Friday, November 25, 2005



THE SPCA needs your help. For almost 50 years, this independently-run shelter has been there, helping countless number of neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Selflessly, the committee, staff and volunteers have toiled just so ones without the gift of speech would have a place to go, to be fed, cared for and loved until a new home is found.
Now, it is your turn to do something for the shelter that has run into some trouble.
For years, the SPCA has battled problems of inadequate funding, space and manpower. In spite of these problems, the spirit of the people behind the SPCA has prevailed, and it has managed to achieve so much, especially successful adoptions of unwanted animals.
Now, the SPCA might lose the land it rests on.
The small patch of land that it operates on in Ampang Jaya, Selangor, isn’t its own but is on lease from the Selangor government. The land, however, is under threat of being sold to property developers.
This means that the SPCA --- with its hundreds of cats and dogs --- face eviction.
Apparently, an alternative location has been offered --- in Putrajaya. If the SPCA has to move all the way there, it is unlikely that people with unwanted animals will bother to drive all the way over there to hand them over. What will happen, in all likelihood, is that there will be an increase in stray cat and dog populations all over the city when people dump their unwanted animals.
The SPCA is looking to raise funds to buy its own plot of land, where it will be free from interference. It also needs more funds to maintain the shelter and its residents.
Currently, it costs about RM50,000 a month to keep things going --- which include the cost of feeding the animals, medical bills and staff salaries. The shelter receives more than 1,000 animals each month. Many have to be put down because of the inadequate funds and space.
We need the SPCA to carry on functioning as an animal shelter. We need the SPCA to continue its awareness work on animal rights issues. We need the SPCA to continue campaigning for penalties to be increased, and people who do wrong by animals are duly punished. We need the SPCA, and it is our duty to step in and help the shelter that has helped so many animals.
So what can you do?
· Check out for ideas on what you can do to help, from volunteering, to making donations.
· Neuter your pets.
· Adopt a pet from the SPCA instead of buying a pedigree from a pet store.
· Do not abandon your pet.

The SPCA is located at:Jalan Kerja Air Lama,68000 Ampang. Selangor. Malaysia.Tel: (03) 4256-5312, 4253-5179Fax: (03) 4252-8382E-mail: every day from 9am to 4pm)

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