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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department

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Edition: August 2017


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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The recent outbreak of rabies in Serian, Sarawak and in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping has again kept our authorities in check. The action taken by Penang State Health Exco Dr Afif Bahardin and State Director of Veterinary Services as announced at a recent press conference is commendable!

As we do not want a repeat of the last crisis happening in Penang in 2015, we strongly urged all pet owners to have their pets' vaccination for rabies updated when due. To owners who allow their pets to roam about, please practice walking your dog on a leash to avoid unnecessary happenings of dog bites as it is better to take precaution than be sorry later. Should there be any case of dog bites, do report to the authority concerned in Penang at 5041047. Identifying the area and color of dog is important.

Vaccinations for rabies can be performed at any veterinary clinics and the Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar. For inquiries, go here. Many have asked how we can recognize a rabid dog. For the interests of all, here are the clinical signs for considering a dog to be rabid:
  • Drooping jaw
  • Abnormal barking
  • Dry drooping tongue, dark-red/orange-red
  • Licking its own urine
  • Abnormal licking of water
  • Regurgitation                   Click here for a short video on some of the signs.
  • Altered behavior
  • Biting and eating abnormal things
  • Aggression
  • Biting with no provocation
  • Running without apparent reason
  • Stiffness upon running or walking
  • Restlessness
  • Bites cage during quarantine
  • Appearing sleepy
  • Imbalance of gait.


We are glad to hear from Ethan Goon about his adoption tale. Ethan was one who has been pestering his parents for a pet. What better way can one help save a life. His whole family visited the shelter. Ethan was given a challenge to spend his days at the shelter for a test to find out if he could be a responsible pet owner! He did not fail but impressed us all at shelter as well as his family. This is the way forward for young animal lovers. His story:

"My dog Mocha

After volunteering for 5 Saturdays in the SPCA - getting to know the dogs, and deciding if I was really ready to adopt a pet – we finally brought Mocha (formally known as Taffy) home on April 1st, 2017. She was an active and friendly puppy in the SPCA (which is what I wanted in a dog), but became even more active and friendly at home.

She loves to play and go for walks in the nearby field. She has already learnt how to sit and lie down before receiving food and treats. She even knows how to crouch in anticipation of the football which I usually play with her.

As Mocha is still a puppy (8 months old), she still has the urge to bite stuff like slipper, etc. and she is fond of digging up the soil in the potted plants (daddy is not too happy about that).

Mocha has many kinds of barks – one to warn us about strangers on the road, one to let us know she needs to do her business, and the loudest is her bark to call me out to play. And if try to hide from her, she make a funny sound as if she was grumbling at me. Life has certainly changed with Mocha around and I think I am a more responsible person because of her.


In July, we had 3 cats and 3 dogs adopted.



With the Animal Welfare Act which came into effect on 1st July, it is imperative for pet owners to observe the 5 FREEDOMs. From the SPCA point of view, we anticipate that three quarters of the pet owner population are subjected to being charged for animal cruelty. Most cases that we have checked, heard of, received/collected when called upon are those of utmost negligence on the part of pet owners so called 'Animal Lover' which also includes Social Feeders. Out of goodwill, SPCA has been lenient and instead advised pet owners not to repeat their mistakes. Some feel uneasy and felt that they do not need such lectures.


The last batch of 5 students has proven that it is the right way forward for Universiti Putra Malaysia to move veterinary students in engaging themselves working with animal shelters. It is an eye opener for them as most students we encountered have not been in contact with animals really and for some veterinary science is not their choice of profession.




Each year, International Homeless Animals Day falls on 3rd Saturday of August. To commemorate this special day, SPCA will be having its OPEN DAY and its visiting hours will be extended until 2 p.m. Come join in and have fun with our furry friends at the shelter. (Please leave your own pets at home.)


On Sunday July 15, we were grateful to be invited to set up a booth at Occupy Beach Street to help create awareness and sell our merchandise.


Do you know that anytime you purchase any merchandise online or wherever we have an event outside you are helping SPCA maintain and upkeep the animals at the shelter? We appreciate your support and hope this keeps coming in. Our new tshirt:

Our wish list for the animals is most appreciated too. Your contribution is greatly appreciated by our furry friends at the shelter. To know more on how you can contribute, please call us at 2816559 or email.


Our next volunteer briefing will be held on 19th August, 2017. Time: 9 a.m. sharp. To sign up, one can go online or walk in that morning. Volunteers are greatly needed to interact, socialize and bond with our shelter animals. Through this, it can help ensure their adaptability into their forever homes easily.

SPCA TEAM Thank you.