened between two posts, or two walls, or a wall and a post. The wire should be fastened at a height greater than the height of the dog, so as to take the weight of the chain. To prevent the dog tying itself up by getting the chain entangled with a post, fix a 'stop' on the wire at a distance from the post greater than the length of the chain. The kennel and food and drinking utensils should be within easy reach of the dog, and shade should be provided.

DON'T use short chains or cages that are too small as shown below:

  

Sent to us by Donna Hughes - American songwriter & singer:

Here is my song "Dog on a 10 Foot Chain."
Read the full lyrics here and see (& hear!) the video here.
 

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS IN AND AROUND SPCA
Last month SPCA has successfully found 16 forever homes and helped reunite 3 dogs with their owners.

Adoption photos:
Moby & La Rei
  
Zappie & Jade and Timo & Riti
  
Fiji being adopted, and Billa reunited with owner
  

Happy Reunion for Lost & Found dog - Lucky was indeed lucky to be reunited with his owners. He was reported to be have been lost for more than 2 weeks. However, a visit to the shelter was worthwhile as Lucky was recognized by his owners. Lucky was one of the community dogs which lives in a fenced compound in an apartment block along Jalan Free School. Originally, he was brought in from an area in Sungai Dua. It really puzzled everyone and we cannot understand how Lucky had ended up in Sg Dua as the distance is miles apart. Could it be that someone is not happy to see Lucky at the apartment area and moved him out? His licence tag and collar went missing too when found. Below is their testimony.

"Lucky has been with Alina since he was a puppy. He is now 6 years old. However as he loves to be on the street, she lost him 2 weeks ago. I am a neighbour of Alina and have known Lucky for 4 years.

"We were told that someone came to take Lucky away as he was fighting with other dogs and that Lucky was already put to sleep on 28th Dec by MPPP. Even though we had cried for days after knowing the news, a few days ago we decided to visit MPPP again with his photo to confirm if he was put down.

"MPPP confirmed that they did not put down this dog based on his photo and advised that we go to SPCA.

"Alina had gone to SPCA one week ago but without Lucky's photo so she didn't get a chance to go visit dogs in the cage but today with his photo, we were told a dog looks like him at kennel 29. We took a slow stroll to kennel 29 with only very little hope that it would be him as we thought he is already dead. But to our great surprise, it turned out to be LUCKY! Alina and I both jumped and hugged each other. We are so happy it was Lucky!

"This is the greatest miracle to us. We think that naming him Lucky really makes him very lucky as he was lost in Free School Road and was found in Sungai Dua.

"We would like to thank Veronica (the lady who brought Lucky to SPCA and even visited him a few times). She is truly Lucky's Angel. And thank you SPCA as well and those who have taken care of Lucky!

"Thank you so much for all that you and everyone in SPCA have done for the dogs!!!"

Since then we have been informed that Lucky has been adopted by Veronica as he undergoes a lot of stress at his original home.
Donations & Contributions can come in many forms.

Following an invitation last November from Altera Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd. to sell SPCA merchandise, the employees of the company have since embarked on a project to further contribute towards the society. This was done in conjunction with Altera's 30th Anniversary Charity Day. With pledges from the company, several events such as sale of ice cream and a garage sale were organized. A sum of RM2,150 was raised. SPCA would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the employees of Altera Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd for having SPCA in mind for the Charity Day.

'I LOVE SPCA' FESTIVAL - USM CHINESE LANGUAGE SOCIETY
14th December 2013 was a day full of events organised by the students from the Community Service Society of the USM CHINESE LANGUAGE SOCIETY at the USM ground. The main aim was to instill good values on how animals should be treated as well as increase awareness on animal welfare amongst the students at USM and the general public.

Many events were planned for the day from 10 a.m. till 11 p.m. The organisers put in hard work to organize the following: a food fair, bicycling, coloring and big eater competitions, stage & video show etc. Along with this, talks on SPCA and Responsible Pet Ownership were presented to the students.

SPCA would like to thank all the organisers and also sponsors/advertisers who have contributed in kind and in cash towards the success of the above festival. The students at the Community Service Society have raised a handsome sum of RM8610.55. The amount raised will be channeled towards our Neutering Fund which is depleting. We welcome anyone who would like to donate towards this fund. To contribute kindly go to the DONATE page at our website.

SRI PELITA SCHOOL VISIT

What better way can we instill in the minds of these students on 'RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP'? Thirty six students and 4 teachers visited the shelter to get to know what they can learn and do for SPCA. The enthusiasm they showed has lifted the spirits of the animals at the shelter. Every paw friend was eager to be out of the kennel to mingle and run around with them.
  
  

T-Shirt Design Competition Get your creative juices flowing.....

OUR WISH LIST FOR FEBRUARY

1. To rehome as many animals as possible available at the shelter. Need a pet? Come and help save a life. Adopt one today!

2. To receive less (or none) calls on complaints of possible cruelty/neglect. Please practice/observe the 5 Freedoms and Be A Responsible Pet Owner.

3. For as little as RM5.50 a day, you can help SPCA maintain any healthy and adoptable animal that occupies a kennel while waiting to be homed. You can pledge to sponsor a kennel at RM2000 year.

4. Food etc. is always needed. Kindly speak to our officer to find out what we need