Food aid for the Balakong Street Dogs

Donors: In memory of Mdm Tan Kwee Chin from Adeline Lau, donors from Pastorale Charity Concert 2023, donors from Touch ‘n Go, two anonymous donors, Ahmad Amir Kamil, Avant Pet Sdn Bhd, Bunny’s Place & Ginger’s Catio, Chim Siew Choon, Ho Yuen Foon, Ipoh Buddhist Dhamma Association, Khoo Ming-Yi, Kok Khee Wee, Kwan Pei Kuan, Mong Looi, NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan, Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Rebecca Helen Daniels, Sophie Tong Yut Gen, Suzanne Ngiow Siet Sun, Tan Lai Fun, Tan Tay Thye, Toh Leong Soon, Tong Yut Fun, Wan Tai Seng, Wong Chin Kuan, AnimalCare reserve fund.

The pet food:

Vitalplus dog kibble 18kg
– Lamb – 9 bags
– Salmon – 9 bags

Alps canned food Chunky (1230g x 12)
– Turkey – 2 boxes
– Lamb – 2 boxes
– Salmon – 2 boxes

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

By the way, Uncle Wong always wears his favourite tshirt to work and to feed the dogs.

A message from JoTong: We received the kibbles and tin food with many thanks…🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🥰🥰🥰

Tong Yut Fun (JoTong) and Wong Woi Kan feed more than 150 street dogs in the Balakong area. Every dog that they can catch is neutered, most of them returned to colony (unless the dog has special needs) and managed for life with dedication and commitment. The younger puppies are rehomed, adult dogs with special needs are either rehomed or relocated to spaces which are safer for them and sick dogs are given medical treatment. Collectively, they have got 75 dogs neutered on their own and under our aid, 118 animals now and still counting!

Here are some updates from JoTong:

Quite a number of the previous 75 dogs have passed away due to distemper in mid 2022, by end 2022, a batch of 11 dogs (the biggest batch that I ever seen) was abandoned at our factory area. The number that we need is roughly about 150 dogs as there are times we will have less than 150 dogs coming out to eat due to raining / hot weather and there will be times where we will have more than 150 dogs. We also noticed some older dogs had gone went missing and we knew that they have probably passed away. And also we have newly abandoned puppies and adult dogs too especially before CNY.

Uncle Wong works as a mechanic while JoTong works as an admin executive in the human resource department at her workplace. JoTong and Uncle Wong use their own money to sustain their CNRM work; they don’t get any donations at all. Even though we help them with our neutering and medical aid, they still need to foot out a lot of their own money to care for the dogs. For example, at least RM340 is needed to get a street dog neutered (RM200 for the neutering charges which we reimburse in full, but there is also at least RM140 boarding charges for a minimum stay of a week at the clinic for full recuperation before release). Then, there is deticking with Nexgard which also is not cheap. And sometimes the caught dogs may have minor issues that require some medication like antibiotics as well. These extras come out from their own pockets.

JoTong and Uncle Wong take turns to feed the dogs daily. They cook rice, sometimes Uncle Wong adds chicken parts he manages to salvage (it is now getting more difficult to get such leftovers) and this food is supplemented with economically-priced kibble. It is a daunting and very challenging task to feed more than 150 dogs every single day, rain or shine. Besides the expenses, there is the issue of time and energy too.

We offer our food aid to this large colony of street dogs under JoTong and Uncle Wong’s care because of their exemplary CNRM work where the dogs are neutered, given veterinary care, rehomed where possible and the return-to-colony ones are managed for life with love. We hope the dogs will  enjoy the premium kibble and canned food!

Please scroll down for some photos of Uncle Wong and JoTong on their rounds. It is not easy, especially for JoTong, to take selfie photos with all the dogs. She explains why:

Yes, some of them we need to climb up the steel tube to feed them, some we feed through the gap of the metal gate, some we need in between machines that they are hiding, some we need to feed under some abandoned cars, some we feed through the gap of locked gates. And also there are dogs that wait till we walk away from the food then only they will go near the food 😰.
And yes, it’s difficult to get them all into my photo frame as once I walk away to take selfie, they tot I have more nicer food with me and they will follow me at my back.
Unless I have one more person to follow me during my feeding and then the person can take full picture of my feeding.

I tried to take selfies during the feeding in these difficult places but I feel it’s too dangerous if I feel as I could have slipped and fall onto some metal parts or zinc. There was one time when I slipped and a zinc sliced into my toe and I had 5 stitches to my toe. Ever since, I am very careful. Luckily the zinc did not sliced into my face 😰

Sometimes it’s funny when I turned around to take out phone and squat down to take selfies, that’s when the dogs will come near me thinking I’m putting food in front of me and they were all in front of me. But actually I wanted to take photos of them behind me.

We appreciate and understand the difficulties involved in taking photos of all the dogs. There are just so many challenges involved.

Rain or shine, the dogs are fed! And JoTong says the sudden rain gives her time to bond with the dogs.

 


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