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The Hero In My Heart
My mom, Mdm. Lee Kam Meng is a super animal lover. After I told her about how Kathmandu Animal Treatment has spay program for stray animals, my mom started her journey to take care more cats and dogs.
She loves animals since young. After all her children graduated and moved out from the house, my parents have more spare time. Instead of just feeding stray cats and dogs with leftover food, they started to buy cat and dog food to feed the animals who wonder around at the valley behind the house.
They are not rich people, after my mom celebrated her 55 years old birthday, she applied to take out the money in her KWSP account and spent on spaying all the cats, and taking care of the dogs.
My parents paired up really well to trap the cats and sent them to clinic for spaying, after that they put them into cages to make sure they healed before running freely and get the wound hurt. Most of the cats do not leave even after they are free from the cage. They stay around and became my mom’s babies.
One of the inspiring case is, there was a skinny injured dog, not sure where she came from, wander around the valley behind my house. She can’t eat, one front leg broken, whole body cover with skin problems, sometimes will bark in pain. My mom manage to pursue a vet doctor to came to the house and send the dog to vet in the doctor’s truck (as my parents not sure how to handle an injured dog).
After the check up, the doctor says the sickness is quite severe and advice to put to sleep to cut down the sufferings. My mom rejected, as I told her before, never put animals to sleep, it equals to killing, very bad karma. She insisted to take the dog home and take care of her. The neighbours kindly spare a space for the dog to stay. My mom start to take care of the dog diet, feed her with cod liver oils (as the vet doctor suggested), clean her, apply medicine to wounds, sometimes chant “Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum” to all the animals.
Miracles happened. After a few weeks, the dogs healed slowly, become healthy and gaining weight. My mom named her Xiao Bai (means little white in Chinese). She sent Xiao Bai for medical check up, the vet doctor asked where you get this pretty dog from? My mom proudly answered this was the dog you wanted to put to sleep last time. The doctor cannot believe it and the health condition is very well, just keep on the diet.
When Xiao Bai first came, she was badly injurded.
She becoming better after a few weeks
She is completed healed and healthy now, she has a friend I am not sure the name is “Tiger” or “Leopard” that always protect her from attacked and bullied by others cats and dogs.
Actually my sister and I don’t call the dog Xiao Bai, we call her Fat Sheep as her nickname.
The neighbors like her very much. Some help to shave her, some feed her when my mom goes out for a few days.
Here are the cats, my mom has spayed over 20 cats by her own funds, now there are about 16 cats left at the valley behind the house. Some was poisoned to death as some neighbours feed rat poison to them as the cats make noise sometimes at night.
Those in cage are just sent back from vet.
Some of them don’t look very pretty, but my mom can find something cute in each cat and can tell me long story about them.
Having a siesta!
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