Friday, 22 October 2010

A Cosy World Animal Day at the SPCA Selangor Shelter

As indicated in an earlier post, SPCA Selangor observed World Animal Day on Sunday, 17th October 2010 with a candlelight vigil and educational activities at our shelter premises.

We did not expect a huge turnout, as it was not a high-budget or heavily promoted event, but we did hope to be able to attract some potential adopters and new volunteers, which would of course be of greater value to us than a turnout of thousands of youths who come for the refreshments and entertainment, as we had at the World Animal Day celebrations at the KL Tower in 2008.

I was not disappointed by the turnout. Our World Animal Day celebration was a cosy affair which attracted volunteers old and new, potential adopters, actual adopters and first-time visitors to the shelter, including my friends Louis and Anthony and their children.

Cheery banners outside our Shelter's back entrance invite visitors to celebrate World Animal Day with us.
(Photo credits: Amelie)

Tealight candles for our vigil are available for a donation of RM1.00 each, while animal-shaped pledge cards, which I designed, are given out to those who donate pet food to the Shelter, purchase merchandise or make a donation on the said day.
(Photo credit: Leonard)

Clinic assistant Murugan (in goofy-looking dalmation headgear), Shelter staff Thim and Animal Inspector Danny help to set up the educational exhibition board on the morning of the event.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

We usually tickwash dogs in this HDPE water tank, but just for today, it's a Pet Food Donation Bin. I scrubbed the tank clean, dried it with a towel and brought it to the front area to collect donated pet food in. I was in good spirits even after scrubbing and cleaning the shelter for the past 2-3 hours in anticipation of visitors.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

This one goes out to little Ralf. May you be reunited with the Mama of Kitties-In-Sydney at the Rainbow Bridge.

This one goes out to Selena, Sonja and Sasha, for Pat, who had loved them and continue to do so.

This one goes out to Scoop, who brought his human servants Ellen and Tom many years of joy.

Reve may not have been an animal, but I think she would have been pleased to find a candle lit for her on World Animal Day.

If I look sombre in this photo, it is because I was thinking of all the animals I have loved and lost.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

Flickering flames of hope, for our dear departed animal companions. For they are gone from our touch, but never our hearts.

The visitors we received on that day were mostly interested in either adopting a shelter animal or volunteering at the SPCA. We almost fell over ourselves trying to persuade them to do either or both.

My friend Sasha came over to help me prepare for and tidy up after the World Animal Day celebrations. The afternoon was a warm and calm one, and we had the opportunity to bathe and tickwash all the Sick Bay Dogs, while Leonard and several new volunteers bathed and tickwashed the dogs in the Maternity and Mummy Kennels.

Kenny is a new volunteer and is passionate about helping animals. I hope he comes to the Shelter more often.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

An enthusiastic little man signs one of our pledge cards to hang on our wish tree to express support for animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

My friend Louis watches his animal-loving daughter as she hangs her animal-shaped pledge card on the wish tree.
(Photo credits: Amelie)

My cat-shaped pledge card affirms companion animals' rights to medical treatment when necessary.

A young family takes the time to learn more about animal cruelty, the five freedoms of animals and the advantages of a vegetarian diet at our exhibition corner.
(Photo credits: MingChien)

I think I may have found the perfect co-coordinator for my Junior Animal Rangers Summer Camp next year! Leonard is a natural with children and animals.
(Photo credits: MingChien)

"Here's lookin' at you, kid!"
A cheeky dog winks at Leonard, while her companion on the left asks to be let out to play.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

It's time for refreshments. A friendly cat meowed for some cake, and I broke large chunks off my cupcake and shared them with him.
(Photo credits: Leonard)

They like it! Who says cats can't taste sugar? These lovely kitties want to have their cake and eat it too!
(Photo credits: Leonard)

It's time to clear up and call it a day. In the midst of cleaning, Nicole and I strike a pose to show support for animal rights and protection.
(Photo credits: MingChien)

Come do your bit for animal welfare, or take some time to get acquainted with our adorable adoptables at the SPCA animal shelter any day of the week! We are open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.!

SPCA Selangor Animal Shelter,
Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama,
68000 Ampang Jaya,


Cat-from-Sydney said...

From the bottom of our hearts - thank you for remembering Ralf. Mama was in tears when she saw the candle. Brad reminds her so much of Ralf. I'll be less cruel to him from now on. Congratulations to you and everyone at SPCA. Purrrlease continue to do all the good work. purrr....meow!

Ellen Whyte said...

Thanks for remembering Scoop, Ee Lynn. I never met Reeve but I think anyone would be proud to be in such good company!

Pat said...

Thank you for remembering my girls, Selena, Sonya and Sasha.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Dear Kitties-In-Sydney,
You are welcome, and Thank You to your Mama for all the kind and generous things she does for animals and humans alike.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Dear Ellen,
We will never forget Scoop. And I too agree that Reve would have been very happy to be in the company of such lovely furry ones.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Dear Pat,
I have never met Selena but I can see the loyalty, dignity and tenderness in her eyes. And you know I loved Sasha and Sonya. They led good and happy lives.

Unknown said...

Great Afford..
Good job guys..

louis said...

I recalled your post about Reve when I saw your candle lit in her honor. It was a moving memorial.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Thank you for your kind comment and support, Jamiel!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Thanks for coming over, and for remembering Reve, Louis. The mystery of Reve's death remains unsolved, but I still believe the truth will come out one day.

Unknown said...

Great work everyone! Glad the response was encouraging too. I was also touched by the candle for Reve. So much to remember her for.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Thank you for coming by, dear Keats! The response was reasonably good, and I was happy that we attracted the right kind of visitors. Reve's presence is very strong at the shelter. How could we ever forget her?

ashwiini said...

I can't wait to go to the spca center.i am excited to help out