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Fund-raising for SPCA KK

Anyone that knows us here at Downbelow is familiar with our commitment to animal welfare. In 2017 we built and donated a shelter for SPCA KK (Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kota Kinabalu) to accommodate their rescue cats. We also sponsor a full time member of staff to work in the shelter and contribute to many of the monthly veterinary bills. Our Director Joanne Swann visits every week volunteering her time to help keep the cats healthy. She also plays a key role in the adoption program.

Fund-raising for SPCA KK

Those of you that know SPCA KK would have seen the terrible sad situation recently when more than 40 cats were rescued from an apartment where the owner locked them inside and abandoned them with no food and water, resulting in a tragic situation. Sadly 7 kittens died but the rest have been taken in by SPCA KK. The sudden in-flux of cats is putting a lot of strain on the resources at the shelter to a point where maintaining the current health of the the existing cats and providing the required treatment and care for the new cats is in the balance.

Fund-raising for SPCA KK

Therefore we are attempting to raise money to recruit an additional part-time member of staff and also provide funds to treat some of the new cats medical needs. We are committed to helping SPCA KK in the prevention of cruelty to animals and the rehabilitation of those animals that have suffered.

Fund-raising for SPCA KK

Our aim is to raise MYR 6000.00 (GBP 1200.00) and our company Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures will MATCH all donations, doubling the amount of money raised.

Please help us by making a donation to our charity & conservation fund via PayPal.

Through our network of friends, clients & partners we can help make a big difference. Every little bit helps. Thank you in advance for your support.

Fund-raising for SPCA KK2018-12-29T09:48:22+08:00

Save a Stray Animal Welfare Project

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures team together with IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals) had great fun during the Run 7K to Save a Stray. We smiled all throughout the event knowing we are running for the needy animals of Sabah, Borneo. The Save A Stray Animal Welfare Project would not have been a success without our friends, families, clients and partners so thank you so much everyone for your tremendous support!

Save A Stray Animal Welfare Project

Downbelow Team Together With IAPWA Ran To Save A Stray On 28th July 2018

For the donation, we have managed to raised MYR 2,017.50 for the cats and dogs of Sabah. Downbelow’s Managing Director and PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann pledged to match the amount of donations raised, thus the total is MYR 4,035.00 and has been transferred to IAPWA. We actively support local animal welfare organisations and if you wish to donate, you can do so at any time you can by clicking here!

Save a Stray Animal Welfare Project2018-08-15T11:00:09+08:00

Run 7K to Save A Stray !

The Downbelow office girls have teamed up with IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals) and will Run 7K to Save a Stray on 28th July 2018.

Anyone that knows us is already familiar with our commitment to animal welfare. In 2017 we built a cat shelter for SPCA KK (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Kota Kinabalu). The shelter is now home to 57 cats, we fund staff to run the shelter, play an active role in the animals health & welfare and support SPCA’s adoption program.

Our next project is to help IAPWA with their efforts in Borneo and we are kicking off with a sponsored run!

Save A Stray

The Plight Of Stray Cats & Dogs in Borneo

Thousands of dogs and cats in Borneo have no owner to feed them or provide them with a safe place to sleep. When they are ill they have no owner to care for them to get the treatment they need. Under these conditions, many live just a few months or years during which time they struggle to survive, live miserable lives and die a painful death.

IAPWA have been working in Borneo since 2009 to change this and are a lifeline for these animals through their facility and the veterinary support they provide to local sanctuaries and outreach programmes in remote regions. Due to public support they have been able to:

• End the inhumane methods of population control, saving thousands of lives.
• Neuter approximately 3000 dogs and cats every year to prevent them being born to suffer
• Provide vital veterinary treatment for those who need it
• Find loving homes through our adoption programme
• Run education programmes to create a more compassionate community
• Change legislation to prohibit the human consumption of dog and cat meat
• Make animal fighting illegal
• Increase penalties for animal cruelty
• Support local sanctuaries with veterinary care for the dogs and cats they rescue
• Establish outreach projects in remote areas with no access to veterinary care

Save A Stray Day

This coming weekend welcomes in Save A Stray Day so we are taking to the streets with the IAPWA veterinary team to run the 7K Sutera Harbour Fun Run, hoping that you – our friends, family, clients, partners and associates will sponsor us!

We are taking our training seriously. Nicky Stevens the founder & CEO of IAPWA is in Borneo to make sure we are not slacking off just one week before the event !

Save A Stray

Sponsor 0ur 7K Run & Save A Stray

For £3 (MYR 20.00) we can vaccinate a puppy or kitten against disease. For £5 (MYR 30.00) we can feed a stray for 2 weeks during surgery / treatment time and for £10 (MYR 60.00) we can also neuter them to prevent so much suffering. With your support for this project we can make an even bigger difference to the lives of thousands of strays who need our help.

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You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. 100% of the money you donate will be given to the IAPWA Borneo Team (minus PayPal fees). Please state in the payment reference that this is a donation to IAPWA Borneo.

Huge thanks in advance to anyone that will be supporting us, keep an eye on our social media FaceBook, Instagram & Twitter for race updates on 29th July !

Save A Stray

Run 7K to Save A Stray !2019-05-25T14:33:12+08:00