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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Charity Profile
SPCA Selangor is an animal welfare organisation based in Ampang Jaya, Selangor. The aim of the SPCA is to protect defenseless animals and to alleviate their suffering. We receive more than 700 unwanted, homeless or abused animals every month. We provide an adoption program, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to community animal caregivers and run a dedicated, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic. We also lobby the Government and local municipals for humane treatment of animals and harsher penalities for perpetrators of crimes against animals. Founded in 1958, SPCA is a well-respected and trusted Non-Profit Organisation. Over the years, the organisation has gained tremendous goodwill, recognition and support from animal lovers all over Malaysia
The 6 Key Pillars of SPCA Selangor:
1. SPCA Animal Shelter & Adoption Centre
Members of the public are encouraged to adopt animals from the SPCA. The adoption fee includes de-worming, vaccination and compulsory neutering (sterilization). SPCA receives 7,000 animals per annum and re-homes 1,200 spayed/ neutered dogs and cats each year. All potential adopters are interviewed and advised, and should be agreeable to home visits by SPCA Selangor staff. The shelter is open to visitors everyday, 9am to 4pm, including weekends and public holidays. Two drivers are on hand to attend to animal rescues and emergency pick ups e.g. injured or drowning animals.
SPCA Animal Inspectors investigate complaints relating to animal abuse or neglect everyday, and work closely with the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) to monitor these cases and assist with confiscation of animals and prosecution. The identities of complainants are kept confidential, to encourage more people to come forward and report such cases.
3. Humane Education
Thousands of school children visit SPCA Selangor every year. Our Humane Education Program aims to create awareness, empower and motivate people to be agents of change to improve animal welfare in their communities. Visiting students are given a presentation, education packs and a tour of the shelter. They also can help to clean the animal enclosures and cages and feed, walk, bathe and socialize the animals. SPCA Selangor also actively goes out for outreach work in schools, pet events and shopping centres.
4. Klinik Kembiri
KK is a highly-successful high-volume, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic set up by SPCA in collaboration with DBKL. As of Sept 2008 - 10,500 cats and dogs had been neutered, preventing the births of an estimated 20 million animals since its inception in 2003.
5. Government Lobbying
SPCA meets regularly with the DVS to lobby for effective animal welfare legislation, building more Klinik Kembiris and humane stray animal control and management of Municipal Pounds. SPCA Selangor also actively lobbied and succeeded in keeping the trade-ban on macaques firmly in place, when the government announced plans to export the animals for consumption and bio-medical research overseas. Currently, SPCA is also lobbying for a ban on cat and dog meat consumption in Malaysia.
6. MissionHELP: Helping People Help Animals
With this outreach arm, our organisation is working to improve the lives of animals beyond our reach through dedicated animal rescuers - individuals and groups - to promote better welfare for homeless animals. SPCA Selangor provides highly or fully subsidised food, vaccination and spay/neuter costs for Good Samaritans who are caring for stray animals in their communities. Focus areas include Jalan Kuching, Subang Jaya Industrial Park, Ampang Wet Market, Air Panas Market, Seremban and Petaling Jaya.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Volunteer Information
There are many volunteer duties at the animal shelter - these include the morning sessions of kennel cleaning, helping to prepare and serve meals to the animals, kennel guides (assisting the public when choosing an animal), socializing the animals, and general housekeeping duties. Experienced dog handlers may also assist with walking the dogs, bathing and grooming them.
Volunteer work starts at 9am everyday, up to 4pm. Individuals and smaller groups of up to 5 people can drop by for volunteer work anytime, however we require bigger groups to inform us of their intended visit beforehand (for easier coordination, maximum group size is 15 pax). Please call Ms Chelvy at 42565312/ 42535179 to book your visit, or send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, teacher or guardian above 18 years of age.
Dress Code & Precious Belongings
All volunteers are urged to dress appropriately, and bring a spare change of clothes as there is a high chance of getting your clothes wet or soiled while at the shelter! Cotton t-shirts with shorts/ long pants are recommended, as well as covered rubber shoes. SPCA will provide a room or locker for volunteers to store their belongings temporarily, but please keep your valuables e.g. wallets, cameras, handphones on you at all times. A waistpouch is convenient for this purpose!
Health & Safety
Please bring your own gloves, face masks or aprons. We also advice you to practice extreme caution when handling the shelter animals, as some of them may be unsocialized or ill. If at any point you are unsure of an animal, please approach one of the kennel staff for assistance.
Please also wash your hands between handling animals, to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. It is strongly advisable to also disinfect yourself and change your clothes before handling your own pets at home, after a visit to the shelter.
Volunteering @ The Marketing & Communications Dept
If you are experienced and interested in helping in the MarComm Department, you can assist us with the following:
Media liaison - press releases, finding new opportunities for SPCA through media, etc
Marketing materials - creating new materials or upgrading old flyers, posters, etc
Merchandise - design, sourcing, surveys & research, stock count, etc
Education - conducting educational sessions for students, conducting tours of the shelter, etc, assisting with creation of new Education Packs
Photography - For updating online adoption galleries. Taking photos of animals for adoption, getting details and uploading to SPCA website, Facebook, and several other websites
Database management - help update SPCAs database of emails
Campaigns - Propose and help to carry out campaigns e.g. Dog Bite Prevention for schoolchildren, Anti Dog/ Cat Meat consumption, etc
Volunteering @ Outreach Events
SPCA Selangor organizes many events, and is frequently invited to participate in pet events, school fairs and family events. We always need volunteers to help us with setting up the booths, merchandise sales, adoption counseling, petitioning and distribution of educational materials.
We do not have a formal internship program, but may be able to tailor-make one for you! If you are interested in interning with SPCA Selangor for 4 weeks up to several months, please do send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.