A stray fur-ree campus
Coming from a family of animal lovers, Anna Edward would never have guessed that her effort to reduce the number of stray animals on campus grounds would bring the things that she loves together.
A Senior Lecturer from the American Degree Transfer Program of Taylor’s University, Anna has always had a passion for animals, which she admitted was influenced by her father when she was young. Although, it was only in the later part of her life that she started rescuing stray cats and dogs.
“I have a very good relationship with the Selangor SPCA. And in our last fundraiser on campus, we decided to do something different. We decided to trap and neuter two of the strays dogs, which led to the management asking me whether we could do something about the strays on campus,” Anna said.
It was definitely encouraging for Anna as she was given the opportunity to make it a university-wide effort. Not only that, it was also the chance for her students to apply what they’ve learned in class to real-world situations. ‘Towards a Stray Fur-ree Campus’ first started out as a class project but has since become a concerted campaign to trap, neuter and find forever homes for the strays on campus.
“I was able to merge my love for animals, my love for public relations, and my love for education! I was able to bring all these three together — it’s great! To me, it’s amazing to do this work with the SPCA and now it has become really big.
“I feel that my efforts are being paid off; that they finally have been recognised and I’m really happy about that,” she added.
When asked how Malaysians can play their part to help reduce strays on the streets, Anna pointed out two key points — neutering and adoption. “Please neuter your pet. Also, you may think that you’re being kind by feeding the strays but what you’re doing is that you’re actually making them very healthy, making it easier for them to reproduce — it’s a never-ending cycle.
“So, if you are feeding the strays, please take that extra step and neuter them. And adopt, don’t buy. There are so many dogs and cats looking for a home,” Anna concluded.