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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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