WELCOME to the
SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department
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Issued: June 1, 2014
SPCA Penang Contact
Jalan Jeti Jelutong 11600 Penang, Malaysia. (604)2816559 (6016)4166559
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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SPCA handles innumerable messages/queries daily via email, telephone and facebook, be it on complaints of cruelty/neglect or abuse, rescuing injured and or diseased animals, collecting strays and abandoned animals, consultation services - and the list goes on and on. Each call is taken care of considerately and help is given in whatever manner we are able. One needs to understand further our objectives, mission and our stand for not being a "no kill" shelter when it comes to the surrendering of animals. Being a "no kill" has lots of limitations and when a shelter becomes "no kill", it merely transfers the responsibility of euthanizing animals to another agency.
In our local context, as long as you do not put animals to sleep, you are not seen as "cruel". Sometimes, we wonder if people understood exactly what cruelty means. Does cruelty mean no killing even if the animal is suffering in pain, emaciated or in a state of deterioration?
Allowing an animal to die on its own with no palliative care when the animal is helpless is also a form of cruelty inflicted by the owner. Confining too many animals in a confined space with no supervision and allowing them to fight with each other is also a form of cruelty inflicted on the animals.
In our line of duty, we note many cases where pet owners are ignorant of the needs of the animals. One may think that it is cruel to put an animal to sleep when the owner is not able to keep the pet anymore. But does this warrant a pet owner to allow an animal to suffer for a period of time without proper care? And without the welfare of the pet being taken care of. This poor dog (Doberman) below had been subjected to suffering for a while before the owner decides to ask SPCA to collect it and put it to sleep. And the other photo shows an animal being left outside with no shelter from the elements.
|DobermanDog left outside the owner's property
|SPCA WORKSHOP ON 'RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP - WE LEARN' IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SMARTHEART PERFECT COMPANION GROUP|
|We invite children aged 9 t0 12 years to come and have fun with our animals at the pound. What does the workshop entail? It teaches children to know their responsibilities as pet owners. Socializing and bonding with pet animals are necessary, thus enabling them to blend in well with the family and the home environment. There will be two workshops held in June during the school holidays on Wednesdays 4th (now full) and 11th June from 2pm to 4:30pm. To register for the 11th, kindly call or email us with the name of your child attending. A t-shirt and bookmark will be given away by courtesy of our partner SMARTHEART PERFECT COMPANION GROUP.
|HAPPY TAILS ADOPTED|
|As of 31st May, our animals adopted this year stands at 67. This means an average of 13 cats and dogs a month have found happy and forever homes. What can you do to help save all shelter animals at the pound and help find good loving and forever homes? We would appreciate if you could spread the word around and encourage would be adopters to help save a life by adopting them. In partnership with SMARTHEART PERFECT COMPANION GROUP, the 'WE ADOPT' Campaign is running until December 31, 2014. For every pet adopted from the shelter, the adoptee will receive a 3kg package of pet food and a food bowl with compliments of Perfect Companion Group. There are many dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. For more details kindly visit the shelter or our adoption gallery at www.spca-penang.net
|Sippy, Cebu, Shenie, Jazper, Riya, Brownie & Tarah|
|HAPPENINGS AROUND SPCA |
|The month of May saw many students from schools and colleges fulfilling their commitment to serve organizations needing help as part of their community service towards welfare of animals. We are indeed appreciative of their selection of our society. |
25TH Anniversary of the Wanderer's Association, USM Penang
Ever thought how happy one would be to sing and raise funds for the welfare of animals!? 50 members of the Wanderers' Association in Penang gathered and sang in various places at Armenian Street Got Talent, Occupy Beach Street, 1st Avenue and at their 25th Anniversary event held at Dewan Sri Pinang. A sum of RM1694.25 was raised for the society. SPCA would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to all concerned for their time and effort put in. Congratulations to all for a job well done!
Visit by Fairview International School
We are glad to note that Fairview International School has placed SPCA as an avenue to educate kids on Responsible Pet Ownership. Twenty six students and 3 teachers had a fun time with the animals at the pound. This, indeed is the best way forward to educate and create awareness on the many unwanted animals dumped at shelters by irresponsible owners.
Visit from 40 Interactors from SMJK Hua Lian, Taiping
On May 28, 2014, 40 Interactors from SMJK Hua Lian, Taiping visited SPCA Penang.
|SAFETY AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR TNB METER READERS|
In conjunction with the above, SPCA was invited to give a presentation/talk to 140 meter readers at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. The topic was 'How to avoid being bitten by stray dogs'. Two field officers were badly bitten by dogs while on duty and were hospitalized for a period of time. SPCA realizes the many problems faced by the meter readers and this goes for all field officers from other Utility Organizations working in the field. To remedy the situation, it was felt that the following should be looked into.
- Help identify areas where there are strays. It is also specially noted that in the kampong areas where there are no fenced compound, dogs are left to roam freely thus becoming a nuisance.
- Improve the system of reading meters. Meter readers proposed to have a device to distract strays from chasing them.
- Sending circulars to advise house owners to have their meter read and display the readings at the gate to avoid inconvenience. It was noted that most of the time house owners are not around.
- Though we have the dog bye-laws, it was of the opinion that enforcement from both MPPP and MPSP are not sufficiently effective. It was hoped that both Local Councils will play an active role in keeping the strays off the streets and make the environment in Penang conducive and healthy for all.
We are indeed appreciative of Penang Tenaga National Berhad's initiative to involve SPCA into its Workers Safety Awareness Program.
|DOG CARNIVAL AT HAN CHIANG SCHOOL STADIUM - EVENT NAME 'HOPE'|
Han Chiang High School students, with approval and co-operation from the SPCA Penang, are organizing the above event at the school stadium on Saturday, 21st June. Time: 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. The aim of the event is to increase the awareness of pet owners' responsibilities and the abandonment of animals commonly seen straying around in public areas. An educational booth will be set up by SPCA as well as promoting the sale of its merchandise. A presentation will be arranged by SPCA.
The Persatuan Anjing Agiliti (PAA) will be there too with members' dogs performing skills and educating the public on the basic training that is required when you keep pets (especially dogs). There will be a competition for dogs and owners, photography session etc. Proceeds from the event will go towards SPCA for the welfare of animals. For further details on the event, kindly email Ms. Teoh at email@example.com - please note this event is organized by Han Chiang School students and all queries need to be directed to them.
|PET FRIENDLY VENUES|
SPCA has compiled a list on its website
of places which are 'pet friendly' in Penang and where you can bring the animals for outings to socialize with other paw friends. We would also like you to help us add to and correct our list - should you know of any venues missing from our list or any changes that need to be made, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR WISH LIST FOR JUNE|
ADOPT A KENNEL CAMPAIGN
Would you like to support this cause by adopting a kennel from the SPCA Shelter? This is how it works:
for every kennel adopted at RM2000 per year, you help maintain any animal that occupies the kennel.
Payments can be done quarterly, half yearly or in full and your contributions are exempted from tax. A plaque will be displayed on the kennel with the sponsor's name or in memory of their pet or loved ones. There are still many kennels waiting to be sponsored and to know more about this, kindly call (04 281 6559) to chat.
ANIMAL FOSTERING PROGRAM
We need volunteers who would be willing to commit and help foster young puppies and kittens for a period of time (max. 3-6 weeks). Please call to find out if you are eligible to be part of our fostering team.
FOOD FOR ANIMALS AT THE SHELTER
We are always in need of food for our dogs and cats housed at the shelter. Please call to find out the type of food required before you purchase. Thank you!