15 July 2017
LABUAN – A group of volunteers from Stray Free Labuan (SFL) had recently delivered their talk about the straying animals to the group of students at Labuan International School.
The spokesperson for the volunteer group spoke that among the points they highlighted in their talk were the importance of animals in individuals’ lives and in the community, why there were straying animals and what could be done to help them, and how the students could participate in SFL’s activities to promote the awareness of animal welfare in Labuan.
“In our talk or programme today, the students learned about studies that show how pet-owning families can enjoy better medical and psychological health, and in turn how the pet owners should provide the best care for their furry friends.
“One of our volunteers gives examples of how animals enrich our lives and helpings us in many ways – such as seeing-eye and search-and-rescue dogs – and discussed the positive values that children experience when they care for an animal.
“Another volunteer presented information about the importance of spaying and neutering animals, not only to reduce the number of unwanted animals but to improve the health of our own pets. The talk also covered the need to vaccinate animals to protect them from deadly diseases, and to keep them safe from intestinal worms and blood parasites,” said the spokesperson, adding that the SFL volunteers demonstrated in how to treat animals with skin problems or eye infections, bringing back their soft fur and saving their sight.
Meanwhile, two special presenters had arrived in Labuan from South Africa only ten hours before the talk – Beau Rodgers who shared amazing stories about the important, even heroic role of the dogs on his farm, while his father Anthony Rodgers told the students about the satisfaction of being a foster family for SFL and, in particular, the story of Brownie, the canine “star” of the show.
The presentation closed with an exchange of ideas for activities that LIS students can do in their homes, at school, and in the community to promote animal welfare and help Labuan’s homeless animals.
The LIS students were able to meet several rescued kittens and puppies who need homes. Interestingly, during question time, half of the students raised their hands to proclaim that they want to become veterinarians!
Stray Free Labuan is a registered, non-profit, all-volunteer society. SFL relies entirely on donations from the public. During its first annual year of operations ending 30 June 2017, Stray Free Labuan had rescued or fostered 59 animals, found homes for 18 animals, and spayed or neutered 10 strays.
Stray Free Labuan invites all animal-lovers to become volunteers or foster carers, and to join our mission as formal members of the society. The public can learn more about SFL’s programs and goals at the Stray Free Labuan Facebook page.
There is much work to do, and much joy and satisfaction to be gained, said the spokesperson.