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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department


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Issued: May 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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COPING WITH SENIOR PETS AND SAYING 'GOODBYE' TO YOUR LOVED ONES

It is commonly thought that a dog's age at one year is equal to 7 human years. An average lifespan of a dog is around 9-12 human years. As your pet ages, you will note that he begins to slow down. He will have difficulty in climbing/jumping into your car or onto furniture. When he slows down, his personality may change and become fearful, aggressive or more anxious than he used to be. He will also need your daily attention in medicating when the heart slows down and daily dressing when his eyes fail. He may require a special diet with low protein as recommended by your veterinarian. If your dog is slow and has difficulty in moving, it is recommended that extra water bowls be placed around the house so as to avoid allowing your dog to become dehydrated.

Just because your dog is elderly, it does not mean that he no longer enjoys life. With advanced technology nowadays, we are able to maintain and keep them healthier than ever. As such they would live longer and at times we are often put in a difficult situation of deciding when it is the time for our beloved paw friends to go.

One may find that the bond with owners strengthens as the dog ages. Perhaps, it is also time to prepare oneself to adopt or help save another dog that needs a loving home. When to put your dog to sleep is a personal decision. Some may feel that it is most humane to let him go before he suffers. He will show you signs of distress when he's ready. He will lose interest in activities, refuse to eat, drink and look depressed.

This can be a traumatic experience for owners who bond very well with their pets and, it is indeed hard to accept.

Some photos of old dogs abandoned and brought in to SPCA are shown below - have a heart, don't abandon your animal because it gets old.

Old dog with mange

Old dog with a cataract

Old dog with a cataract and a maggot wound

Old dog that has become blind

Old dog with a skin problem

 

 

SPCA AND SMARTHEART ADOPTION DRIVE 'WE CARE'
One will have the most profound experience in life when the thought of accepting and adopting a dog comes into one's life. Ever thought of helping to save animals at shelters? Smartheart, together with a few animal shelters, has embarked on an adoption drive beginning April and running through December. We sincerely wish to have members of the public visit shelter animals with the hope that they could give the animals a second chance. A hug or two with our animals at the shelter are also welcome!

Tell a friend about this! For every shelter animal one adopts, a complimentary gift of a feeding bowl and a 3kg pet food from Smartheart will go along with the pet adopted. There are many animals waiting to be adopted. To view the animals available for adoption, kindly visit us at www.spca-penang.net We congratulate some of our "Smart Friends" who got adopted the previous month. As of now, 11 dogs & cats were found homes under this programme.

Photos of recent adoptions - Tobi, Tini, Riya, Paya, Jilla, Fifi, Wuji, Choco, Malo and Lova:

  

  
 

'WE LEARN' - RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP BEGINS AT HOME!

Come June during the local school semester break, SPCA will run 2 workshops for children of ages 9 to 12 years. A maximum of 15 participants will be taken on each session for the following dates - 4th and 11th June. Time 2.30 till 4.30 p.m. To register, kindly email and let us know which date is preferred together with the name and age of the child. Parents are welcome to join their kids too. Every participant will be given a t-shirt and a bookmark by courtesy of Smartheart - Perfect Companion Group. Registration can also be made at http://www.perfectcompanion.com.my/We_Learn.htm.

Come and have fun! Come and give our paw friends at the shelter a hug.
 

'WE VOLUNTEERED'

Ever wondered how boring it would be if it was all work in the office and no play! On 2nd April, a group of G Hotel Management Staff decided that they would spend an afternoon working with the dogs and cats at the shelter. It was never a dull afternoon as they had such great fun bathing, grooming and socializing with the animals, and painting our kennels too. A cash donation for sum RM1000 was also received. Our sincere appreciation to all the G Hotel staff involved, 'Thank You for the generous contribution'.

A special 'thank you' to the General Manager Mr. Michael Hanratty for his presence and his consent to have our dog/cat collection box placed at the vicinity of G Hotel too.

CELEBRATE MOTHERS' DAY WITH A SPCA GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR MUM

Show how much you love your mum with a gift - big or small - from SPCA. Please visit our on-line shop to purchase our SPCA merchandise from as little as RM5. We have Gift Certificates for sale at a minimum of RM50 too. This certificate can be redeemed at SPCA Penang in exchange for merchandise or as part payment for adoption fees only and is valid for 6 months from date of purchase. For details on how to purchase, please call the SPCA.

COMPLAINTS ON STRAYS AT THE VICINITY OF APARTMENT HOUSING AREAS AND HOUSING ESTATES

Almost daily SPCA has been receiving complaints on strays in the vicinity of apartment housing and housing areas. Complaints on this also top the list at the local authorities too. This is one huge problem where no solution can be achieved if pet owners and social feeders within the area cannot understand the mechanism of how strays come about. SPCA would be glad to work with any Board Management of any Apartment Housing /Residents Committee to eradicate the problem of strays in their vicinity. Here is an insight on how strays begin.... [click here]

HAPPENINGS IN & AROUND SPCA
Twenty two KDU Mass Communications Students embarked on volunteering and performing their community service at the shelter 3 days a week continuously for 7 weeks as required by their university programme. Though most of them do not own pets and have no clue at all on handling animals, there is one good point to note - they have compassion for animals. SPCA appreciates that they have chosen the shelter as an avenue to work with the animals. Our paw friends were indeed more than happy to greet them as they were allowed the FREEDOM TO EXPRESS THEIR NORMAL BEHAVIOUR (this is one of the Five Freedoms - remember Responsible Pet Ownership Begins at Home). Besides working with animals, the students also helped in the other areas as required. We sincerely hope that this arrangement can be followed by other colleges, universities etc.


VISIT BY KPMG PERSONNEL
On 19th April, staff at KPMG Penang in conjunction with their Community Outreach initiative visited the shelter. The group was given an insight of the SPCA's work and activities and our Building Expansion project. As funds would be needed soon for our building expansion program, 65 KPMG personnel passed the hat around and contributed a sum of RM1645 towards this project. Thank you so much and we are glad to announce that this is our first contribution received for the coming project. SPCA will be working towards fundraising for this project. We invite anyone be it individual, corporate or an organization who would be willing to take a lead in this. We will be issuing details on the expansion project soon.

NEW TSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE ON SALE AT THE SPCA
Following our T Shirt Competition which ended in March 14th, we have printed the t-shirt designed by Mr. Beng Leong Toh which won the most number of votes.

We are pleased to announce that the t-shirts with the ladies cut are now available in PINK only for ladies, at sizes ranges from SMALL TO EXTRA LARGE.

The regular straight cut which is suitable for the men, ladies and children too are available in BLUE. These come in sizes for children - 28", 30", and 32" chest size. For adults, the size ranges from SMALL to LARGE only. To purchase you can go to our website at www.spca-penang.net or come to the SPCA Shelter. They are all priced at RM20 each (walk-in price).
  

2015 SPCA CALENDAR
SPCA is beginning to prepare its 2015 Calendar, a fundraiser for SPCA. We invite pet owners who would like to sponsor a page at RM300 to contact us (tax exempt receipt will be given). You are allowed to place photos* of you and your loved pets or you could also pay a tribute in memory of your beloved pet. For further details, please email us at photos@spca-penang.net or contact the Administrator at 2816559/0164166559 during office hours.

* - photos must be good quality. File sizes (if possible) should be 5MB and above. We will make adjustments to resolution and image dimensions as required, but for your information the page size is 21cm wide by 15cm high.

OUR WISH LIST FOR MAY

We are always in need of the following. Do add us to the cart for your list of groceries.
  • Dog food - Puppy food (wet or dry) is preferable as we have younger dogs
  • Cat food - canned wet food is needed to mix with the dry for the shelter cats waiting for homes
  • Shieldtox sprays, drain brushes, dust pan, scour pad
  • Used towels as good as new