DATELINE PETALING JAYA:
Committee Members of the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association or PETPOSITIVE had their last meeting for the year on Sunday.
Issues from getting more volunteers into the Society to obtaining a van to carry out the duties of the nation's first and only animal-assisted therapy was discussed during the two and a half hour afternoon meeting that was held at the Petpositive Therapy Centre (PTS) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
In his Presidential address, Anthony SB Thanasayan thanked all the committee members for their dedication throughout 2009 but cautioned that there was much more work to be done in 2010.
"These include building a strong force of volunteers of all ages in order to carry out our one-to-one activities and services for the disabled and handicapped community," he added.
Anthony went on to share his vision that Petpositive will engage in more volunteer-training activity as well as spearhead our counseling programmes geared towards newly disabled persons.
Anthony, who is also a councillor with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) said that Petpositive was currently working very hard to get MBPJ to offer free dog licenses for handicapped and senior citizens.
"A decision by the Council can be expected by the end of November. If it is positive, it will make a wonderful present for International Disabled Day which falls on December 3," he remarked.
A van to ferry members and animals was also badly needed by for the PTC. The Committee was already working towards this goal to get a generous donor organisation to come in with this need.
"Our goal is to go out to the disabled in every home and help them improve their quality of life through successful companionship with animals," said Anthony.
Petpositive also need paid staff to run the centre and assist the President to carry out with his duties for the Society.
"The main priority now is for Petpositive to look out for funds as our reserves are slowly depleting with the monthly rental and operational costs," pointed out Dr Vijay, the Treasurer of the Society.
Antony Leopold who is Chairman of Petpositive's Fundraising Activities suggested that Committee Members approach organisations and individuals for support during the coming Christmas and Year-end season.
If you can contribute in any way to Petpositive, we would be most grateful. Donations to us are available tax exempt and the number to call is 012 220 3146.
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