Stray Free Selangor – FAQ

About Stray Free Selangor

What is Stray Free Selangor (SFS)?
STRAY FREE SELANGOR (SFS) – THE HUMANE AND COMPASSIONATE WAY has a vision of a home/habitat for every soul, focusing on Humane Education, High Volume Spay/Neuter, Government Lobbying for humane, effective and sustainable ways to curb stray populations. The current preferred stray control method of CATCH-AND- KILL practiced by all Municipal Councils in Malaysia in an effort to reduce strays has proven to be highly ineffective, inhumane, unethical and expensive.

What is the goal of SFS?
To achieve Stray-Free Selangor, and also stray-friendly Selangor.

How will SFS affect the public/strays in the long run?
Through cooperation from the public, business owners and local authorities we hope to CONTROL the population of strays on the street through neutering. Catch and kill are by no means a way to end the stray issues as we have all witnessed it for over a decade, the situation has remained largely unchanged even with the increase in government budget for municipal council vector units.

How does SFS ensure that it will be constantly working towards stray-free Selangor?
SFS committee hope to improve on a few aspects in sustaining the campaign and improve the efficiency by engaging and in turn convincing more communities to participate in the campaign; convince the municipal councils to be aware of the animals which are already neutered and to communicate with the local rescuers; educate the feeders and encourage them to be responsible for the animals they are helping.

What are the plans to educate the public on SFS and what it does?
SPCA will assist in running education programme with any willing communities, schools or any places at all. SPCA already has a well established education programme for both experienced and new animal owner/rescuers.

How can the public contribute towards SFS, besides donating?
You can start by setting up a feeding station in the area you want to start the project, learn the animals’ moving pattern, feeding time; from there start identifying the number of animals (male and female), friendly ones (who will come to you and let you handle them) and ferals; have a good understanding of the stray population for your project area is an essential steps.

Will this program be launched in other states as well?
Ultimately SPCA hopes to make this a nation-wide campaign, however working with extremely limited resources at the moment, we will have to prioritise on working more effectively within the communities in Selangor first.

How is SFS different from other NGOs namely the neutering funds from myanimalcare.org?
SFS provides 50% neutering subsidy for dogs & 80% neutering subsidy for cats at participating vets.

 

Spaying & Neutering

Are SFS subsidies limited to only cats and dogs?
Yes.

How do we ensure the safety of the animals after they are neutered/spayed?
The neutering of the animals will be performed by certified vets only, as long as you follow the vets’ instruction on proper pre-op and post-op care the risk will be reduced greatly.

What is SNIP?
Spay Neuter Immediately Please (SFS’s tagline)

Do I qualify for SFS if I’m from KL?
SFS hopes to expand to other states as well soon, but at the moment we need the data from Selangor only to evaluate the programme.

Are pets eligible for the SFS neutering subsidies?
As long as you adopt the animal from the street you are eligible for this scheme. Pet owners who buy their animals and pedigree dog owners are not eligible for this scheme.

 

Trapping/ Transportation

How do we trap unfriendly animals to be neutered?
SPCA uses purpose-built traps which the rescuer can borrow; however the rescuers will have to be responsible should the traps were damaged or missing while being deployed.

Who is in charge of trapping the animals & sending the animals to be neutered?
The rescuers/feeders. SPCA will provide the traps upon request and on first come first serve basis. A deposit of RM100 for a dog trap & RM80 for a cat trap will be collected upon handover of the traps, and returned in full once the traps are returned in good condition. Feeders from caring, compassionate communities will be responsible to send the animals to the participating vets.

Can I volunteer in trapping and neutering the animals?
Yes. However neutering can only be done in certified vet clinics. If you are a certified vet and would like to join partner with us, please contact us here.

How often can we trap the animals in the community?
Depends on the confidence of the rescuers/feeders, please check with your vet regarding the availability of neutering appointment as most will require you to make appointment before bringing the animals there; do take note of the post-ops time (recommended 7 days) as well. For more information please refer here.

 

Panel Vets

Are the 80% (cats) and 50% (dogs) subsidies guaranteed by all the vets?
SFS funds will be used only at participating panel vets.

Who are the participating panel vets?
We are in the process if signing up panel vets, for now all neutering is done at the clinic in SPCA Selangor, Ampang Jaya.

If there is no participating vets in my area can I send to the government vets or other private vets?
We are working to get more vets on board for the state-wide project, but subsidies will be limited to panel vets.

Are treatment costs (skin conditions, wounds, illness) included as well?
No, all treatment costs are not covered by the discount. Discount rates only apply for spay/ neuter.

 

Community involvement

What is CCC?
Caring Compassionate Communities, who will be responsible to care for, feed and monitor the neutered animals.

I have a pack of strays, can you help (take them away)?
SFS is a statewide effort to control the population of strays through neutering/spaying. The rescuers/volunteers will be responsible for managing the strays. Fundamentally SFS is discouraging the local municipal councils from catching and send these animals away as the vacuum created by removing the existing animals will indirectly attract other packs to move in.

 

Other Matters

Will animals be euthanized if there is an overpopulation of strays in the community?
SFS supports the notion of effective population control through neutering; SFS and SPCA are not responsible for the animals neutered under this campaign, we will respect the vet/rescuer’s decision should situations require a decision on euthanasia.

What happens to the animals that are not rehomable?
SFS does not involve in rehoming the animals; the main catalyst for SFS is due to the overwhelming number of unrehomable animals on the street. Animals can be listed for free on Petfinder.my for adoption.