Cat shel­ter needs pub­lic help

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BALIK PU­LAU: Af­ter find­ing a badly in­jured cat and un­able to find a shel­ter for it in 2014, Pauline Lim, in her 50s, opened a cat shel­ter.

The Me­owy Cat Shel­ter in Air Pu­tih has since cared for more than a thou­sand cats, nursed them back to health, given them for adop­tion or re­turned to where they were found af­ter be­ing spayed and neutered.

Lim said she only took in in­jured cats and kit­tens.

“The adop­tion rate is about 30 cats a month,” she told theSun when met at the shel­ter nes­tled among ba­nana and durian trees.

Lim is now in a dilemma as she needs funds to save the seven cats she res­cued that are suf­fer­ing from a form of fe­line lep­rosy which is costly to treat.

She said the cost of treat­ing all of them is be­tween RM5,000 and RM6,000 with an­other RM3,000 for an op­er­a­tion on an­other se­ri­ously in­jured cat.

She added these costs were on top of the RM8,000 a month she needs to run the shel­ter which sits on rented land.

Lim said she is tap­ping into her re­tire­ment fund to op­er­ate it, which cur­rently is home to about 200 cats.

She hopes those who bring cats to be nursed back to health could help de­fray the costs and not let the bur­den fall wholly on her.

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