HELP University organised an anti-animal cruelty campaign, its 8th AniHELP (Animals and HELP) campaign.
The campaign is aimed at creating understanding and appreciation for animals and championing their right to humane treatment.
Initiated by HELP Matriculation Centre’s (HMC) Public Relation students and jointly organised with Lost Animal Souls Shelter (LASS), a non-government organisation aimed at rescue, rehabilitating and re-homing stray animals that are in dire distress – the event themed “The Pawfect HELP”, saw this year’s organising chairman, Emy Melisa Mansor, put together an exciting programme.
She thanked the students for their dedication and commitment towards the project and lauded LASS for the animal shelter visit opportunity and learning experiences.
AniHELP was launched by the Faculty of University Foundation Studies dean Dhanesh Balakrishnan, AniHELP ambassador Thanuja Ananthan, founder of Interpet Malaysia Ryan Leong, and LASS treasurer Kavindran Ganesan.
“We look at the world and all we see is cruelty around us – wars, natural disasters, poverty and even animal cruelty.
“Recently, cases of animal cruelty have been escalating at an alarming rate and little is being done to help curb these acts of cruelty,” said Dhanesh.
“At HMC, our students initiated AniHELP to do their part and provide a voice to these silent and helpless creatures. This is also our way of expanding learning outcomes of our students with an emphasis on a holistic education,” he added.
According to lecturer in charge of AniHELP R. Murali Rajaratenam, foundation students had displayed leadership skills in organising the event and creating awareness on the plight of dogs, cats and other abandoned animals.
“At HELP, we believe in organising programmes that create empathy and nurture youth animal activists who can stand up not only for the oppressed, but also those who cannot speak for themselves.
“I believe after visiting the shelter, the students have a greater understanding of the challenges they face,” he said.
The K9 Unit of the Royal Malaysia Police also had a role to play at the event.
A German Shepherd by the name of Rambo and a Labrador named Brit displayed their skills and ability in a demonstration.
According to their dog handlers, K9 dogs provide an essential service in fighting crime.
During the demo, Rambo was showcased attacking an intruder.
The crowd went wild cheering for the smart and capable dog.