Kucing Goes Snip Snip

Last Sunday I was out so early with Kucing. We went to the Klinik Kembiri DBKL/SPCA to have him snip snip. He was meowing since the night before. Most probably he was upset him being hungry.

We arrived quite early and waited for the centre manager, Mr Krishan and the vet, Dr Goh to arrive. I let the boy out from his carrier and allowed him to walk about in the car. There were birds chirping from the nearby bushes and trees. Kucing was intrigued and started to get excited.

He wanted to go out from the car.

Since the Petknode pet hotel fiasco, no one came out to claim Kucing as the rightful owner eventhough the KTAJ group had advertised a few times. I sometimes wonder who his mom and dad are. Fostering Kucing has been a real challenge. He is a robust and temperamental boy. Not quite friendly with the rest of the furbabes.

After discussion with George, we have agreed to adopt Kucing officially as we want him to be rehabilitated and to start introducing him slowly to the rest of the furbabes at home.

And so, on that Sunday we officially adopted Kucing by signing the adoption papers.

Before the procedure

After the procedure. Grogggggyyyyyyyy…….

 

 

 

 

The Fiasco That Brought Strangers Together As Friends

Cat rescue @ Petknode

Joint press conference on Petknode Abuse Case @ Armada Hotel

Petknode Rescue Mission – Fosterer Batch 2

Kucing, our fostered boy. Giant furbabe.

Some of the cats caught in the drag net during the rescue mission.

More links on Petknode here.

And here.

More pictures compiled from the internet can be found below.

A mommy cat with her dead kittens

The cats ate their first meal after ten days of hunger

Look at how skinny this furbabe is.

Annie, the one and only dog left at the pet hotel

A mommy cat and her kitten found dead.

Our family was not even sending any of our furbabes to Petknode but as animal lovers, we could not say no to taking in one of the furbabes who got caught in the drag net that night. The rescuers were out again after receiving news that a few domestic-looking cats were seen in the vicinity of  building where the pet hotel was located.

One of the lead rescuers called me up that night and at around 1 am that night, we drove to Damansara Damai with a voyager, packs of cat food, towels to pick up our foster boy, Kucing.

There were already a good few numbers of rescuers and volunteers at the appointed meeting place. Cages and carriers of various sizes were brought in by these good samaritans as there were shout outs in the FB group that the rescuers were running short of cages. George was standing in between the cages when one furry hand reached out to his shoes from one of the carriers, as if saying, “Hey, I am here. Take me home.”

We brought Kucing home that night. He was full of fleas, with dusty fur and looking hungry. After wiping his body with wet cloth, I examined his ears, mouth, nails and spraying Frontline to his fur. The rest of our furbabes were curious. Dexy was not happy as she kept on hissing at this new boy.

He ate some of the kibbles but not much.

The first night at home, The Teenager had him with her in the room. He kept on staring at the mirror, which was kinda creepy….

He disappeared the next morning by escaping through the door to his cage!  The Teenager and I were frantically looking for him in the back alley of the house in the wee hours of the morning. We finally found him sleeping at the back of one of the neighbours’ houses and promptly took him home.

For the next couple of days I was on a cat-watch and was a bit worried when he didnt show any signs of poo poo or pee. He ate well though.

On the third day, I thought of giving him laxapet when I spotted (OMG!) a poo box full of poo! That must have been the three day’s worth of poo and maybe some!

Everyone is trying to adjust to each other’s presence….

It has been close to 4 weeks since Kucing has been with us. He is only allowed to be out indoor with the doors and windows closed. He will sit near the glass door and look out as if longing to join the rest of his new friends out on the porch and in the garden.

Kucing is still adjusting to the household. No one has claimed him yet which is sad. But we also think there is a possibility that he might be a street cat and got caught in the drag net that rescuing night. He is not yet neutered and so the raging male hormone is playing tricks on him.

The KTAJ group  (Kumpulan Kucing Terbiar & Anjing Jalanan) has been active in promoting the savings of displaced animals. Compiled from a group of animal lover, they came up with a strongly facilitated discussion group and several initiatives. They have came up with a neutering program with the Klinik Kembiri SPCA/DBKL this coming weekend. Kucing will be one of the furbabes going.

The Petknode Fiasco has prompted so many highlights in the recent weeks. The latest is the review of the Animal Welfare Act of which anyone caught being cruel to animals will face a fine of up to RM100,000 and a jail term of not more than six months. This was announced by the Veterinary Services director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin on the 6th September 2011.

It took a fiasco like this to realize that humanity is still alive and well. That strangers with a common belief and passion became friends.

This blog is dedicated to the administrators of KTAJ, rescuers, volunteers, fosterers, vets and allies of KTAJ who have worked hard and un-selfishly day and night to make sure that these cats (and a dog) are receiving the deserved attention they should and that their unheard voices are heard loud and clear by the humans.

Single Mothers’ Empowerment Program With Proton (June 18 & 19, 2011)

Hanie blogging in the comfort of her nice warm bed and telling herself to find time to update her blog!

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to run an empowerment program for a group of about 50 single mothers recently. It was a very powerful initiative program by Proton for single mothers and it runs for 6 months. With a program tag line Persona- Better, Undoubtedly, Proton had selected three personalities to be the mentors for the single mothers.

Here is the link www.protonpersona.com.my

On the said session, I was with Dj Lin of the Suria Cinta fame. A single mother herself, she was one of the mentors chosen.

I must say, I had fun!

My program was called “From A Single Mother….To Businesswoman” under the segment of Empowering Women With Micro-Business Skills. I talked about the need for single mothers to identify their skills, strengths, needs, wants in order to move on with their lives. I shared with them of my own experiences of getting out from the rut and to face the world again. How I woke up one morning and realized that I was down to my last sum of ringgit.

I introduced them the Happiness Index, a simple tool to reflect back on what were the good things in life, to identify the reasons of the pitfalls and how to hold on to that exact moment when we feel the best.

Here are some links on the program:

Link 1

 

Link 2

Something to read about on single mothers of Malaysia is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boo! (?) hahaha...not quite sure why I had this expression....

At the end of the session, I have made new friends, imparted some good knowledge and experiences to my participants and told them that it is not impossible to find love again.

Your true love, your soul mate is outside there.

But, you must love and be true to yourself first. Then only you can move on and love again, wholeheartedly.

PROTON Edar Persona – Berita Harian – Ratu (Pg.22 & 23) – 28 July 2011

Post Petknode Story

I have not blogged in a long while. Have been busy with work and family life, that there are hardly any suitable time to write. There are so many things to write about…and I think today I will start with something that George had written so beautifully on my FB wall.

He said, “So sad to see that some folks cannot agree to disagree without name-calling, back-biting, and denigrating the character and faith of their fellow Muslims. @Jamil Kucing: I don’t know you and we have never shared words, yet you render here judgment on me, my wife, and our faith. You are NOT Allah. Judgment of us ALL belongs to Him and Him ALONE. Remember His promise that every atom’s weight of good will be rewarded, and that every atom’s weight of wrongdoing will be punished…”

This was posted after a guy by the named of Jamil Kucing had put up a derogatory posting of my husband, my friend and myself.

In a way, I think he is a total sad case. But it seems that he has hurt so many people before and for far too long and this needs to be stopped.

This came about after I pointed out a fatwa on spaying and neutering for animals.

When the internet came about, everyone realized the possibilities of reaching out to the mass is endless. Then arrived the various social media platforms. Some people do not understand how to be responsible when using all these platforms. Each and every word you put out there comes with responsibilities. You cannot hide behind the virtual wall the cyber space has created.

What comes around goes around. The world is getting smaller with the existence of the internet. Kuala Lumpur is not big. And so does Bukit Bintang.

Each and everyone of us who is using any electronic multimedia platform cannot run away from the arms of the law.

Just saying.