In conjunction with World Animal Day, the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) held the SPCA World Animal Day 2017 Appreciation Awards recently, graced by Duli Yang Maha Mulia, Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin Abd Rahman. Two awards were offered to Taylor’s University, being the first campus to become the Stray Free Selangor – Compassionate, Caring Community, and to Grace Anna Edward with the Most Supportive Individual Appreciation Award.
Justin Nathan (left most), Chief Operating Officer at Taylor’s University accepts an award as the First Stray Free Selangor – Compassionate, Caring Community on behalf of the university during the SPCA World Animal Day 2017 Appreciation Awards.
The event was aimed at acknowledging the work of animal rescuers, volunteers, donors, supporters, educators, carers at SPCA and long-time staff, among others. The initiative was adapted from the Taylor’s University American Degree Transfer Program (ADP), a student public relations project called “Towards a Stray Fur-ree Campus” initiated by Senior Lecturer, Ms. Anna and her public relations class. Currently in its fourth year, it has since become a concerted campaign to humanely trap, neuter and find homes for approximately 30 stray dogs on and around the Lakeside Campus’ vicinity.
Grace Anna Edward (middle), senior lecturer in the American Degree Transfer Program at Taylor’s University was awarded Most Supportive Individual at the SPCA World Animal Day 2017 Appreciation Awards
“It is an honour to receive this award from DYMM Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and the SPCA. It is inspiring for us to be a part of advocating and championing the protection and rights of animals,” said Anna. “The efforts portrayed by the students and support given by the institution only help us to do more for those that do not have voices for themselves.”
World Animal Day is widely celebrated to raise the standards and welfare of animals around the world. Increased awareness and education can develop a compassionate culture, which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.
A photo opportunity with Grace Anna Edward and Duli Yang Maha Mulia, Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin Abd Rahman after receiving an award for Most Supportive Individual at the SPCA World Animal Day 2017 Appreciation Awards.