Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Pet Neutering Services at the SPCA-DBKL Klinik Kembiri
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
My friend Azura managed to get her two rescued stray cats, Obie and Mummy Cat, neutered recently at the SPCA-DBKL Klinik Kembiri, thanks to the generosity of SPCA Selangor, which gave away 50 vouchers for the spaying/neutering of mixed breed and rescued companion animals during its World Animal Day celebrations in October. I was fortunate enough to obtain a voucher for Azura to facilitate the neutering of her two juvenile felines.
Azura followed up with a blogpost of such insight and warm humour on the issue of neutering and care of companion animals, from the perspective of a conscientious Muslim, that I cannot resist but link to it here. Azura had even taken the trouble to find the specific fatwa by JAKIM on the advantages and permissibility of neutering.
SPCA officers, veterinarians and staff standing in front of the SPCA-DBKL Klinik Kembiri in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
2nd from left: Dr. Goh, 3rd from left: Dr. Suhanna, 4th from left: clinic assistant Murugan, 5th from left: Consultant Glyn Roberts, 6th from left: PR Officer Nicole Tai.
Photo courtesy of PR & Marketing Officer, Jacinta Johnson
The SPCA-DBKL Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic was set up to provide subsidised spay and neuter services for companion animals belonging to people from the lower income category, animal rescuers and people caring for stray animals in their community. The Klinik Kembiri vets are heroes in their own right, being dedicated individuals who chose the path of community service and animal welfare over that of a lucrative career in private veterinary practice!
Dr. Suhanna performing surgery on a cat at the Klinik Kembiri.
The benefits of neutering are countless, as any caregiver for a neutered companion animal would attest. Besides the obvious benefits to the animal’s health and behaviour, neutering companion animals is good for the environment as it controls stray animal population and reduces incidences of fecal pollution and scavenging by stray animals.
Many of you would no doubt remember the high-profile incident in which over 300 dogs were abandoned on an uninhabited island by the villagers of Pulau Ketam.
There was also a case in February 2009 in which the SPCA Inspectorate had to enter an apartment unit to rescue 53 cats that had been abandoned by their irresponsible caregiver. Cases such as these are by no means isolated. The SPCA receives over 700 unwanted, abandoned and/or abused animals every month. I have no doubt that other animal welfare groups receive, rescue and help many animals in need as well.
Such cases would have been prevented if the animal care providers had behaved responsibly and had practiced early spaying/neutering.
The SPCA website offers professional pre-surgery and post-surgery advice, so do drop by for a visit to allay any misgivings you may have about the procedure!
For more information, please visit the SPCA website.
To fix an appointment, please contact:
DBKL-SPCA Klinik Kembiri
Pusat Kurungan Haiwan
Jabatan Kesihatan DBKL
Jalan Air Jerneh
Air Panas, Setapak
53200 Kuala Lumpur
012-2581041 (Manager – Mr G.R. Krishnan)