Help for cat lovers facing income woes

Helping hands: Dr Muhammad Naim (right) and a colleague arranging donated pet food at Kitty’s Foodbank. — Bernama P

PUTRAJAYA: Believing in doing good for all God’s creations, veterinarian Dr Muhammad Naim Md Kasim took it upon himself to set up Kitty’s Food Bank to help other cat lovers affected by Covid-19.

He said the pandemic that hit the country since last year also affected animal shelter operators with some of them in dire straits due to loss of income.

Answering their plight, he said those in need of food for their felines could just walk into at any of the three Kitty’s Care Veterinary and Surgical Clinic between 10.30am and 5.30pm.

The clinics are located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Cheras and Putrajaya.

The food bank was opened on July 7.

“We have distributed cat food to almost 1,000 recipients, comprising cat owners, animal shelter operators and stray cat feeders,” he said.

Dr Muhammad Naim, 30, said he spent RM10,000 for the cause and attributed the success of the food bank to the help and support of his staff, as well as animal lovers and celebrities, who contributed funds for the purpose.

“I am touched by their generosity which has enabled us to provide premium cat food to feed the felines,” he said, adding that there were also cat food manufacturers who provided supplies on a monthly basis to the recipients.

Dr Muhammad Naim said he used social media to share information on the food bank.

“We want to spread the initiative and reach out to more cat lovers in need of assistance, including those looking after stray cats,” he said.

He is also offering special rates to those who bring injured stray cats for treatment at his clinic.

Tuah Cat House owner Roslina Shari, 46, who set up a cat shelter in 2008 and now has more than 100 stray cats under her care, described the initiative as a blessing for stray cats as it enabled animal shelter operators to continue with their operations.

“Before Covid-19, we received a lot of contributions from various individuals and non-governmental organisations but now, they have declined,” she said. — Bernama

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