SEVEN years in the past, the Cat Tiram Shelter (CAT) began out with 4 stray cats.
As we speak, it’s a sanctuary for some 260 felines.
Situated in Kampung Sungai Tiram, Ulu Tiram in Johor, the sanctuary was began by former financial institution govt Nor Azhar Abdul Hamid.
“I can not bear to see stray and deserted cats roaming our streets, markets, eateries and housing areas,” stated Nor Azhar, who feels it’s his responsibility to offer a correct place for such cats.
The shelter, situated 23.4km from Johor Baru, was in-built 2016.
“The 1.69ha land belongs to my mother-in-law and I spent about RM70,000 to start out the shelter,” he stated.
Nor Azhar, 52, stated a number of the cats had been rescued by him whereas others had been dropped at him by the general public or rescued by the Pasir Gudang and Tebrau hearth stations.
He stated in contrast to different animal shelters, CAT didn’t settle for pet cats surrendered by their homeowners.
“Within the first place, they need to not have pets of their houses if they’re unable to look after them,” he opined.
He stated a pair got here to the shelter to give up 25 cats about three weeks in the past however he refused them as they weren’t strays.
The couple had been sad and lodged a report with the Johor Veterinary Division claiming that the cats on the shelter had been malnourished and ill-treated.
“Officers from the division paid us a shock go to and upon inspections, they declared that we had been offering excellent care,” stated Nor Azhar.
As an alternative of counting on public donations, he forks out about RM5,000 month-to-month to run the shelter however will settle for contributions of cat meals from well-wishers.
“I favor to not settle for cash from the general public as a result of I don’t need folks to query how I spend their cash,’’ he stated.
As an alternative, Nor Azhar encourages guests to undertake the cats.
For every adoption, the shelter accepts a 30kg bag of kibble, which may final for 180 days.
CAT may be contacted at 013-748 5544.