PAWS looks to raise RM3.5mil for new animal shelter in PJ


An artist's impression of the new PAWS animal shelter.

PETALING JAYA: PAWS Animal Welfare Society is looking to raise RM3.5mil to build a multi-storey eco-friendly shelter to house over 500 animals.

Shelter manager Edward Lim said the plot on which their facility is presently located has been gazetted as road reserve land, which is set to be developed by the government.

As such, he said, the government has given them another piece of land in Ara Damansara here for the relocation of the shelter.

"Currently, we have close to 500 animals and will be shifting to a temporary shelter in this new piece of land in the next four to six weeks.

"The main shelter that we intend to build requires funds which we do not have. So we are trying to raise funds to build this permanent structure for us to better serve the public and to cater for 500 animals or more," he said.

The project is estimated to cost RM3.5mil.

"We hope to complete the works in two years, and target to start building by the end of this year," he told The Star on Friday (April 2).

Lim thanked Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han, former Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar, Selangor Veterinary Services Department and Selangor Land and Mines Department for their help in obtaining the new site for them.

According to PAWS, the new shelter will be equipped with solar power and rainwater harvesting, adding that the multi-level facility will ensure that it is sustainable and an environmentally friendly refuge for all its inhabitants.

As part of its fundraising efforts, the public can sponsor one square foot of land for a minimum donation of RM100. Every donation of RM100 and above will come with a certificate that includes GPS coordinates unique to each individual donor, in which one will be able to visit the sponsored land via Google Earth.

Donations to PAWS Animal Welfare Society can be made to UOB bank account number 232-300-219-5 and email a screenshot of the donation to pawshelter@gmail.com.

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