/PerroFeature: Malaysian Woman Lives With 90 Cats And 5 Dogs

PerroFeature: Malaysian Woman Lives With 90 Cats And 5 Dogs

Small on space, big at heart! Aunty Shelly, a Malaysian woman shares her small apartment with 90 over cats and 5 dogs.


It’s hard not to love animals. Several years ago, Aunty Shelly has started rescuing animals, devoting her space and finance to cats and dogs. Two to three thousand ringgit per month, at least. She told PerroPet that she sells cakes at Desa Aman Puri and Menjalara in order to cover the expenses of taking care of 90 over cats and 5 dogs.

“My family doesn’t support me, neither emotionally or financially. They don’t understand the idea of rescuing animals. None of them understand my passion for animals. I have been gone through some hard times, and I know, I have to stay strong to be strong in tough times. Rescuing animals is not an easy task, but I’d love to devote my time, love and life to cats and dogs,” she said.

Being a cake seller is her only source of  income, but this was not enough to meet the expenses of taking care of rescued animals. She needs kind souls to help out financially.


Her small apartment is a safe haven for more than 90 cats and 5 dogs, consisting three rooms, one bathroom and a kitchen.

“I know my apartment was too small for my furkids. So, I hope someone can donate a piece of land for me to house my rescued furkids. They will be happier if I could have a piece of land dedicated to animals, where they can roam freely.”


Once a pet lover, always a pet lover. Financial issues never stop her from giving the very best to her rescued furkids. Working day and night, she spends almost entire day with her rescued cats and dogs.

“I usually wake up at 7 or 8 in the morning, and start feeding them, cleaning the cages and house after having a simple breakfast,” she said.

She only keeps them in the cages when she is doing the cleaning jobs. Most of the time, they are allowed to roam freely in her apartment.

She loves all the cats and dogs in her care and treats them like her own kids.

“Each of them have their own name. They are like my children. That’s why I don’t give them up for adoption. Due to previous experience, I have lost confidence in adopters. I’d prefer to take care of them until they die.”


Aunty Shelly usually works until 3 or 4 o’clock and has a break before going to Desa Aman Puri and Menjalara to sell cakes.

“I’m not a scammer. Many people point their fingers at me, saying I’m a scammer. I have received cold shoulders and harsh words when I try to approach people and ask them to buy a cake from me,” she told PerroPet.

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Harsh words can hurt a person more than physical pain. Instead of harsh words, a kind soul like Aunty Shelly deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.

“I have lived my life with a clear conscience. If you don’t trust me, you can plan a visit to my house and meet my furkids,” she said.


Tough times make you stronger and braver. No lies, no fear. Despite their harsh words, Aunty Shelly never stops selling cakes and rescuing the animals. From unwanted pets to injured street animals, she made her home an animal sanctuary.

“I enjoy every moment with my rescued furkids. Joy, happiness and optimism. They bring so many upsides to my life,” she said.

Life is hard, but beautiful. She has dedicated her life to the care of homeless, sick, abandoned and neglected animals. Today, she has more than 90 rescued animals and counting. Through darkness comes light, she believes that hard work pays off – and more and more people will lend her a helping hand.

If you are interested in lending a helping hand to Aunty Shelly, she can be seen selling her cakes every night at Desa Aman Puri, Wangsa and Menjalara.