Dona (left), Dr Adrian (right) at the presentation of certificates of appreciation to Christmas Charity Bazaar's stall operators.

KUCHING: To date the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) has accumulatively vaccinated more than 149,000 dogs throughout the state.

“The figure is 73 per cent of the vaccination coverage which is estimated at 205,000 dogs,” said its director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud.

“DVSS has achieved its target, but we will continue to vaccinate until Sarawakians are free of rabies by 2021 and dogs are rabies-free by 2025.”

He shared this yesterday when attending Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Christmas Charity Bazaar yesterday at Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre (CEWC), Jalan Stampin.

Dona (left), Dr Adrian (right) at the presentation of certificates of appreciation to Christmas Charity Bazaar’s stall operators.

Dr Adrian was representing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman.

The one-day event, which is one of SSPCA’s biggest fundraising activities, ran from 8am until 2pm. A total of 61 stalls were set up to raise RM100,000.

According to SSPCA president Datin Dona Drury Wee, “About 20 of our cages are in dire need of replacement, and we wish to upgrade the gate of our current shelter. The upgrade will include a service gate which would make it easier for caretakers to enter without fear of any dog running out.”

She also said that they had focused their target next year to raise funds for a state-of-the-art Animal Village which requires a total of RM5 million.

Dr Adrian then revealed that Uggah was happy to help SSPCA with its fund-raising and had agreed to approved RM30,000 for them.

The village will be able to cater for the needs of rescued animals and giving education to the public on the centre’s activities.