Cat shelter needs public help
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.