Launch of Animal Protection & Rescue Society (APRS)

The establishment of APRS was the outcome of a discussion among a group of individuals concerned about the welfare of animals in Ipoh, and its surrounding areas.

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Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker, Datuk S.K. Devamany officiates Animal Protection & Rescue Society (APRS)

Led by founder-cum-patron, Dr. Lee Chee Pheng PhD. and Chairman Cheng Teng Woh, the committee members of APRS may not have any experience in animal protection and rescue, but they certainly do have a big heart for animals in distress, especially strays.

With a mission to curb the growing population of stray and unwanted animals, yet strongly against their shooting, APRS will apply the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) procedure, a method of humanely trapping the strays, neutering and returning them to the location where they were collected. The Perak Department of Veterinary Services will be providing the technical services.

My personal opinion is that TNR, as in Trap-Neuter-Return, is only applicable to stray cats. As for stray dogs, it should be Trap-Neuter-Rehome, instead. As I have said previously, if you are planning to get a dog, look for one in an animal shelter. There is bound to be one that catches your heart.

Video (below): Animal Protection & Rescue Society (APRS) promotional video

Anyway, having just set up APRS, the society has yet to start operations, and will only do so once they have a shelter for the animals that they may pick up from the streets.

As the work of animal protection and rescue is a financially exhaustive project, APRS has kicked off its first fund-raising initiative, which is the Love Charity Calendar 2014. The public is encouraged to submit a photograph of themselves with their pet via email to

Twelve selected participants will be professionally photographed by U Wang Studio, and be featured in the calendar, which will be for sale at the end of this year.

Besides this, there are other plans in the pipeline, both to raise funds and in animal welfare, though they are still too premature to be announced at this point in time.

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one of the aid recipients (2nd from left)

In conjunction with the launch of APRS, Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Dato’ Seri Yong Sofia binti Sultan Azlan Shah, the youngest Princess of HRH Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, was invited to distribute financial assistance to four needy students to pursue their tertiary education. The donation was from Sports Research International.

Animal Protection and Rescue Society APRS
press conference (L-R): Chong Siew Ling (secretary), Andy Chew (committee), Cheng Teng Woh (Chairman), Wang Kim Jeow (professional photographer) & Soma (committee)

For further information, or sponsorship, contact Ms. Chong at 016-663 7002.

Event: Launch of Animal Protection & Rescue Society (APRS)
Venue: Ritz Garden Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 18th Aug, 2013
Time: 11am

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  1. About a week ago a puppy was seen outside my electric gate in the morning. It was skinny, having skin disease and looked hungry. It was trying to enter my house compound despite my two adult dogs kept barking at it. I gave it some dog food and it finished the food within seconds. After that it just stayed outside my gate and refused to go elsewhere. Finally we adopted the dog. But these few days we saw another two puppies hanging outside my house. They looked similar to my new puppy and having more severe skin problems. I cannot adopt all of them as we already have three dogs now. I hope APRS can help to save these two puppies. I can be contacted at 0125202196. Thank you.

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