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Issued: June 1, 2013

 

Animal Surrendering

On average over 10 calls are received daily enquiring about animal surrendering. These are calls where the public are not able to either care for their charges anymore, as they are either too busy with their daily lives, or their pet has suddenly become a burden etc. and the list goes on. Some are not even prepared to look for other alternatives and as a result resort to having the animal taken away and have high expectations of SPCA having to house the animals forever and not euthanize them. Again and again, we have the task of making the public understand the policies that are set, and that it is impossible to save all animals that are taken in. We are against euthanasia, and would very much like to avoid this as much as possible. Take a look at some of the cases brought in recently.

Case 1: Black female 'Beauty' was a street dog cared for by social carers. She was given her daily meals. As she has no proper home to stay in, she poses a problem as she chases motorcyclists and passers by. An accident occurred one day on the street and this has resulted in the motorcyclist requesting compensation. For the public and carer's safety, Beauty ended up at the shelter.
Case 2: Zara was found roaming in a housing area at Taman Bukit Gambir. Due to her size and also being pregnant at that time, her presence was not welcomed in the neighborhood. Zara sought refuge at the shelter and gave birth to 8 puppies 2 weeks later. None of her puppies survived.
Case 3: Both Jack (male) & Jo (female) were cute and adorable when they were puppies. They were given up as no one at home could commit themselves to treat the dogs which have recurring skin conditions.
Jo (left) and Jack (right) now.
We wish very much that we could save all lives and very often we remind ourselves that having more shelters would mean that more and more animals will be dumped and it is not a solution. Even having an animal sanctuary will not be able to hold all animals saved unless there is unlimited resources poured in regularly to allow expansion. Our only hope is that all pet owners in the community they live in would care for the welfare of their pets in the environment they live in. Along with that, we need good education and legislation towards keeping pets to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Adoption Highlight

Twelve Forever homes were found in May. Staff and volunteers were so happy to note that 'Happy' the 8 year old Basset Hound was finally re-homed the third time. We received a phone call from his new owner informing us that they are both happy with each other. Happy, please keep your owner - stay happy!

Some recent adoptions - off to happy homes are, from left Kimky, Teja, Nary and Carbon:

            

Happy Reunion

Duke the Golden Retriever was picked up from a jungle area near Sri Batik Motel in Batu Ferringhi. He was seen hiding underneath an abandoned car for 4 days by a hiker. We are glad to announce that Duke has been reunited with his owner. We have been informed by the owner that he went missing since GE 13 day. Duke was found infested with maggots on the left front hock joint and inter digital space of his front right paw. Treatment was initiated immediately when brought in. Duke was extremely happy to be reunited with his family on 18th May. This is the second time that Duke has escaped from his home together with his brother. Duke's brother found his way home but not Duke. Owners have been given advice and we hope that history will not be repeated.
Upcoming Events

International Homeless Animals Day - SPCA Family Carnival at Youth Park, Sunday 18th Aug. time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are in the midst of organising this event. We appeal to all our members, friends and supporters to help in the following manner:
  1. Sale of food coupons which are now available at RM10 each. We would greatly appreciate if 500 people took 10 tickets each. (That would meet our sales target.)
  2. Sponsors for food stalls at RM1000 per stall.
  3. Volunteers to help organise the event.
  4. Donations. Funds raised will help towards purchase of a new animal ambulance to replace our old animal ambulances which are no longer road worthy.
All donations received will be tax exempt and cheques can be addressed to 'SPCA Penang'.

There will be food, fun and entertainment for all ages.

New Volunteer Briefing, Saturday 15th June. Time: 9 a.m. sharp

If you are interested in being a volunteer at SPCA, do join us for a briefing.

Megamal Penang, Launch on Saturday 8th June. Time: 3 p.m.

Megamal Penang has kindly donated space to us to promote our services and sell merchandise for three months at its MegaStreet promotion. The event will be launched on Saturday, June 8 at 3pm. Our booth will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

George Town Festival, Launch on Saturday 8th June. Time: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join us at the Esplanade on Saturday June 8th for the launch of the George Town Festival. We will be organazing activities for children, plus there will be many events at the venue for all ages.
June Wish List

8 Bags X 8 KG dry puppy food (monthly request)
2 Cartons X 24 cans dog food (wet)
2 Cartons X 24 cans cat food (wet)
2 x 18 litres Jotun white weathershield paint
Sponsorship for an Animal Abulance (donations welcome)

We thank the many donors who have answered to our appeal for donations in kind.

SPCA Penang Contact:
Jalan Jeti Jelutong 11600 Penang, Malaysia. (604)2816559 (6016)4166559
Email: 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 only.
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