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Fancy philanthropy?

Last two nights, while walking home from work, tired out, frizzed and dragging my feet along the dark carpark beside a brightly lit coffee shop with lots of merry late night patrons, A bedraggled woman of medium build, greying hair and smelling faintly of booze popped up from nowhere and approached me. 

I didn't see where she came from, because as far as i was concerned that carpark only had me in it. 

From afar, i saw her drawing near, looking intently at me and i had nowhere to run. When she finally stepped infront of me, i just stared at her blankly. Clearly she wanted something. She had two missing tooths and when she spoke i couldn't really understand, she was also quite tanned (although yes, it was dark, i am not colour blind) 

She asked me if i spoke malay to which i said i did. 

She then started telling me (i cannot really grasp her speech) about things. I caught snatches of not going home since 8 the previous night, her pay not being in until the 25th etc etc.. please note that i mentioned earlier, she smelt faintly of booze (beer, alcohol) Then, maybe because i still continued staring blankly, she asked straight forward if i had any money for her to get home. 

I do not trust people who smell of alcohol. Because i hate the smell and i just cannot accept it. Here you are, enough money to go drinking but asking me if i had money to give you??? I admit i was very guarded from the start because my mother had warned me of these kind of people. 

I said no i don't have money on me. 

She said her pay came in on the 25th (what happened to last month's 25th?? that was merely two weeks or so ago.)
I lied and said I haven't gotten my pay (heck, if you're looking at it like that, then i'll say my pay is on the seventh next month, okay?)

i said sorry, i cannot help her. I went home feeling slightly guilty if maybe that woman was really in need and i had refused to help her. I had refused solely on my own principality and gut feeling. To me, it didn't seem like she deserved it. If i really were to donate my money, i want it to honestly benefit somebody. Not just be some funding for someone who knew if she spent what's left of her money on a bottle of alcohol, it's okay because she could always get somebody to give her some more money for the little things she should have kept some money aside for. 

It just didn't seem right. 

I want to give money, i do. If i had some extra and i could afford it, i would sincerely donate it where somebody in need might benefit from my small amount. No matter how small, i know that sedekah is sedekah

If anybody was looking to support any charities, i'd say go for it. But make sure it is authentic. I am more of an animal welfare kinda donor (i.e i am more passionate about, but that doesn't mean i ignore people charities) So these are some tips you might want as a guide if you're really considering. 

A little teary-eyed..

A facebook friend posted this on her wall and i never wanna forget it. It made me teary and what’s worse is, it’s the truth. I really hope people would just read this and at least understand. Please pass around if you can because awareness is the first step to everything. You need to understand. It’s not a very pretty read, but it’s important that we know.

“A Letter from a Shelter Manager 

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. 

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know. 

That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. 

The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”. 

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. 

Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are. 

If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. 

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. 

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. 

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right? 

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work. 

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. 

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes. 

My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! 

Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt”. THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT “

Are u a responsible pet owner or a dickhead

Right! So my Saturday & Sunday was amazing at best. 🙂 both being hari raya outings! I’m actually surprised that photos have been uploaded at the blink of an eye.. Especially by good friend Hilmi who will take lightyears to load anything on his Facebook.. I feel like organizing an awards ceremony just for him, cos he actually refrained himself from making me grow a mustache and counting pubic hairs after that for fear of nothing to do (and after u finished counting, u may wanna watch pubes grow cos he STILL wouldn’t have uploaded e pics), just to wait for the photos.. ^^ let’s give him an applause * clap clap claps* 

This, my friends, is an achievement on his part that we MUST recognize.. 

Saturday was innocent by 70%.. The Boy took the train with me on our way to hilmeow’s. I thought it was gonna be normal (as far as normal goes) and well.. Innocent, unhappening, y’know? But no. TB & me were standing by the glass panels in the train and right infront of us stood this bespectacled guy with his shirt tucked in and pants pulled up high.. He had been mumbling to himself and almost terrorizing the  philipino & her Bangladeshi boyfriend infront of him.. When he moved to the door right infront of us, he actually started jogging on the spot and placed his hands spread out on the door. His face was so cramped I think he needed to pee badly. So all the way before his stop, The Boy and me watched him jog on the spot as I giggled madly. 

He may or may not be screwloose. 

Then when we were waiting for chacha & Erwin to arrive at hilmeow’s place, I was sitting there bored listening to boys talk -.- god. The topics that hilm & TB could have picked but did not.. 

Do you know??? They actually after some moments of silence Hilmi asked about TB’s blister?? And then they actually elaborated and shared blister stories with one another??? BLISTERS!! what the hell?! Then they talked about NS, then about motorbikes.. it was all so depressing for young, little, feminine me. (heh! Is that you vomiting blood as u read that?)

By then I was ready to stab myself with a fork, and that would have been more interesting. Gosh. Boys talk. 

For TWO days I haven’t been able to read books and I’m craving to. So today & Tmr :))

Yesterday we went to somebody’s house who kept his cats in e kitchen in a CAGE. there were like 7 in 1 medium cage! So I questioned him, I asked why are they in a freakin cage, he said if there’s visitors he’d keep them there so I asked again just to confirm, whether they were free to roam if nobody was around. He said yes. 

Then I bombarded him again whether they were sterilized/ neutered. He said no.

I said he should.

Do you know what he said?? He said he was gonna let them go soon. 

GOSH PEOPLE, really! Your pets aren’t things and accessories, how many times must I SAY this?? I am so gonna freakin report him. -.- 
And his kitties were all so sweet faced and affectionate and loving.. They were mewing in the cage for crying out loud and affectionately rubbing against my hands and he wants to let them go like throwing away a used scooter?! There were kittens in there, well more like young cats. The least he could do is to neuter them WTF. Honestly. 

That’s it. I really do have a good mind to report him. 

Dear cat owners, I have mentioned before and I’m gonna write this again, why is it important to neuter your cats? Especially for those who can’t handle the breeding after awhile and just let them go to fend for themselves (how to fend for themselves when they’ve been so used to being cared for?! How would u like it if one day you had a home and the next second your mother chucked you into a forest and expected you to fend for yourself? Kau pandai2 la kan jaga diri, you probably can’t survive.. Please put yourselves in somebody else’s shoes.. Or paws in this case and use your brain to think, not your asshole). There are way too many unwanted and abandoned cats already in the streets, we do not need you to help accelerate the already overgrowing population. To control this, it’s best if you neutered your cats, it’s not cruel, it’s responsible and it’s helping reduce the unnecessary suffering of the future cats who wouldn’t have homes and end up being abused and killed (this is more cruel). 

You might as well adopt a shelter cat who wants and needs a home. So many of them need homes. So please be a responsible cat owner and neuter your cats, they’ll be more happier and more loving because they’re not driven by the need to find a mate. (unless you can take care of all of them without any doubt and complaints then feel free to contradict this)

With that said I’m gonna get ready to meet mummy jah ^^