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Issued: October 1, 2014

 

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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SPCA AWARENESS AND TALK ON RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP IN SCHOOLS

What better way can we begin than with Responsible Pet Ownership? In a span of 2 days, our new Education Officer Fang Kah Leong visited 12 primary schools to arrange for talks on awareness of SPCA work/activities and pet owners' responsibilities. Six schools have responded positively and talks will be conducted as scheduled. Some schools are too busy with their school curriculum while others would prefer to obtain permission from our Government's Education Department before acceptance. We thank the schools concerned mainly: Kwong Min Cawangan 1 Air Itam, Shih Chung Cawangan in Sg. Nibong, Sum Sun School, Beng Teik School, SRJK Moh Ghee Pusat & SRJK Keong Hoe for taking a step forward.

Talks at Kwong Min and Shih Chung Schools:

On 27th September, SPCA had the opportunity to be invited by Methodist Boys School Interact Club in Jalan Air Itam in conjunction with their Blood Donation Drive & Health Campaign. Though this topic is something different from our function, our presence was to promote responsible pet ownership and create awareness on the existence of SPCA to the students. Thanks to the Teacher Advisor, Puan Lily Wong, for giving us the chance to showcase SPCA.

 

'WE LEARN - RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP WORKSHOP' jointly partnered with Smartheart Perfect Companion Group

The holiday break at this time of the year wasn't a good time to conduct a workshop as most of the kids who signed up were off for their break or preparing for their exams. However, this had not dampened our spirits as we managed to conduct the workshop for 5 people ranges from 5 years to 21 years of age. The group had fun with the different animals from our usual dogs and cats. Others like hamsters, guinea pig, sugar gliders & a hedgehog were also brought in. Watch out for our following workshops for kids at the coming school break beginning 26th November until end December. This will only be carried out weekly on Wednesdays.
  
 

SURRENDERING OF ANIMALS, BE TRUTHFUL AND DON'T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
Many times SPCA is caught in a dilemma where pet owners request our service to pick up unwanted animals. Before considering giving your pet away, never do it on an impulse. Consult your family members and ensure they understand the problems faced. Dropping off your unwanted animal to a shelter can be a stressful experience for you and your pets. At times, it may be too late when one decides to reverse his/her decision, only to find that it's too late when the pet animal has already been euthanized. Below are reasons given by owners upon surrendering.

Naruto a male 2 year old Rottweiler was taken away for reasons that no one could handle him in the house as the dog is aggressive. Family members claimed that they cannot bond with the dog and water spray was used when bathing. This was indeed true as the SPCA Team had a tough time handling him.

In actual fact, this dog had been handled only by a 13 year old boy. Household members who fear the dog took the opportunity to call SPCA to have the dog taken away while the boy was away from home for a few days. On his return, he was told that the dog went missing instead.

His intelligence prompted him to send a message directly to SPCA reporting that he had lost a Rottweiler. To test his competence in handling Naruto, the owner was requested to attend our workshop for kids and demonstrate to SPCA team. He has proven it! Naruto was happily reunited with his owner. A lesson learnt, be truthful!

These two dogs, Tika & Tiko, were named by SPCA as the owners would not tell their names and age when surrendering. Their reason was that they would be leaving for overseas and that it was urgent for the dogs to be collected. SPCA was also threatened to collect or else the dogs would be dumped on the streets. The truth is the owners are not going anywhere. Tika was found having a tumor on her breast and both came in infested with ticks. SPCA had Tika spayed and the tumor removed. Vaccinations were initiated for both. Tika is an excellent dog with a very good character while Tiko was a little apprehensive. Over time, our kennel staff and volunteers were able to win him over. They were both found homes.

Tika & Tiko:
  
 

HAPPY HOMES
The SPCA Team has high hopes that every cat and dog saved and housed at the shelter can be rehomed. Unfortunately, this is not so as we understand that anyone who visits the shelter looking for a pet would like to choose or hope to find a 'dream dog/cat' to suit their lifestyle and environment.

Sadly, we can hardly get a 10% adoption of what we have collected/picked up/received. Most animals received by our team are in a bad condition and beyond rehoming. Skin diseased and/or problematic ones where other shelters will not accept often end up at SPCA.

Eleven happy homes for cats and dogs were found in September. For adoption, visit our adoption gallery at http://spca-penang.net/adoption-gallery/.
Meet some of our Stars for September:
  
  
 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
WORLD ANIMAL DAY - 5th October at the Japanese Garden in Persiaran Mas, Island Park, Green Lane

This is a reminder to all. Come, join us to celebrate this day and have fun with all animal lovers, friends and paws. Don't forget to support SPCA too as we have food and SPCA merchandise on sale.

With support from the Penang Dog Agility Association (PAA, Penang), there will be a dog parade, dog competition and dog tricks event. This can be a portal for pet owners to share their problems with members from the PAA regards to training etc.

Though dogs are allowed, we wish to remind that owners must have their dogs properly harnessed and leashed. Also, please be prepared to bring along plastic bags to pick up the 'poo' from your pet. For the safety of all, pets which are aggressive and/or on heat are not welcome.

VOLUNTEER BRIEFING DAY - This is scheduled for 18.10.14 at 9 a.m. sharp. We thank all volunteers who have made an effort to attend our volunteer briefing which is compulsory for all first timers.

  

2015 DESKTOP CALENDAR

Our 2015 calendars are now available. You can order online at our online shop, drop by during our opening hours or purchase at our World Animal Day event on October 5.

SPCA WISH LIST

  • Regular supply of dog/cat food preferably puppy food (a bag of 8kg puppy food is needed daily for breakfast)
  • A high pressure water pump for cleaning kennels and cattery at approx. cost RM1300
  • 2 tins x 18 litres White Emulsion Weather Shield paint for our kennels and cattery. Volunteers (preferably with at least some experience) who can help us paint our kennels and cattery. We have 33 kennels and a large cattery.

APPRECIATION

We thank our members, supporters and friends who have been regularly giving us support by way of cash and in kind to keep the society going without which we will not be able to maintain and function smoothly. SPCA TEAM THANKS YOU SINCERELY.