By Serena Mui

One holiday season has come and gone and another is just around the corner. Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to get back to “real life” and its usual demands. While trying to “get on with life” many of us forget the less fortunate, and I don’t only mean the people in society who are less privileged. I am particularly referring to animals.

I would like to take this opportunity to point out to as many people as possible who are willing to listen…that it’s not just humans who suffer from unfortunate circumstances, but the animal kingdom does too. When was the last time you took a drive around Ipoh, or anywhere else for that matter and did not see a poor stray, trying to live through another day. Feeling sorry for these poor creatures is normal, and sometimes, there is even disgust as you view these poor creatures as dirty and disease ridden. But stop and ask yourself, exactly what have you done about making life better for another…especially these animals. Did you just view these poor creatures with pity and then moved on to have your favourite bowl of curry noodles, nasi lemak, roti canai, or did you ponder, on just what you could do about this sad situation for a few minutes, and then move on to your meal, effectively doing nothing for these creatures until you see the next stray and the whole cycle repeats itself.

I am sorry to say, most of our reactions would simply be, just to pity these animals and that’s it. There are only a select few who take it upon themselves to try and make a difference in the lives of these poor creatures. Of course these ‘angels’ are not able to reach each and every poor animal but they try all the same. The ISPCA is doing their bit to help but without the public’s continuous support very little can be done, thus allowing for only a small percentage of animals to live out their days in relative comfort and love.

Therefore, I am asking anyone and everyone, who has an inclination to help but don’t really know just how and what they can do, to make an effort to donate either money or their time and love, to make this world a better place for all these poor and often forgotten creatures. Don’t just say “poor thing” and move on!

For those who are interested in giving these poor unfortunate creatures a safe and happy home, this too can be arranged. Although the ISPCA is keen to find good homes for these lovely pets, they will extend a helping hand in getting the pets settled into their new environment, so you and your pet won’t feel alone during this adjustment period. If there are any problems during this adjustment period, the team will be more than happy to address any of your questions as best as they can. There are currently 230 dogs in need of a good and loving home. Ms Katharina and her colleagues who are all volunteers, are just a phone call away.

In the end, all everybody really wants is to help give these beautiful friendly pets a happy life in a loving home.

Address:  Lot 38642, 4 ½ Miles Stone, Jalan Gopeng 31300, Ipoh, Perak.
Mailing Add:  P.O. Box 316, 30740, Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan
HP No:  017 683 0400 (please note – this number is only for those interested in adopting a pet).
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