The Hutan Bandar Putra in Kulaijaya has been regarded by some as a dumping ground of sort for stray cats. Last week, the maintenance workers there found 10 strays.
Not knowing what to do with the strays, the workers built a shelter for the cats more than a year ago.
The shelter, located in a nursery near the urban park, had more than 50 cats at one time. Some have been adopted while some have died.
Azman Yusoff, 44, a Kulaijaya Municipal Council worker said he and his colleagues fork out their own money to take care of the cats.
Azman said they could only provide "apa yang kita mampu" (what we can afford).
It costs about RM500 a month to feed the cats but Azman said the biggest burden is the medical costs, as some of the strays have health problems.
The Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) Johor Baru deputy chairman Dr Edwin Singam (left) and committee member G. Rajakupal paid a visit to the shelter after the SPCA was alerted about the plight of the cats by a concerned animal lover.
Dr Edwin said some of the cats could be suffering from sporotrichosis, which can be transmitted to
"I will also get the State Veterinary Department to check on the cats," Dr Edwin said, adding that animal shelters provide volunteer opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.
Dr Edwin also said there are more than 20 privately-funded animal shelters in Johor Bahru. Of these,
10 are in deplorable condition.
This is Azman, a cat lover who has 11 cats at home.
Animal lovers have to step up efforts to re-home the strays.
The concerned cat lover said the shelter fails to provide sufficient food and water for the cats and that some cats have died as the sick ones were in the same enclosure as those that were healthy.
I noticed that there was a lack of bowls filled with drinking water and some of the cats were in need of medical attention. Sigh. On the other hand, roaming the streets and in coffee shops pose a threat to the animals' safety.
Which is better? A life on the streets where there will be variety and vicissitudes as well as peril, or a life in an enclosure where life is pretty much the same day in day out, and worse, if the shelter has unsanitary conditions?
Pray for the Strays.