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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department


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Issued: March 1, 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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LEARNING THE ART OF MEDICATING YOUR PET WITH THE MEDICINE IT NEEDS...

Having a pet at home is always fun and not everyone understands that you will need to endure the pleasure of shuffling medicines down its throat when there is a need to. Not everyone really knows the art of medicating to reduce stress to the animal when the need arises. Have you ever tried it or do you leave it to your veterinarian to do the job? Have you ever experienced getting bitten while medicating your pet?

Many pet owners are scared of opening the mouth of their pets for fear of getting bitten. Start by stroking your pet's muzzle when you spend time with it, as this will increase your courage and ease fear when medication is needed. You can try it out daily by giving it vitamins. Here are some steps that you can take when medicating your pet animal.

1. Make sure your pet sits, and hold him firmly. Grasp his upper jaw just behind the long canine teeth. Be sure the dog's lips are inside the mouth. Lever your forearm softly against the top of the dog's head as the jaw is gently pulled up. It is not necessary to lever your forearm if it is a small dog. If the dog does not open his mouth, gently squeeze his lips against his teeth. Using your other hand, place the pill, tablet or capsule on to the back of the dog's tongue. Push the medicines with your forefinger if necessary. Hold the mouth close and stroke the animal's throat until you are sure the medication has been swallowed.

2. Cats and small dogs are quite delicate. Never use force. Always be gentle. Be patient and be confident. An animal does not understand that medication is designed to help eliminate suffering.

3. If you have difficulty in medicating cats and kittens, the best way is to drape the cat with a towel or blanket. Hold it gently but firmly between your arm and body. Hold the cat's head. With your free hand use a dropper to slowly inject medication or push the pill in the same as for the dog. Never force a cat to swallow rapidly.

  

4. Old pets, like old people, acquire dignity and fragility with their years and should be treated accordingly. Care is required with all animals to avoid pulling or twisting limbs into awkward positions.

 

KEEN TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT THE SPCA PENANG SHELTER??!!
Every 3rd Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. sharp, SPCA conducts a Volunteer Briefing Session(VBS) for all new volunteers who wish to sign up to volunteer their services as indicated below:
  • Socialising, interacting with dogs and /or cats
  • Dog walking, Grooming /Bathing the dogs and cats at the shelter
  • Help in our fundraising events or promote the work of SPCA
  • Educational activities outside of SPCA
  • Animal fostering
  • Cleaning of kennels and cattery etc.
It is necessary and compulsory for all first timers to attend the VBS which will take approximately 2 hours. You will be briefed on the structure of the society, rules on the DOS & DON'TS while working with animals plus a hands-on demo session on walking our dogs from the shelter on to the road.

Should you love to volunteer and are not able to come physically, we welcome you to show us your skills/talent. If you are artistic or good at designing, you could contribute by helping us design tshirts. SPCA sells merchandise such as tshirts, bookmarks, keychains etc. Income generated from this will help us continue our services towards the welfare of our animals. Our volunteer application form can be downloaded from our website or you can walk in to sign up personally at our office.

Our next volunteer briefing session will be held on Saturday 15th March. Time: 9 a.m. sharp.

  

 

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS IN AND AROUND SPCA
The month of February was dedicated purely to creating awareness and educating the young. We had visits from students from Sri Pelita School, Year 7 students from International School of Penang (Uplands), Prince of Wales Island International School and 1st year Veterinary Students from University Putra Malaysia.
Students from Sri Pelita:
Students from Uplands:
 

LOST AND ABANDONED DOGS

It is sad to note that lately we have far too many dogs reported lost/missing from homes. With the mass circulation of the dogs reported lost and/or brought in, we have to date only managed to help reunite 5 dogs. Some which are unclaimed have ended up on our adoption list. We believe the ones which appeared unclaimed could have been abandoned by their owners. We wish to remind all Pet Owners, who have utilized our services on posting their lost pets on our blog website to inform the office immediately when their pet has been reunited.

We are currently looking for the owners of these dogs:
    

Casper reunited with owner in February:

Looking to adopt a pet! Kindly visit us at our adoption gallery page at www.spca-penang.net
 

HAPPY TALES

We are glad to receive feedback from our "happy tails" that went to forever homes. It is heartening to note that they are doing well in their new homes after leaving the Shelter. We thank the many volunteers who have come regularly to spend time socializing and interacting with the animals waiting to be homed. Their services rendered through this manner have indeed helped mould them into good canine citizens. As at to date, we have rehomed 30 cats and dogs this year.
Some of the animals rehomed in February - Riti, Kimba, Fluffy, Reyna and Tivy:

CHANGE OF BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER AT MAYBANK
To our members, donors & friends of SPCA Penang, we wish to inform you that we have moved our MBB current account at Maybank Jelutong to Sg. Pinang on Jalan Jelutong. Our new account number is 507433383428. Account name remains unchanged.

T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION
The competition is now closed for entries - now it's your turn to judge the winner!

You can either vote via our Facebook album of the designs, or check the designs in our flickr album and vote by email to photos@spca-penang.net.

On Facebook you may "Like" as many of the designs as you wish and for email votes, just list the codes you want to vote for.

Voting closes March 14, 2014 at 5pm.

OUR WISH LIST FOR MARCH

We are unable to resuscitate our aging microwave oven. Does anyone have one they are willing to donate? Does not have to be new - just in working order! Thank you!

As ever, animal food and other items used regularly at the shelter are most welcome.