We believe that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection.
WHO WE ARE
IN THE BEGINNING
The SSPCA began its work in Kuching in 1959, formed by a small group of expatriate officers who were moved by the sight of the diseased dogs and sick animals that roamed the streets. It was legally registered under the Registrar of Societies as the “Kuching Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KSPCA) on 11 September 1962.
In 1977, the Society changed its name to the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SSPCA. In the years that followed, dedicated volunteers and their very active cadre of Junior Members, organised awareness – raising events, rescued and re-homed stray animals, initiated a pilot neutering scheme, and organized fundraising events. They were also instrumental in reaching an agreement with the local councils in Kuching to house and care for all the stray animals picked up by these councils. It’s an agreement which has carried through to this day, and remains the only formal arrangement between an animal welfare organization and local councils in Malaysia.
Perhaps their most notable achievement was securing tax-deductible status for the Society. This has proved an invaluable asset to the Society in its fundraising efforts.
In 1999, through the generosity of the Sarawak State Government, the SSPCA secured a 0.6-acre piece of land at 61/2 mile Penrissen Road, Kuching on which to build its animal shelter. In the years since, this little piece of land has served as a refuge, a haven for thousands of stray, abused and abandoned animals. Some have been fortunate enough to be given a second chance at life, others have lived out their days in the loving care of our shelter staff, and many have gone on to the ‘Great Kennel in the Sky’. As our finances improved, we expanded and improved the Shelter facilities and services to cater for the ever-increasing number of animals brought to our door.
HOW WE HELP
WHAT WE DO
- We run joint neutering campaigns with the local councils in an effort to curb the expanding stray population;
- We walk hundreds of visitors through our Shelter to educate them about the need to be more responsible citizens and pet owners;
- We organize countless off-site adoption campaigns to increase the chances of our animals finding new homes;
- We act on reports about animal abuse cases;
- We manage an animal crematorium – the first in Malaysia – so that we can dispose of animal carcasses in a safe and hygienic manner;
- We climb up trees and down drains to rescue trapped animals in the dead of night;
- We brave the flood waters at midnight to take our shelter animals to safety; and
- We pen millions of words in an effort to raise awareness about Animal Welfare and to fight for Animal Rights.
To act as an advocate on behalf of animals and as an enforcer of their rights;
To provide for the well-being of animals of the State of Sarawak that are abandoned, injured, subjected to unfair or cruel treatment or otherwise in need;
To cultivate in the people of our community an awareness of the animals whose world we share;
To promote a bond of mutual assistance between people and animals; and
To instill respect for and appreciation of all living things.
- Prevent or suppress cruelty to animals and birds.
- Promote active kindness to animals and birds.
- Afford information, assistance and advice, assist in the spreading of knowledge on matters pertaining to the welfare of animals and birds and in First Aid.
- Organise meetings, discussions, lectures, exhibitions, social and other events concerned with the welfare of birds and animals.
- Provide premises for service to animals, and to advocate humane methods when animals are being put away.
- Negotiate with Government, Police, Municipal or other authorities with reference to Legislation, Public Health and all other matters relating directly or indirectly to the welfare of animals and to promote or oppose legislation and other measures affecting or likely to affect the interests of animals.
President: Dona Drury-Wee
Chairman: Rebecca D’Cruz
Secretary: Brenda Png
Treasurer: Mr Ng Yaw Hua
Yong Jia Yang
Wee Pei Ling
Sim Swee Sia