When humans are humane


PIC FOR ARNOLD LOH: Barbra and Olivia enjoying the Rumba dance performance during a fund raising event at New World Park. Saturday November 2 2013 / ZAINUDIN AHAD/ Reporter: Arnold Loh

ELIZER is a mixed border collie with a sad past. When she was a stray pup several years ago, she went with tail wagging to beg for food from a hawker, with disastrous results.

The hawker hatefully slashed her with a cleaver. She lost her left eye and half her face was split open.

Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) founder Barbara Janssen found her in a horrid state.

“Her left eye and left side of her face were maggot ridden. We spent months nursing her back to health, but her left eye was gone for good.”

Today, Janssen said Elizer was the friendliest and most patient dog in 4PAWS, and is the superstar of the organisation dedicated to rescuing abandoned stray dogs.

“We rehabilitate strays and ultimately help them find permanent homes,” Janssen said.

Elizer was spotted curiously watching a group of 160 Zumba dancers at New World Park in Burma Road in Penang.

Unknown to the one-eyed dog, the Zumba dancers were sweating it out to help stray dogs like her.

The two-and-a-half-hour Zumba dancing session raised nearly RM9,000 to help 4PAWS.

The organisation needs the funds to continue rescuing and caring for abandoned dogs.

Event coordinator Camisse Siow said eight Zumba instructors volunteered to lead the dance session.

“Everyone paid RM20 to join the session and learn from the dance instructors, and all the money was donated to 4PAWS.”

She added that 30% of the sales revenue of dog food products and souvenirs at the event was also given to the society to fund medical aid for strays.

“This is not the first time we have helped raise funds for strays. It gives us great pleasure to dance for a good cause,” Siow said.

Those wanting to adopt a dog or donate a sum can contact Janssen at 016-3420703.

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