WELCOME to the
SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department
Edition: March 2019


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).
Our phone is manned 7 days a week until 7pm. Emergency calls will only be handled during daylight hours.
 

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  SPCA's new website

 

Have you visited our website lately? Check it out https://spca-penang.net and let us have your opinion so as to help us improve further. SPCA would like to thank WebHero, our hosting provider, for their kind assistance in revamping our new website which has just been launched live recently. In the website, we have also added a new 3rd party adoption page. The reason for this is that we receive many requests from pet owners to help rehome unwanted adult pets which pet owners are unable to maintain any more, but would be willing to hold on to for a while with the hope that a home can be found. Since it is quite impossible to meet every request, we have set up a third party adoption page to allow circulation of this information (via website only, we reserve social media for promoting adoption of animals in our care) and hopefully the animal need not be surrendered to the shelter. 3rd party adoption postings must be made via our website.

 

 

 

Adoption Highlights

The month of February was not at all favorable to our four-footed friends at the shelter. Only one cat and one dog from our shelter got adopted. Three other dogs found as strays and brought in were adopted back by their finders.

 

 

Rabies strikes again
Since rabies has struck again in Taiping which is not very far from us, we urge pet owners to be more careful. Pet owners are advised to restrain the movement of their pet from state to state. The recent outbreak did not happen to strays but owner owned. It is also very important to update your pet with the rabies vaccine at your veterinary clinic.
 

 

How to achieve a 'zero stray' animal status in Malaysia

There has been so much talk recently on the Deputy Health Minister’s proposal for a "zero stray dog" policy in our country. He has also suggested that NGOs take responsibility for sheltering strays, failing which the dogs should be put to sleep. Malaysia is still a long way from being classified as such. NGOs are not able to shelter all strays in the country without support from the government and the public.

It is time that the Ministry of Agriculture takes the bold step of:

1. Revamping the dog bylaws and make it a standard bylaw for all in the country. Neutering and inserting a microchip for any animal (dog/cat) should be made compulsory. This will help reduce the population of strays and help detect owners who dump animals.

2. Education and Legislation: NGOs and the Authorities will have to work hand in hand to help with the implementation of the bylaws. As animals are part of our lives in almost every household, it is important to introduce the 5 ANIMAL FREEDOMS & Responsible Pet Ownership into our Primary School curriculum as a Moral subject. Animal Welfare NGOs should be allowed to penetrate into schools and Resident Associations to organize talks and inculcate a sense of responsibility/commitment towards owning a pet.

 

Introduction of an aluminum ID Tag for your pet(s)
Almost daily we have a request to help circulate info on lost and found animals. It is indeed disheartening to note that most are not able to be re-united with the owner. With courtesy from thepresent.com.my, we are launching the making of an ID tag for your pet at a rate of RM23 each. You can choose from the many shapes as below. Kindly note that there will be a collective order for the tags and collection will be from the SPCA Shelter once ready. Should you need any special delivery to your doorstep a delivery charge will be added - contact us for shipping charge (042816559 or info@spca-penang.net). To place your order kindly confirm by letting us know the code number with details of your pet’s name and your telephone number. Confirmation of your order will only be processed with proof of payment into the SPCA account at MBB  5074 3338 3428 so please email tag requirements and proof of payment to info@spca-penang.net. For the -Photo styles of tags, you can email us info@spca-penang.net a photo of your pet to be on the tag.  You may also order via our online shop at https://spca-penang.net/shop under "Pet Accessories".
 
Special introductory offer - RM20/each only for the designs without photo!! (RD-001, RD-002, BN-001, BN-002, LV-001, LV-002, HY-001, HY-002, FS-001, FS-002)
 
 
 

 

Visits and Community Service
In the month of February, our shelter was filled with visits by students from Sentral College who were committed to fulfill their hours of community service with NGOs.
 
 
 

 

Volunteer Briefing
Our next volunteer briefing will be held on 16th March at the SPCA premises. Time: 9 a.m. sharp.

 

SPCA Wishlist

Your donations in cash and in kind are always needed to help us maintain our services to the many animals housed at the shelter waiting for homes. A tax exempt receipt will be given for any amount of cash donated. We would like to thank the many who had deposited cash into our account at MAYBANK via MEPS TRANSFER. Do please drop us a line and give your address so that we can reply to you with a receipt. Your support is indeed appreciated.

 

Thank you.

SPCA TEAM