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SPCA Penang Monthly Newsletter
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Edition: September 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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MISSING PETS - WHY A REWARD SHOULD NOT BE OFFERED!

 

Almost daily we receive calls and messages regarding abandoned/lost & found pets/missing pets and the list goes on. Recently, we also noted that pet owners are in favor of offering a reward for lost pets if found. SPCA is not in favor of putting this kind of offer in posters/fliers exhibited for clear reasons that:

1. One will be encouraged to steal pets in the neighborhood.
2. The reward offered at times may not be favorable and the culprit will make demands at their convenience.
3 One can be threatened and you will not be able to lodge a report to the authorities concerned should it not work out in your favor.

To avoid this, most importantly we advise pet owners to exercise good control of their pets which is part and parcel of responsible pet ownership. Generally when queried, the majority of pet owners report something related to:

a) Owners carelessly leaving their door/gate ajar and pet dashes out and never comes back.
b) Never leave your pet with someone when you go away even for a short while unless your pet is familiar with that person and the surroundings. Get your pet boarded at a reliable boarding place to avoid stress, both to you and your pet.
c) Owners allow their pet to roam freely and expect their pets to come back on their own after toileting. Do practice taking your dog out on a leash.

Any pet seen roaming without wearing a license is deemed to be a stray. Any member of the public has the right to call the authorities concerned to have the dog picked up/taken away unless one can prove ownership in the form of having a microchip inserted. Even if there is an identity, it does not mean that pets can be left to roam as at times your pet animal may cause a nuisance to the public. Further, this experience can be traumatic for you and your pet.

Snippets from recent lost dog fliers we have been asked to circulate:

 

ADOPTION HIGHLIGHTS
In August, our adoption of animals at the shelter was on the down side. We only had 4 dogs and 1 cat adopted.

   

   

We made a follow up with one of our adoptees "Norrie" who was adopted in February. This is the adoption tale of Norrie.

Our aunt visited and adopted Norrie from the SPCA and she became our pet. Our lives changed as we had no experience in caring for a dog. Norrie was uncomfortable and nervous when she first came in. She was particularly quiet and never barked. The thought on our minds was that she could be a dumb dog. After that, we began to introduce ourselves and spend time with her daily. Slowly, she gets used to us, and we were very surprised to hear her first bark. Hooray, at last she barked!! Haha!

She is very sensible; she is a clean dog where she will excrete only on the newspapers. After adopting Norrie, we learnt a lot of things. We learnt to bathe her, take her to the vet for her vaccination and trained her to defecate. We are unaware of all these responsibilities about keeping a pet.

Time flies, we are now used to living with a pet animal. Our home is filled with happiness whenever we hear her bark and see her gestures. Sometimes we feel annoyed and reprimand her when she bites our shoes! We feel grateful for her arrival cos' we learnt a lot of the things which we haven't done before.

Instead of buying one, please adopt from the shelter as you are saving a life. We hope that everyone can support SPCA Penang's Adoption Campaign. Thank you.

Norrie at left now:

When she came to us in January at left and when she was adopted in February at right:

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Pets Fiesta at Straits Quay - 9th September, 2017 - 10.30 a.m. till 8.30 p.m.

Straits Quay Retail Marina will be organizing a 'Pets Fiesta'. Purpose is to educate and create awareness with the public on animal welfare. SPCA will give a talk on 'Buddy Adoption Sharing' around 6 p.m. Sale of SPCA merchandise will be organized. Please come and support.

'Cut for Charity' at SPICE Arena Bayan Lepas - 10th September, 2017 - 3-6 p.m.

Time for a haircut? Head straight to SPICE Arena on Sunday 10th September. Penang Green Council and Greenxagon Marketing Sdn. Bhd together with Professional Hairstylists are organizing a fundraising activity for SPCA 'Cut for Charity' at its Penang Green Council International Carnival. This Charity Haircut will be conducted from 3-6 p.m. only. Vouchers at RM20 per haircut can be purchased at the SPCA too. Proceeds from this fundraising activity will be donated to SPCA Penang. See you there!

Syiok Sendiri 7: Halloween Spooktacular! - 15th October, 2017 - 8.30 p.m.

Make a Date with us on Sunday 15 October 2017. Time: 8.30 p.m. Venue: Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac), Straits Quay.

Admission: Minimum donation of RM30 per person. We have limited tickets, so please book early to avoid disappointment. SPCA would like to thank Mr. John S de Silva, our sponsor for the tickets.

 

EDUCATIONAL VISITS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
International Homeless Animals Day

The International Homeless Animals Day was commemorated on 19.8.17 with an Open Day from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. Our office hours were extended with the hope to allow more people to be able to visit the shelter perhaps to adopt animals. No adoption was closed on that day.

We had the company of Rosie Lim and her dogs to entertain the crowd with their performance. SPCA gratefully thanks Rosie for her support. We hope everyone present enjoyed the dog show.

The winners of the SPCA Fun Photo Contest were revealed. The judges had a hard time selecting the first 3 winners as they were selected based on the theme: My Pet, My Best Friend. Our grateful appreciation to Perfect Companion Group which sponsored RM600 worth of pet food SMARTHEART and to Kok Wah Studio for the photo frames.

   

Students Visit from British School Kuala Lumpur

Five students from the British School Kuala Lumpur have asked to be offered a place to perform their community service at SPCA Penang. It is indeed admirable for them to fly all the way just to perform their service to the shelter for 3 days 23rd till 25th August. We sincerely hope they enjoyed their stay and have good memories of Penang while working with us and our furry friends.

   

Educational Community Service by Information Technology Students, Segi College

Some 9 Segi College Information Technology Students Diploma 2015 had a field day working at the shelter. They started their morning with us helping with the breakfast feeding, cleaning kennels, deticking dogs, maintaining and cleaning the dog exercise area and interacting with all the animals individually. Their day was also filled with an introductory talk on SPCA followed by a better understanding of SPCA's policies on why, how and when euthanasia is carried out at SPCA. A donation was also received from the students. SPCA says THANK YOU to all involved and hope they had a memorable day working at the shelter.

   

   

Girl Guides Service Day

On August 30, three Girl Guides from Convent Green Lane visit to work with the animals.

    

 

SPCA VOLUNTEER BRIEFING ANNOUNCEMENT
As our office will be closed on 16th September in celebration of Malaysia Day, our next volunteer briefing for the month will be moved to the fourth Saturday - 23rd September, 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.

 

WISH LIST FOR SEPTEMBER
Should you ever want to donate, please add below the items on your shopping list or give us a call to find out more on the things we need.

SPCA TEAM Thank you.