Inspiring students to love animals

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  • Thursday, 31 Mar 2016

Dr Amilan (left) with (from fifth from left) AniHELP ambassador Patricia K., Lam Thye, former Department of Veterinary Services director-general (second from right) Datuk Dr Mohd Nordin Mohd Nor and Andrew (in grey and white shirt).

HELP University launched its 7th AniHELP (Animals and HELP) event with the theme “PAWS A Second”, a campaign that is against cruelty to animals and aimed at creating understanding and appreciation among HELP staff, students and the public.

“I would like to begin with a quote by John Grogan.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day, it is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them,” said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He added that if one abused animals, they might end up abusing human beings too.

AniHELP, the sole initiative of the public relations students of HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC), worked closely with Lost Animal Souls Shelter (LASS), a non-governmental organisation that rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed stray animals that are in dire distress.

Also, this year, AniHELP witnessed the first participation of Animal Medical Centre, Malaysia’s first Veterinary Hospital as one of its partners.

Patricia (centre) brought her puppy to the launch of the 7th AniHELP.
Patricia (centre) brought her puppy to the launch of the 7th AniHELP.

The opening gambit was by Malaysia’s international magician and illusionist, Andrew Lee and his talented animals.

“We do not only teach our students so they can have good grades, but we also educate them about principles, ethical behaviour and also the importance of treating animals rights,” said University Foundation Studies Faculty dean Dhanesh Balakrishan.

Two main booths were set up, the LASS booth and MediVet booth.

Eight dogs by LASS were put up for adoption and three lucky puppies were adopted by HELP University’s students.

The MediVet booth was set up for dog owners to purchase their dogs’ nourishment.

Dr Amilan Sivagurunathan from Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNWAF) gave a talk on “Choosing a Pet for your Lifestyle”, and HELP University’s students were keen on the talk as the hall was full.

Demonstration by the police K9 unit, animal fashion show by Groomers Connection Academy and photography contest were also held.

HELP University students gave an amazing performance as well.

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