SIBU: The first ever Pets Adoption Day here saw a total of 10 out of 20 cats finding new owners.
The event organised by Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) on Saturday saw 20 felines “donated” by Joyce Pet Paradise up for adoption.
These cats had been abandoned by their owners and picked up by the pet shop.
The new cat owners looked happy to help the abandoned animals and provide a home for them.
According to Bobo Wong of MPI, the purpose of the event was to encourage the public to adopt instead of buy animals.
The event was also aimed at raising awareness on spaying and neutering in order to keep the number of stray animals under control.
“We want the public to pay attention to the needs of little furry animals, especially cats. When a family feels that they cannot afford to feed the kittens, they should not be dumping them,” he said.
Wong lamented that abandoned pets were common in our society and these strays end up being a nuisance to the local council.
“We also want to promote the initiative of adopting a cat into one’s family rather than buying as there are so many cats in Sibu area. Every cat needs a home and a responsible owner,” he said.
With the number of stray cats increasing every day, he added, there was a need for the public to adopt them.
Cat adoption here, however, was not encouraging as people had been slow to respond to the call, he said.
Wong praised Joyce Pet Paradise for adopting the stray cats.
“The shop owner feeds them until the cats find a new owner.
“However, as the number of stray cats are increasing fast, the shop owner needs financial help to keep feeding the cats. This adoption drive is also meant to raise funds for the pet shop to continue their initiative of providing a temporary shelter for the animals,” he said.
The event was officiated by Pelawan UPP branch chairman Datuk Janet Lau.