Flood hits SSPCA shelter, 350 dogs safe

Dogs taking shelter on a high platform during the flash flood at SSPCA animal shelter on Feb 16, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Feb 16: Some 350 dogs and puppies at the Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) animal shelter in Kota Sentosa managed to escape rising floodwaters this morning.

SSPCA president Datin Dona Drury-Wee said the water started rising at 7am and rose to a height of almost 2.5 feet.

Some of the dogs currently housed at the SSPCA animal shelter on Feb 16, 2024.

“Luckily by 9.30am, the water started receding.

“There were no casualties and all the puppies are now cared for on the first floor of our old building,” she told DayakDaily.

She further explained that during the crisis, only some of the dogs were locked in cages while the majority of them were allowed to roam in their designated areas.

“We have also built several high platforms for the dogs to take refuge,” she added.

At the same time, Drury-Wee requested members of the public to come help with the clean-up work at the animal shelter from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (Feb 17).

She also called on the public to make donations to SSPCA’s mission to build a new state-of-the-art Animal Village in Sungai Tapang.

Those willing to donate can do so by making fund transfers to SSPCA’s CIMB account at 8005274525 indicating ‘Building Fund’.

“On the construction of the new Animal Village, the planning approval applications are almost done after it was initially delayed due to Covid-19 and so on.

“We will start phase 1 this year; enough to move the animals out of the flood-prone area,” she emphasised. — DayakDaily