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SPCA KK gives voice to the voiceless

The SPCA KK temporary warehouse shelter in Lok Kawi. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
The SPCA KK temporary warehouse shelter in Lok Kawi. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

KINARUT – One pet can be a handful if it is sick.

Imagine taking care of more than 100 cats and dogs with half of them needing intensive care.

It is not an easy task and one need to be resilient and patient when taking care of these animals.

After the tragic flood incidents that hit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK) last October; out of curiosity SayangSabah team went to have a visit to their new temporary warehouse shelter located in Lok Kawi.

Cute and adorable rescued puppies. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Cute and adorable rescued puppies. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

Heart-wrenching! It was not as conducive from the previous shelter at Lomunu Penampang. However the shelter personnel said that it was better than nothing.

“Here in Lok Kawi it is much safer and suitable compared to the one we had in penampang because of the flood situation. We get worried every time it rains,” she said.

According to the shelter’s personnel who wished to be anonymous, SPCA KK has been around for sometime where it was officially registered in 2006.

“Due to lack of funding the society had to fully rely on the goodwill of individuals, business establishments and volunteers for our operation to run; especially on having our own space for the shelter,” she said.

More than 80 dogs need some love and care in the SPCA shelter Lok Kawi. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
More than 80 dogs need some love and care in the SPCA shelter Lok Kawi. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

She explained further SPCA function was to stop animal abuse and give shelter to these animals.

“Maybe some people are curious to know what exactly this society is all about. We are not a business organisation.”

“People see us as a place to keep all the stray animals and even worst some of this so-called owners throw away their pets to us; which is irresponsible,” she said.

She pointed out that the public need to have a sense of awareness and have empathy towards these animals.

SPCA KK need any help or   form of contribution from the public. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
SPCA KK need any help or form of contribution from the public. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

“It is very sad to think that we human being see these animals as just “animals”.

“They don’t see them as God creatures with feelings and can be hurt,” she said.

She also stated that for some reasons SPCA is always at the bottom of the charity lists.

“Because we handle animals; it doesn’t mean that it is not important. I believe in second chances and I believe there is still humanity in this world,” she said.

More than 40 cats available for adoptions. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
More than 40 cats available for adoptions. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

Meanwhile, SPCA KK is urgently looking for a piece of land to built a permanent shelter. Their lease in Lok Kawi will end this coming October.

“We hope people will come forward to find homes for the animals. They deserve to have a comfortable place of their own,” she said.

For those who wish to contribute or to know more about adoption and fosters programme, get in touch with the SPCA KK team by email – [email protected] or call 013-856 9100. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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