A group of concerned dog lovers has set up a half-way home for abandoned puppies. IN conjunction with World Animal Day today, canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) is launching its shelter for destitute and abandoned puppies. The MDDB project was initiated by non-governmental organisation Community Development and Integration Initiative (CDII) last year. CDII director Firoza Buranudeen said a shelter in Klang was urgently needed due to the large number of puppies rescued almost daily. “We had nowhere to put them and we felt that veterinary clinics were not safe enough for unvaccinated puppies,” she said. Since the project depends solely on donations, Firoza is appealing to the public to help out so that the shelter can continue to operate. “Our expenses are high as we have to pay RM35 for the first vaccination for each puppy as well as veterinary care. Some of the puppies have many health problems,” she explained. MDDB, said Firoza, also has to raise money to pay monthly rental of RM600 for the house as well as an additional RM500 monthly for the caretaker who cleans up after the pups, bathes and feeds them. “We are currently running on our reserves which will be depleted in a week or so and we are hoping that members of the public will come to our aid,” she said. Firoza also hopes there will be offers of sponsorship for their overhead costs. MDDB welcomes donations in kind such as rice, dog shampoo, old towels, puppy food and chew toys. She said the puppies are fed dry food in the morning and rice cooked with chicken and vegetables in the evening. “We also need to supplement their food with vitamins – being born to stray mothers, the puppy’s immune systems are usually very weak,” said Firoza.
"Animals are now more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us."- Matthew Scully in Dominion
I am a nice doggie who lives in Klang with my mummy Lily and sister Shalini Kiki-Mae as well as my human companions. I am also the official representative for the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better project which is a canine welfare initiative spearheaded by non-profit outfit Community Developement and Integration Initiative (CDII). I enjoy my job but wish I could participate in protests and rescue missions as well. However, my human tells me that I best stay back and manage this blog. Sigh!
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for all those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful. -Albert Schweitzer
OUR NEVERENDING APPEAL
since our rescue work is continuous - our appeal for funds is also continuous. Therefore, we appeal to you to save your loose change and send it our way - as every cent received ensureas that dogs are rescued, neutered, vaccinated and rehomed. So we appeal to you to continue supporting us in order for us to help the voiceless.
Those who want to donate could do so by making out cheques in favour off:
Cheques in favour of:
Community Development and Integration Initiative Bhd (654290-T)
and mail it to:
c/o No 48, Jalan Jeriji U8/75C, Bukit Jelutong, 40150, Shah Alam, Selangor.
Or bank into:
Community Development and Integration Initiative Bhd