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The Gift of Kindness

Tan Sri Jeyaratnam with Bella found in the Canning Garden market

Quietly and with little fanfare, a small animal welfare group known as Noah’s Ark Ipoh has been doing a magnificent job taking care of stray animals in Ipoh. The brainchild of well known veterinarian Dr Ranjit Kaur, Noah’s Ark has been rescuing, treating, neutering, feeding and finding adoptees or releasing the animals.

The spirit and compassion of the group is best epitomised by two sisters, Jayamalar and Ratnamalar Jeyaratnam, who work ceaselessly to rescue and feed the strays they come across in Ipoh.

As the saying goes, ‘Like Father like son’, in this case, daughters; it is Tan Sri Jeyaratnam who has imbued the two girls with their love of animals and they are carrying on the tradition established by their father who was and is the ‘King’ rescuer of strays in Ipoh.

Ipoh Echo spoke to Tan Sri at his office in the venerable Turf Club on his love of animals and the upcoming fundraiser for Noah’s Ark on October 26.

Gentle and affable, Tan Sri relates many anecdotes on his encounters with strays. “About 12 years ago, I was in my car driving along when I saw a dog lying across the middle of Thompson Road. Convinced that its was dead, I got out of the car to carry the body to the side of the road so it wouldn’t be run over. To my surprise it sat up when I approached and looked at me with the most twinkly eyes I have ever seen. I promptly took it in my car and brought it back to the Turf Club where it has been all these years. Twinkle, as we called him, died a month ago of old age having been happy here and getting along well with all the other strays which I have picked up over the years. They are fed and housed here on the Turf Club premises.”

When asked how many strays he has at home, he smiled as he reminisced, “I have lost count over the years but currently we have five cats and five dogs. The latest dog was the puppy of a dog Jaya used to feed near the Turf Club and when she discovered one day that she had a puppy, she brought the dog home with the puppy and nursed the mother with the puppy till the puppy was independent. We have called the puppy  Valentino as he came to us on Valentine’s day. The mother, alas, has chosen to go back to her playmate on the streets and we continue to feed them. Such is the constant  activity in our home. I never know what I’ll find at home when I return from work. It’s wonderfully lively and loving.”

Jaya with the stray Bo Pee and her new pup Valentino; Bo Pee has chosen to live a life as a stray but is being fed everyday

“My late wife was the same. Although she had never known dogs before she married me, she became besotted with them and would bring food with her to feed one particular stray whom she would encounter on her walks by Kinta River. Her devotion to her own dogs was so complete that she would forgo travelling with me or even social engagements for fear that the dogs might be lonely! The only functions I could persuade her to attend were the royal ones and even then she would keep looking at the clock and nudging for me to go home,” he added.

Noah’s Ark has rescued and neutered over 2000 strays since its inception in September 2009 and about 70 per cent of these have been adopted. Abused, injured, pregnant and nursing mothers are also picked up and treated. The problem they are facing is not having a shelter to board and treat these poor animals until such time as they are fit for release or adoption. Also the costs for treatment, boarding, feeding, vaccinations and neutering are solely dependent on donations from the generosity of the public. Hence the need to raise funds for the society.

On Saturday October 26, a fund raiser has been planned for this purpose. An entertaining evening is promised with exquisite finger food in a serene setting inside the Kepura Cave in the Lost World of Tambun at 7.30pm.

For more information, call: Dr Ranjit 019-556 8292; Malika Ramiah Oates 017‑575 1556 or email: noahsarkipoh@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/groups/noahsarkipohcattery.


Dog 6 Months in Manhole, Rescued

Victor Oates with rescued dog

A dog, which had fallen into an uncovered manhole and remained trapped for six months, was rescued after all attempts to get the authorities’ help had failed. Cold and lonely, it had survived on the kindness of the residents in the area, who regularly lowered food into the manhole.

No one knew when the year-old Miniature Pinscher fell into the manhole at the back lane of Cempaka Sari 4, in Taman Cempaka. Its barking, months ago, had attracted the attention of the residents. Some kind soul then tied a plastic container  (pic) for the residents to fill food and lower into the manhole for the dog.

Its plight came to the notice of an animal welfare NGO, Noah’s Ark Ipoh, last week. An animal rescuer, Victor Oates immediately went to the scene. Using a pole with a loop attached to it, he successfully brought the dog to the surface. “It is now being boarded and treated by Noah’s Ark,” said Oates, a 66-year-old retired gas engineer. “If not for the kindness and ingenuity of the neighbours, the dog could not have survived this long.”

Oates, who had taken on the role of a rescuer of animals in distress, has been taking on the task seriously for the last four years. “Since I have retired, I decided to take on the role and have found great pleasure in helping the poor animals,” he added.

All animals that have been rescued are neutered and treated. If no home can be found for them, they are later released at the locations where they were found.

On the claim by the Ipoh city council that it is “not practical” to adopt humane methods to overcome the problem of stray animals, Oates says that it all comes down to “dollars and cents”. “The city council probably finds it cheaper to pay for a bullet,” he said.

Jerry Francis