BY: Michelle Liew
Animals are the heart of our ecosystem, and they deserve as much attention as we can offer. Be it wildlife animals or pets, animal lovers are devastated to see many starving, stranded and helpless animals as they become victims of the flood.
A man is willing to wade through chest-level flood water to feed eight of his pets in Kampung Batu 8, Lorong Kedah near Changkat Jong.
According to Mohd Shahrizan Nawawi, 40, all the cats were placed in an empty house by the main road after his house was flooded.
He said he was not willing to let his cat go hungry after he and his family moved to a temporary evacuation centre (PPS) at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Abdul Rahman Talib.
“Every day, I commute eight kilometres back home to feed the cats. At least three times a day.
“Despite worrying about the safety of the cats, I do not intend to bring the cats to PPS because I do not want to disturb the comfort of others,” he added.
According to Mohd Shahrizan, he has been keeping the cats for the past 10 years and they have become very dear to his children. His children have continuously asked him about the condition of the cats.
Apart from Mohd Shahrizan,For Rashida Darus, 32, had to put her pet on the roof of the house after the water rose sharply due to continuous rain since last Friday.
She said that although she was not willing to do so, she had no other choice because she had to move to the PPS with her husband and children.
“My husband and I have put more than 20 cats, rabbits, quails and hamsters on the roof with food and drink containers before moving to PPS at 3 am yesterday (Sunday),” she said.
Upon worrying the safety and lives of animals, netizens have taken it to social media to announce the setting up of shelters for stranded animals and some have even opted to use their personal home for such purposes as well for the time being.