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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Woman surrenders 40 cats to SPCA, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur

The staff at SPCA Selangor were floored when a woman in her 30’s walked in and surrendered 40 cats and kittens to the organisation’s Animal Shelter & Adoption Centre. Ms Siti (not her real name) had rented a medium-sized lorry to transport her pet cats to the centre. She said that she really loved that cats and took care of them like they were her children, but could not afford to take care of them any longer as she is going through financial difficulties. “The cats were clean and appeared to be in good health, but were alarmed and frightened because of the stress of traveling and entering into an unfamiliar environment,” said SPCA Office Manager Chelvy Mageswaran. “We’ve had owners who surrendered many cats before, but this is by far the highest amount of cats surrendered at one go by one person,” she continued.

In an attempt to re-home the adult cats, the organization is having an adoption promotion for Ms Siti’s cats as well as some of the other feline residents at SPCA. The adult cats (above 1 year old) can be adopted at RM40, inclusive of one vaccination, de-worming & compulsory neutering. “Ms Siti’s case highlights the importance of spaying and neutering our companion animals. Left unneutered, one female cat and one male cat can be the source of up to 20,736 cats and kittens in just 4 years,” comments SPCA Chairperson Christine Chin. “Neutering is an affordable, effective and long-term solution to the cat and dog overpopulation crisis. The truth is, this simple operation can save millions of unwanted animals from being born,” she continues.

In collaboration with DBKL, the organisation have been running Klinik Kembiri, a dedicated, non-profit spay-neuter clinic in Setapak. The clinic targets lower-income pet owners and people who care for homeless animals in their neighbourhoods. “It’s a race against time; please neuter your pets and community animals immediately – or they will be breeding 2 to 3 times a year, producing puppies and kittens that will meet their ends on the streets or in the already overcrowded animal shelters” Chin urges.

The SPCA Selangor Animal Shelter & Adoption Centre is located at Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, 68000 Ampang Jaya. The Centre is open to visitors from 9am-4pm everyday, including weekends and public holidays. For more information, please call 03-42565312/ 42535179/ 42535312 or send an e-mail to spca@streamyx.com.




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