When we think about members of society that are left out or marginalized, we tend to think about other human beings. Yet, in a country where injured and abused dogs and cats are a common sight, it’s our responsibility to recognize that animals are a part of our society, and we need to protect them from harm.
Therefore, Do Something Good would like to give a shout out to a few animal welfare organisations that are doing an excellent job in protecting and rescuing our fellow unfortunate feline and canine friends.
Paws Mission (Second Chance)
Paws Mission, also known as Second Chance as of January 2013, is an animal shelter that is currently taking care of roughly 300 canines and felines.With a limited staff, it is difficult for Second Chance to attend to each and every one of the animals as well as they would like to. Therefore, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities for all you animal lovers out there!
1) Bathe the dogs. Groomers are more than welcome to give these well-deserving dogs a makeover.
2) Clean the surroundings. It is important to maintain the hygiene of the surroundings in order to prevent animals from contacting skin diseases.
3) Walk the dogs. Due to the large number of animals in the shelter, it is a L-U-X-U-R-Y for dogs to have walks!
Alternatively, you can contact them at +6016-332 3382 or email them at [email protected]
Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB)
MDDB is not to be mistaken as an animal shelter. It is, rather, an animal rescue organisation. They rescue on average a total of 30 puppies, kittens, pregnant and injured animals on a monthly basis. MDDB believes in the act of Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), a humane method that aims to reduce the number of feral animals in the society by neutering and releasing it to a safe environment.
Once they are nursed back to health, an adoption drive will be held. There are plenty of hands-on volunteering opportunities during MDDB’s adoption drive.
1) Help to handle the puppies and dogs (ensure that they do not run out of the play pen)
2) Maintaining the cleanliness of the play pen
3) Fostering (Usually for a duration of 1-2 weeks)
TIP: Fostering is a fun and excellent form of volunteering for MDDB as it provides MDDB with more room for more rescues!
If you are interested in giving them a helping hand, you can drop by their adoption drive and inform the helpers that you would like to assist them.
For more information, please contact them at +6012-250 1497 or alternatively, visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter for notifications of their next adoption drives.
Katzen Cat Sanctuary
Katzen Cat Sanctuary is a young animal welfare organisation dedicated to saving felines. As of now, Katzen has a total of 80 cats under their wings, which include badly injured cats that are under intensive treatment. Being a young organisation and having so many treatments to cover, Katzen requires a huge amount of public support.
Right now, Katzen is in a middle of a move from Sungai Buloh to Shah Alam. However, once everything is set in place, volunteers are greatly encouraged to give a helping hand.
1) Help to handle kittens and adult cats during adoption drives
Requirement: Volunteer has to have the experience with handling cats
2) Cleaning the cages and the compound
Requirement: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own cleaning materials eg. Gloves
Also, if you want to help a cat out but it is inconvenient for you to bring one back, you can always choose to SPONSOR a cat! By sponsoring a cat, you will not only save a life but you will also help to reduce the financial burden of Katzen. That is equivalent to helping two parties with one deed! If you fellow volunteers or animal lovers are interested in showing them your support, please visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/KatzenCatSanctuary for more information and notifications of their upcoming events. Alternatively, you can contact them at +6012-203 2145 or drop them an email at [email protected]
SPCA Selangor is an animal shelter based in Ampang Jaya that was established since 1958. Over the years, the shelter has gained various recognition for its noble acts toward animals. Since the reconstruction of its shelter in November 2013, SPCA Selangor has successfully re-homed an average total of 300 felines and canines. The shelter collaborated with DBKL to set up a low-cost neuter clinic to promote the prevention of excessive births. By doing so, other animal welfare organisations can enjoy the benefit of affordable neutering services.
Being established for a few decades, SPCA Selangor offers volunteering opportunities beyond the animal shelter compound.
1) Animal Shelter
- Kennel cleaning
- Preparing and serving meals
- Give the deserving dogs bath
- Walking the dogs
2) SPCA Selangor Marketing and Communication Department
- Brainstorm for upcoming campaigns
- Redesign media related materials eg. Posters and flyers
- Photography for the webpage photo gallery
3) Charity events
- Setting booths up
- Merchandise sales
If you are interested in supporting SPCA Selangor, please visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/SPCASelangor or their main website www.spca.org.my for more information. Alternatively, you can contact them at +603-4256 5312 or drop them an email at [email protected]
Not interested in volunteering? What about donating?
These organizations rely on public donations. You can donate money or physical items. Most of the organisations are in need of:
1) Dog kibble
2) Dog shampoo
3) Newspapers (As beddings for the cage)
4) Anti-bacteria cleaning detergents and washing materials (Eg: Clorox, gloves)
6) Dog bowls (Made from metal preferably)
7) Play pens
8) Goats milk for puppies
9) Cat litters
10) Heavy duty trash bags
Remember that animals are not much different from us. They too have emotions, feelings, and a hunger for compassion. We hope to see you out there volunteering with these fantastic organizations!