Dog shelters help to rescue and rehome stray, lost, abandoned, or surrendered dogs, as well as dogs that are sick or wounded. Therefore, they’re great places to contact if you ever spot a stray dog that needs help. However, not all dog shelters are the same, such as when it comes to their policy on euthanasia. So, if you’re looking to rescue a dog, adopt a dog, or volunteer with a dog shelter, it’s important to know about the different dog shelters in Malaysia and how they rescue dogs:
Dog Shelters in Malaysia
Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue
Founded in 2008 by Puspa Rani, the non-profit Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue (MIAR) has helped to rescue and rehome more than 700 dogs to date. They strongly believe that every animal deserves a chance to live their life to the fullest, and this fuels their tireless dedication to rescuing and caring for abused and abandoned dogs. Once these dogs have been nursed back to full health, they are put up for adoption.
Being a non-profit organization, MIAR relies on donations to pay for their rescue dogs’ food and medical bills. They are home to around 75 dogs today and the numbers are increasing with each day. Show your love and support for animals by volunteering, donating, or adopting a dog with MIAR today.
Address: Located near Metro Point Kajang (Full address not disclosed due to past cases of dog-dumping and dog-poisoning)
Phone: +6016 997 5301
Another highly recommended animal shelter to adopt animals would be the Furry Friends Farm.
This animal shelter in Kundang is home to around 300 abused and abandoned animals, most of which are rescue dogs and cats. However, you could also consider Furry Friends as more of an animal sanctuary by true animal lovers, as they care for all animals including chickens, goats, rabbits, and geese. Furthermore, all animals at the farm can be adopted by visitors.
The farm is open every first Sunday of the month, where visitors can enjoy a guided farm tour and spend time with the animals. The Furry Friends’ farm also promotes volunteering in rescue centers and as a whole, educates visitors on how to understand and assist animals in need.
Address: Lot 6171 Kampung Baru Kundang , Kundang Selangor 40850
Phone: +6016 379 3478
Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better
Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) do not consider themselves a dog shelter, as they don’t believe that there’s a place for anyone to abandon or dump their animals. Instead, MDDB focuses on providing destitute dogs and puppies a better life by acting as a halfway home for rescue dogs. This helps the rescue dogs to get acclimated to being adopted and rehomed after being on the streets.
MDDB is made up of a growing group of rescuers, fosterers and volunteers who do what they can to rescue as many injured or ill dogs as they can to nurture them back to full health. Fatally ill or injured rescue dogs are not neglected either – they get to spend the remainder of their lives in a loving and caring environment before they pass on peacefully.
Address: 51 Jalan SS 7/16 Selangor 47301
Phone: English: +6012 241 4749, +6012 250 1497 / Mandarin: +6012 208 1902
On the other (unfortunate) side of the spectrum, PAWS (PAWS Animal Welfare Society) is a non-profit animal shelter in Petaling Jaya that has been in operation since 1987. Most animals are surrendered here because they’re unwanted, in which case PAWS may or may not have to decide if the animal can be rehomed. If there is insufficient space at the animal shelter, the abandoned pet may have to be “put to sleep”.
Being fairly established, PAWS has managed to rehome a total of 500 cats and dogs in their shelter and is well-funded by donations from the public as well as charitable events. Simultaneously, PAWS is also well-staffed by a team of part-time veterinarians, an assistant and seven kennel workers. One can definitely rest assured that PAWS’ rescue animals are in good hands (aside from the fact that euthanasia is practiced here).
Animal lovers can volunteer at PAWS and choose the animals they’d like to spend time with more. Other than volunteering, PAWS also accepts donations in cash and in-kind – the organisation has a wishlist on their website that donors can refer to. Of course, animal lovers are also highly encouraged to adopt a dog or cat to give them a better home and future.
Second Chance Animal Society
Although formerly known as Paws Mission, Second Chance Animal Society (SCAS) bears no ties with the aforementioned shelter, PAWS. SCAS has a no-kill policy that began with the rescue of 12 motherless kittens and have now saved more than a thousand stray dogs.
SCAS’s main mission is to control the overpopulation of dogs and strongly encourage people to adopt a dog instead of buying. To date, the SCAS dog shelter has housed over 400 rescue dogs that were abandoned, injured or abused. SCAS members and volunteers then work to provide them a new home with loving parents.
The SCAS dog shelter also has a comprehensive website for individuals or groups interested in volunteering to care for these dogs. Proceeds from purchases made on their online store also go towards funding their cause of rescuing dogs.
Address: Pekan Batu 14, Hulu Langat, 43100 Selangor
Phone: +6012 9192 263
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri, 12pm-3pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm- 5pm
Founded in 1958, SPCA Selangor is considered the founding father of animal rights in Malaysia. Their aim is to protect defenseless animals and to alleviate their suffering. Among the ways that SPCA has helped rescue animals is by providing an adoption program, investigating animal cruelty reports, providing humane education, assisting community animal caregivers, and running a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. The non-profit organisation also lobbies the government and local municipalities for the humane treatment of animals and harsher penalties for animal abusers. You can support SPCA and their cause by volunteering at their animal shelter, becoming a fosterer, donating, or through corporate sponsorship.
Address: Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang Jaya, 68000 Ampang
Phone: +603 4256 5312
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 4:00PM Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays.
KL Pooch Resort and Rescue (KLPRR)
KL Pooch Resort and Rescue (KLPRR) is a largely self-sustaining animal shelter that uses profits from boarding and other services to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from emergency situations. Dogs that have been nursed back to health are put up for adoption. The animal shelter currently houses over a hundred rescue dogs, several of whom are handicapped.
Currently, KLPRR is raising funds to build a new facility in Kalumpang, Selangor. Revenue generated from the completed and running facility will be used to fund the centre’s running costs, and the remaining money will be distributed annually to independent animal rescuers and groups in Malaysia.
You can support KLPRR by using their boarding, grooming or recreational facilities for your own dog; every cent spent goes to a dog in need. Alternatively, you can volunteer at their centre, adopt a dog, or donate to support their cause.
Address: Off Jalan Permaisuri 10/6, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +6016 2333 647
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm (by appointment only)