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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
From Events and Education Department

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Issued: September 1, 2015


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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A check with the State Veterinary Dept in Penang revealed that there is an outbreak of rabies in the State of Perlis (also you may find details in this Bernama article). Two dogs that have bitten people people have been tested positive for rabies. The people bitten have been given medical treatment. Pet owners are advised not to allow their pets to go out roaming. Pet owners are also advised to protect their pet by giving rabies vaccine. Please check it out with your veterinarian. We will not be providing these vaccinations at SPCA - please check with your vet.

Rabies and how does it spread?

Rabies is a virus that is excreted in an animal's saliva. The virus causes encephalitis (an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) which is invariably fatal in all species.

Rabies enters the bodies of both humans and animals mainly via a bite wound or possibly by contamination of an existing open cut or through contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. All mammals can be infected by the virus, however wild animals are the main carriers of the disease with dogs and cats acting as the most common vector between the wild reservoir and humans. People may get the disease by being bitten, licked or scratched (saliva is often found on claws).

Recognizing the signs

In humans pain appears at the site of the bite, followed by burning, tickling or numb sensations. The skin becomes sensitive to temperature changes.

Drinking causes spasms of the larynx, hence the victim avoids drinking and the term hydrophobia (fear of water) is another term for the disease. The patient becomes restless and shows extreme excitability; muscle spasms; laryngeal spasms; convulsions and paralysis. Extreme salivation (foaming at the mouth) is also common.

This is followed by inability to walk, eat or drink properly followed by death after 7 days. In the furious form of the disease animals become more excitable and aggressive. Animals may react excessively to even a mild stimulus such as a puff in the wind. In the furious form animals may attack humans and other animals.

Treatment and survival rate

Approximately 24 hours after the virus enters the body, it enters the nervous system via peripheral nerves. Once this stage has been reached it is incurable, and death eventually results. Therefore if left untreated rabies is 100 per cent fatal. However, if rabies vaccine is given within the 24 hour initial exposure period, the disease can be prevented. As soon as possible after an animal bite, scrub the wound with soap and water for 15 minutes. Report all bites to the proper authority in your area immediately.

Steps to be taken when your dog bites someone.

1. Do not put your dog to sleep.

2. You will be required to remove your dog for quarantine for at least a period of 10 days for observation at the State Veterinary Department. This is to ensure that the dog is rabies free. This procedure will only be carried out if a police report is made by the other party.

What you should do when you get bitten by a dog.

1. Make a police report and

2. Seek medical assistance.

SPCA PENANG OPEN DAY to commemorate International Homeless Animals' Day (IHAD)
This day falls on every 3rd Saturday of every August. SPCA had specially extended its opening hours till 2 p.m. with the hope to receive more visitors with the intention of adopting animals from our shelter. It was not as good as we expected. Only two adoptions happened on that day.


The morning at the above event held at Church Street Ghaut was meaningful. It helped create awareness amongst pet owners on their responsibilities towards their pets. SPCA was able to meet and advise some pet owners in regards to vaccinations of their pets as well as their responsibility towards having their pets neutered so as not to allow the procreation of strays. SPCA appreciates the move to work with animal shelter NGOs in the island.


In August, we only had 6 adoptions comprising 1 cat and 5 dogs.


The 3 Tenor Concert at Komtar Auditorium A 5th Floor

19th & 20th Sept.15 - If you are one who loves concert, come support. Part of the proceeds will be given to SPCA. Kindly contact Penang Evergreen Arts Society to purchase your tickets.

4th October - World Animal Day

SPCA is organizing a Fellowhip Nite with all its members, friends, volunteers and supporters at KARAIKUDI RESTAURANT AT 20 MARKET STREET. Time: 7.30 p.m.

Come, meet all animal lover friends and share your experience of your life with your pets past and present.

This will be held on 19th Sept. at 9 a.m. sharp at the SPCA Premises.

One will never be bored volunteering at the SPCA especially working with animals. There are lots of activities you can choose from be it interacting with animals to cleaning of kennels and catteries.

If you think you have the time, do drop by at our volunteer briefing if you are a first timer to the shelter. Our paw friends will give you lots of fun.


The winning t-shirt design from our recent competition is now available at RM22/each walk-in price (also available for purchase at our online shop). We have:
  • red, blue, yellow and orange in ladies cut
  • white and black in regular cut.

SPCA would like to say 'Thank you' to the people who dropped by with their contribution of food and donations to help us maintain our services towards animal welfare. Also, to those who have maintained their renewal of kennel sponsorship for a year.

We are happy to report that dog Ada and cat Ginnie reported missing in August have both been reunited with their owners.

  • Pet food (dry for puppies & kittens)
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Multi-vitamins