Organisation aims to educate people on animal care

PETALING JAYA: Proper understanding and knowledge are needed before any attempts are made to handle or rescue animals, says Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF).

MNAWF secretary Shrilan Sivagurunathan noted that the foundation had made it its mission to educate animal lovers and pet owners on animal care.

“Our aim is to promote a society that cares about animals and the environment around them. We want to create awareness towards responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

“People may know a lot of things about animals. But when you come across an animal, be it a pet or a wild animal, you need to know how to deal with it, how to behave near it. When people treat animals and the environment with respect, you will not hear about animal abuse,” he said.

Shrilan explained that MNAWF launched a series of webinars aimed at educating animal enthusiasts about proper animal care.

Already in its second edition, the webinars feature experienced veterinarians who have spoken on various topics on animal welfare and pet care.

Yesterday’s webinar was presented by Dr Reuben Sharma, a lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The topic focused on “Initial Care and Management of Injured Stray Animals and Urban Wildlife”.

In the presentation, Dr Sharma shared the many different traits of domesticated and wild animals – from cats and dogs, to reptiles like snakes and monitor lizards.

“In the webinar, Dr Sharma tells the audience what they need to understand when coming across an injured animal.

“How we behave around an injured animal is important, as it may trigger an unwanted reaction from the animal. This may cause harm to the animal or ourselves.

“As Dr Sharma explained, the mantra is always to cause no harm. If you are unsure of how to deal with an animal, but you want to help, the advice is to contact rescuers and authorities,” said Shrilan.

MNAWF will be organising more webinars every month, covering other topics about animal welfare.

“It is nice to see a good response from the audience. The amount of interest is quite encouraging.

“The more people we inspire to think about animal welfare, the more we have made a difference and played our part,” said Shrilan.

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