One of Malaysians’ biggest soft spots is definitely our love for animals. Though that statement cannot apply to everyone, of course, considering the fair share of animal cruelty news we hear from time to time. Well, we always find bad apples in a barrel right? I am sure that whenever we are eating out at street side stalls, we will purposely drop scraps or leftover of our food to the furkids if they are brushing across our legs underneath the table for attention. How can anyone resist that pair of cute, innocent eyes and the long face? It comforts our kind-hearted souls and makes us feel good when the furkid looks up at us like we’re their life saviour, silently asking for more.
Not all heroes wear capes, and some go to great lengths to prove it. For starters, the Selangor government actually established a neutering subsidy programme, managed by Paws, with a fund of RM150,000, to control the breeding habits of pets and strays. This programme has granted subsidies to almost 2,000 furry friends. Besides that, spaying your pets will actually give them more health benefits and prevent territorial fighting. There are also a number of compassionate souls running shelters for these furry friends, a place where they can call their safe haven, through public donation and self-fund. At least, the furry companions have all their basic necessities figured out before they can find a forever home with the help of lady luck.
There are many charitable and passionate people who take matters into their own hands by saving as many furkids as possible, within their capability, when they are spotted on the streets. These anonymous heroes who rescue, help and treat these furry companions without expecting anything in return are truly blessings. If everything goes smoothly, they can be the furkids’ forever home. If a penny saved is a penny earned, then a furkid saved is definitely another furkid safe right? If you do have any furry companions, please take a good care of them. Once you take ownership of them, they’re part of your family. They may be just a small part of your life, but to them, you’re everything, their entire life, their world. Do a research of their needs, spend time with them and do your best for them.
In order to make the world a better place, especially for these innocent furry companions who are of high potential to be our best friends, we need to start within ourselves. The first step is to adopt instead of buying because there are millions of furkids entering animal shelters annually and doing this will be a great help to decrease the numbers as you shower them with your love while giving them a forever home. Pedigrees usually go through a cruel process and if there’s no demand, illegal breeders will be forced out of business. Not to mention, they usually cost a fortune too. Refrain from using any products that support animal testing or exploitation. You might think it doesn’t work this way, that the world doesn’t change just because you start changing, but I beg to differ. If you’ve heard of many a little makes a mickle, then you will know what I mean. Kindness is almost always a domino effect, one good thing you do will inspire others to do the same. Though if you’re not in a position of such responsibility, you can always donate or support NGOs like AnimalCare where volunteers come together for the welfare of animals.