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Saturday, February 10, 2007

ANIMAL RESCUE & CARE PROJECT

Came across this article in the Star. Thank you for caring!

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Group starts animal rescue and care project


KUANTAN: A group of animal lovers in Kuantan has initiated a Kuantan Animal Rescue and Education (KARE) project with the aim of rescuing and caring for abandoned and stray animals.
The group hopes to promote and nurture a kind and caring society by getting the public to participate in its activities including a fund-raising event and an Open Day.

According to KARE treasurer Erlinda Yap, she and her friends had been toying with the idea of a shelter for abandoned and stray animals for a few years.

“One of us, Dr Bhajan Singh, who is a veterinarian, suggested that we work under the Association for Sustainable Kuantan, and things began to fall into place,” she said when met at her office here recently.

Helping needy animals: One of the animal shelters at Geha Bodhi in Kuantan. --Picture courtesy of KAREYap said they later learned that a Buddhist group, Geha Bodhi, had a shelter for animals at Batu 12, Jalan Gambang, here.

“We decided to adopt the place and are now working with Geha Bodhi to manage the shelter.
“It is located on 0.8ha and is sufficient to take care of 23 adult dogs and seven puppies,” she added.

At the shelter, the animals were provided with food and basic veterinary care, she said.
“There are a few volunteers including a veterinarian and a pet grooming shopowner who will come on a weekly basis to give basic veterinary care and grooming.

“If we have enough funds, we plan to neuter the animals,” Yap said.

Yap said although KARE was managing an animal shelter, the public should not treat it as a dumping ground.

On expenses needed to run the shelter, Yap said it cost RM50 a month to feed and pay for basic medication and veterinary care for each animal.

“We call for support from the public and companies, be it in kind or cash.

“Milk is one of the items we need to feed puppies,” she added.

The shelter also needed volunteers to care for the animals and those interested could sign up as members, Yap said.


For details, call Fatimah Hashim (secretary) at 012-968 6284.


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