Giving other pounds a bad name

The dogs are kept in kennels at Happy Home K9 Shelter in Kuantan.

ALLEGATIONS of a scam have created some distrust in the animal rescue community, which is affecting a legitimate animal shelter in Kuantan, Pahang.

Happy Home K9 Shelter owner K. Puvaneswary said some of her sponsors had withdrawn their donations due to fear of being accused of running a scam.

“I have lost some donations of rice and kibbles for the animals because of some alleged fraud, which has nothing to do with my shelter or the many other small shelters out there,” she said in expressing her frustration.

There are some 200 dogs and 50 cats housed at Puvaneswary’s shelter, with another 14 dogs being cared for in her own home.

StarMetro reported recently that concerns had been raised of an unscrupulous party preying on the goodwill of internet users to make easy cash.

A group of animal lovers alleged that the culprits set up multiple Facebook accounts and posted edited photos of animals to make them look injured, before asking Internet users to transfer money to a bank account for an animal that may not actually even exist.

Four reports had been lodged so far at the Subang Jaya, Ampang Jaya and Bukit Jalil police stations.

Puvaneswary implored the public not to allow the alleged scam to shake their confidence and generosity in helping the animals at small shelters.

“Do not let this one rotten apple spoil the whole bunch.

“There are many small shelters and animal rescuers doing real honest work, who are in need of help. This is not easy work to do as we are mostly counting on public support,” she said.

Puvaneswary said she had always been transparent with all donations and would take full responsibility for it.

She needs about RM190 a day to feed the animals and is also raising funds to relocate to a more secluded area due to an upcoming housing development near her present shelter.

Those who wish to help may contact Puvaneswary at 017-683 3925.

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