Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) launched the registration for the second running of its Animazing Race at Plaza Merdeka here yesterday.
The Animazing Race, as part of its fundraising activities, will take place on Sept 28 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.
SSPCA president Donna Wee, in her speech, highlighted that they were targeting some 1,000 runners to join the run this year.
“The fund raised would go towards our new Animal Village, the daily running costs of our shelter as well as for our own neutering of the animals that come through our gates,” she said.
More importantly, the event also aims to promote the roles and functions of SSPCA as well as creating greater awareness on the protection of animals.
This year’s race is divided into 10km men, 10km women, 5km veteran men, 5km veteran women and 5km open (fun run) categories.
“Each registered runner will get a WAG Music Concert ticket which will be held on Oct 25 as well as a free T-shirt (while stocks last),” she said.
Wee also expressed hope to launch the Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) pilot scheme by the end of the year with the support of DBKU after having successfully carried out neutering campaigns twice a year over the last few years.
“SSPCA and DBKU have worked together for a long time and the council is now seriously looking at this TNR policy,” she said.
“SSPCA has also been asking for the local government to assist in setting up a Klinik Kembiri, similar to the ones set up by the Selangor SPCA and DBKL, to offer year round subsidised neutering for registered animal rescuers and the lower income group,” she highlighted.
Wee reemphasised that real efforts to spay and neuter pets were needed to control and reduce the number of stray animals in the streets.
“We hope to see this type of clinics being set up in Kuching,” she said.
Meanwhile, Wee pointed out that SPPCA has received a spate of reports on cruelty cases in the last few months but the society has no authority to enforce the law.
“There was the case of a dog that had its paw chopped off and its neck hacked which was found by rescuers in the Stapok are in a very horrific state,” she noted.
Wee however assured the public that the society was working closely with the Sarawak Veterinary Department on these cases.
“We are also seeking police assistance to monitor that area in hopes of catching whoever did this to the poor hopeless animal,” she added.
“One must remember that there is a propensity for those charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses towards human beings,” she said, adding that there was a need to find the perpetrators of cruelty to animals.
The registration fee for the Animazing Race is RM60 per person for all categories.
Prizes for the winners in all five categories include cash and medals.
The runners will also have the opportunity to win attractive lucky draw prizes as well as prizes for the best costume.
Runners are encouraged to come in animal-themed attire or costume.
Entry form for the run is available at www.animazingrace.com, UCSI Communication Sdn Bhd office at Setia Commercial Centre (082-368109) and Customer Service Counter at Plaza Merdeka.
The closing date to submit the form is Aug 29.
Among those present at the launch were SSPCA chairperson Rebecca D’Cruz, Plaza Merdeka general manager Cheah Kheng Mun and sponsors as well as SSPCA committee members.
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/08/09/registration-for-sspca-animazing-race-launched/#ixzz39rKbFDCS
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