When animal lovers come together


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

Suzanne, husband Chun Kit and daughter Louie feeding a horse. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

ANIMAL lovers were all smiles at the latest edition of Occupy Beach Street which was turned into a Pets Carnival.

City folk got to spend time with farm animals, including goats, chickens, ducks and a horse.

Pet owners also brought their dogs to the car-free event in Penang.

Suzanne Chong, 29, her husband Chong Chun Kit, 34, and daughter Louie were among those fascinated by a horse at the feeding station.

Suzanne, who loves animals, said they enjoyed getting up close with the horse.

“My daughter is only 14 months old so she is still unable to identify many animals.

“But she is definitely curious about horses since we do not get to see them in the city.

“This is a memorable experience for all of us, ” said Suzanne at the horse feeding station along Beach Street.

Many visitors also gathered around the petting zoo to interact with the friendly pets brought by others.

Among the pet owners were insurance agent Lau Hong Hui, 23, and her friend Lim Pei Wen, 22, a make-up artist.

Lau’s Wooly Coat Siberian Husky caught the attention of many visitors.

The active and outgoing canine could be seen jumping around and playing with the other visitors and pets.

“We often take our husky out in our leisure time, ” said Lau.

“The places we usually go to are Karpal Singh Drive and Straits Quay where we get to meet other pet owners and interact with their dogs too.”

The carnival saw many dog owners happily strolling around with their pugs, bulldogs, poodles, maltese dogs and many other breeds.

Other stations were set up by non-governmental organisations aimed at creating awareness of the welfare of animals like cats and dogs.

Bworth Fur Kids Home founder Kenken Jong, who brought 15 dogs to the event, said the home hoped that visitors would take the opportunity to adopt a pet.

“Three dogs have been adopted by three families through our adoption drive today.

“We hope that more people will be aware that they can adopt pets instead of buying them.

“We also hope to educate visitors on the importance of love and respect for pets.

“Cats and dogs are living beings too and there should be no cruelty towards them, ” she said.

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