KOTA KINABALU: The new cat shelter in Tenghilan, Tuaran, which currently houses 18 felines that were abandoned nearly two weeks ago, may be turned into a cat village in the future.
Non-governmental organisation, Animal Lovers Independent Rescuer (ALIR), had transported the cats to the new shelter, which is being developed in phases, and hopes to rescue more strays around the area.
The Star reported how ALIR president Aldrin Ham and wife Fransisca highlighted mismanagement of Melissa’s Cat Shelter (MCS) in Tuaran when they first visited MCS on June 16.
They discovered carcasses were left rotting on the floor after the operator abandoned the cats.
After making a police report, ALIR visited the place again with the Veterinary Services Department to house the adult abandoned cats at the shelter in Tenghilan, while the kittens were brought to ALIR centre in Menggatal.
“Right now, my relatives are helping to look after the place in Tenghilan, and with donations, it helped to buy cat food.
“There are still a lot to be done but our hope is to turn it into a cat village and with a charge of RM1 or RM2 per entry, we can sustain finances for their food.
“The Department has also asked our help to look around for more stray cats in Tenghilan area, so the place could be zero-stray cats,” Aldrin said when contacted Monday (July 1).
He also said out of the 20 kittens rescued from MCS, almost half did not survive as they have not been eating or fed for a long time when discovered.
“As for actions against the owner of MCS, I leave it up to the police,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tuaran police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Hamizi Halim said no arrest has been made so far on the case.