Saturday, December 11, 2010


Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better is seeking homes for the animals under its care. Those wanting to donate dry/canned dog and cat food, old newspapers, towels and cages, dog/cat shampoo, rice, detergent, etc can drop the items off at the adoption drive.

Date: 12 December 2010
Venue: Main entrance, Summit Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 019-3576477 or 012-3739007

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dogs Speak Out Against Dog Fighting

Dogs Speak Out Against Dog Fighting

Producers Nancy Richert and Kathy Dziubek of Animal were kind enough to help Knock Out Dog Fighting end the untold suffering of dogs in dog fighting operations. What better way to give dogs subjected to the cruelties of dog fighting a voice then to, well, give them a voice!

For more information about the award winning anti-dogfighting youth intervention program and to find out how you can help, go to

Sunday, December 5, 2010


MDDB will be holding adoption drives on

- Sunday Dec 5 from 11.30am to 7.00pm at Palm Square (ground floor- near Starbucks), Jaya One, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

- Sunday Dec 12 from 11.30am to 7.00pm at main entrance the Summit Shopping Complex, Subang Jaya.

Those wanting to donate dry and canned dog and puppy food, dry and canned cat and kitten food, old newspapers, dog and cat shampoo, old towels, rice, cages, detergent and bleach can drop the items off at both the adoption drives.

For inquiries please call 019-357 6477 or 012-373 9007 or visit · 


Source: The Star 4 December 2010 

Handicap not a hindrance to Rocky

YOUNG Rocky may only have three legs but his enthusiasm for life overcomes his disability.
Rocky, who lost his limb after being run over by a motorcycle, leads a happy life and is in no way hindered by his handicap.

He was rescued by a good Samaritan who had spotted him in Batu Caves several months ago.
Rocky: He may only have three legs but his enthusiasm for life overcomes his disability.
Rocky was handed over to canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) after initial treatment.

MDDB has since taken care of his subsequent medical needs including the amputation of his damaged limb.
Rocky will be among the 15 dogs and puppies that will be put up for adoption by MDDB this Sunday at Jaya1.

MDDB co-ordinator Christine Lai said she hoped someone would come forward to give Rocky a second chance in life.

“He is a loving and gregarious fellow and deserves a loving human family. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Rocky will get lucky at the adoption drive,” Lai said.

She said Rocky, who is about a year old, likes to play and would be an excellent companion for children.
MDDB will also have another adoption drive at Summit Subang Jaya the following Sunday.
Lai said that frequent adoption drives had to be organised due to the large number of dogs and puppies that have been rescued.

“There are far too many and that is why we need to have a proper Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage system in place,” she said.

Those wanting to donate dry and canned dog and puppy food, dry and canned cat and kitten food, old newspapers, dog and cat shampoo, old towels, rice, cages, detergent and bleach can drop the items off at both the adoption drives.

For inquiries please call 019-357 6477 or 012-373 9007 or visit ·

Sunday Dec 5 from 11.30am to 7.00pm at Palm Square (ground floor- near Starbucks), Jaya One, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

Sunday Dec 12 from 11.30am to 7.00pm at main enterance the Summit Shopping Complex, Subang Jaya.

Friday, December 3, 2010

MARMITE the Rottweiler is looking for a forever home

AWAM has recently learned of the plight of Marmite the Rottweiler. If any of you can find it in your hearts to give Marmite a good, loving and stable home, please contact Noah's Ark at

For those of you who think that Rottweilers are aggresive and unpredictable, please see our previous posts on the Misconceptions of the Rottweiler. 

It was a hot sunny afternoon and a Rottweiler was brought in to the sanctuary with a bad condition.Raymund stepped out to take a look and instantly see the dismay and sadness on his face. She was skins and bones, to the extreme. The gaze in her eyes spoke of a lifeless and unhappy soul. Her head looked out of proportions as compared to her stick-thin body (we could see her ribs protruding!), and she was estimated to be barely a year old.

The father and son pair who surrendered her said she was given to them by someone else, but they themselves did not know how to take care of her. This is certainly IRRESPONSIBLE pet ownership, but on the flipside, we are glad that they did not choose to abandon her on the streets.

Raymund accepted the leash with a heavy heart, and Marmite looked up uncertainly at him. He walked her slowly through the first gate of the sanctuary into the car porch, and even though the journey was a short one, she stumbled a couple of times. Tottering about on unstable legs, she barely had any strength to walk. She wouldn’t allow anyone to touch her and growled ferociously if anyone dared to approach too closely.

Unable to move too close to offer some form of comfort, Raymund fed Marmite some food from a distance away, which she gobbled down almost instantly. As predicted, Marmite was possessive of her food, given her past encounters. Perhaps, for the first time in her life, Marmite went to sleep with a full and nourished stomach. We will never know, but sometimes, we are better off not knowing.

Oh, many of you must be wondering, why the name "Marmite". Like the savory spread available in supermarkets, Raymund named her so, as she is dark in colour, distinctive and powerful exactly like the spread. :) Additionally, she really needs all the nutrients Marmite has, to regain her health and put on sufficient weight.

Will you be kind enough to sponsor Marmite’s stay at the sanctuary? With the growing number of such cases and the saturation of welfare organizations, we need all the help we can get. Every single cent counts. If you are able to help us in any way, email us at Please also stay tuned to our blog for further updates of Marmite.


Update on Marmite.

After three months she was brought to the sanctuary, Marmite managed to gain weight with her humongous appetite. She has been showered with tender, loving and care and now she’s back on her feet. Marmite has recently received her vaccination, dewormed and her heartworm and tick fever tests are NEGATIVE. A clean bill of health has been given to her and she should be sterilized soon.

Lately she has been spotted getting attached to one of the worker who is in charge of her area. She would tag along every where that he goes. With all the special care she is getting, Marmite decided, somewhere along the way, that she knows that she has been truly blessed. Life can be fragile but the will to beat even the worst odds can inspire us all that there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

We are looking for a sweet soul who is able to give her a good home. She is more suited to be the ONLY dog in the family. Please email us at if you know anyone who’s interested to adopt her. Please help us spread the word around.


Source: The Star
Date: 2 December 2010

Spay and Neuter Programme in Ampang

Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee, with the help of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), will hold the first Spay and Neuter Programme in Ampang on Dec 19 to control the population of cats and dogs.
A total of 25 dogs and 25 cats from the Teratai area, aged five months and above, are entitled to a free spay service on the day. Free vaccination is also given.

Owners are required to register and pay a RM15 fee for dog licences.

The event will be held at a field in Jalan Cheras Hartamas, Taman Cheras Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur (near Meranti Apartment).

Ampang residents who wish to vaccinate and apply for licences are also welcome to attend the event. The fee for vaccination is RM60.

According to Lee, the programme was the first of its kind in Selangor.

“The population of the animals is a major concern as they breed fast.

“If the response is good, we will need to allocate more funds and get sponsors to hold the event again,” Lee said.

She also said they were proposing a by-law on cats because now there were no rules and regulations concerning felines.

MPAJ Youth and Community Department director Dr Sarodin Shahri said they received an average of five complaints regarding stray dogs and cats.

He said pet owners applying for dog licences must get them vaccinated, fill a form to meet the requirements and that the council imposed a fee of RM15 before a tag was issued.

He said the people were against the practice of catching and killing the animals.

Now, dogs that are caught in Ampang are sent to Rantau Panjang in Selangor.

Participation form is available at Pejabat Adun Teratai, 48-1, Jalan Bunga Tanjong 10, Taman Muda, Ampang, or Zon 24 councillor service centre, MPAJ, C-S-02, Pangsapuri Kempas, Jalan Cheras Hartamas, Taman Cheras Hartamas.

Closing date for registration is Dec 10. For more information, call 03-4295 2354 (Adun Teratai), 012-223 8176 or email

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ipoh Bans Shooting of Strays

So the long awaited news of the ban on shooting of dogs has finally been announced. However, to AWAM's dismay, the ban seems to be only in force in Ipoh. AWAM hopes that the DVS will ensure that the ban is enforced nationwide.

Additionally, it is interesting to read that the Ipoh Council plans to set up a pound to keep animals caught on the streets. While this idea is good in theory, AWAM hopes that the council realises that the setting up of an animal pound does not just mean having cages where these poor animals are dumped and then left for dead.

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A good pound needs proper management and should not be a place where animals are mistreated and left to die like many of our local pounds. More often than not, the animals that are imprisoned in our local pounds are in a much worse off condition than when they were on the streets or even when they were in the care of supposedly bad owners.

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Source: The Star
Ipoh Bans Shooting of Strays
City council to use other methods to deal with stray animals

IPOH: The Ipoh City Council will implement a ban on the shooting of stray animals with immediate effect.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday after meeting council secretary Datuk Abdul Md Ariff yesterday, Petpositive president T. Anthony Siva Balan said the council had agreed to stop shooting strays and would use other methods to deal with them.

"The council will send its officers to their counterparts in Petaling Jaya next week to learn dog-catching methods," said Anthony, who is also Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) local councillor.

"They are also studying the possibility of setting up an animal pound to keep animals caught on the streets," he said.

He said the council would work closely with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in dealing with strays.
"A committee set up by the council will have meetings later to discuss neutering and spaying the animals," he added.

Anthony also said a representative from the council would visit the 75-year-old owner of Spunk, the therapy dog which was killed by council dog catchers late last month, to apologise for the unfortunate incident.
"Spunk's sacrifice was not in vain," said Anthony.

"Pet lovers can finally sleep soundly, knowing that their pets are safe from being shot at," he added.
On Oct 29, 10-year-old Spunk was shot dead after its owner left it unattended for a while to get toilet paper to clean after the animal.

The killing of the animal drew flak from numerous NGOs, who called for an immediate ban on dog shooting.
Earlier, several NGOs, including Petpositive, Noah's Ark Ipoh and the Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, jointly handed over a memorandum to ban animal shooting to Abdul Md Ariff.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


MIRA the puppy and her five siblings were rescued off the streets of Klang when they were found hiding under an old car.

Their mother was missing and one of the siblings was found to be unconscious due to head injuries. The puppy died a few days after the rescue.

All the siblings have been adopted except for Mira who now waits for a home at the canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) halfway-home in Klang.

Leng Leng and Mindy were also among the many puppies currently being taken care by MDDB.

The three puppies are among the many that will be put-up for adoption by MDDB at the Summit Subang Jaya this Sunday.

The adoption drive will be held near the main entrance from 11am to 7pm.

MDDB adoption coordinator Christine Lai said they have been receiving a continuous flow of puppies and dogs for the last few months.

“They just keep coming in and we have also rescued several accident victims,’’ she added.
“We think there is a dog dumping trend going and this is very worrying,’’ said Lai.

She said these dogs would also be put up for adoption once they have been neutered and vaccinated.
Lai said those wanting to make donations to MDDB and its feline welfare counterpart Malaysian Cats Care Project (MCCP) can drop off the items at the venue.

“We need dry and canned dog and puppy food, dry and canned cat and kitten food, old newspapers, dog and cat shampoo, old towels, rice, cages, detergent and bleach,’’ said Lai.

For details, call 019-357 6477 or 012-373 9007, visit or e-mail

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


11 Nov 2010 UPDATE:

The article published by The Star today  merely states that 


The Perak government has asked all local councils in the state to study the feasibility of using tranquiliser darts to put down strays. 


There is no mention of the ban on shooting of dogs. And the question that begs to be asked is "Why must these strays be put down before giving them a chance to be rehomed, or even to consider other methods of stray management such as Trap, Neuter and Release?




10 Nov 2010: AWAM has just received news from PetPositive that the DVS has ordered and immediate end to all dog shooting in Malaysia following a meeting between DVS and several animal welfare/rights groups. 


This is excellent news and AWAM hopes that the DVS will hold true to their word and ensure that this ban is implemented with immediate effect. AWAM and all animal lovers look forward to seeing this news made official in our local press. 

However, in addition to a ban on shooting of dogs in the country, AWAM would like to stress that the management of strays in the country needs a complete overhaul. This includes, and is not limited to, significantly improved and humane dog catching methods (such as humane traps) as well as a major upgrade of the local pounds. 


Source: PetPositive

Veterinary Department Orders An Immediate End To All Dog-Shooting In Malaysia


THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY SERVICES (DVS) has called for an immediate ban on dog-shooting in the entire country.

This follows the senseless shooting to death of a senior therapy dog named "Spunk" in Taman Merdeka by the Ipoh City Council or MBI on October 30th, last month. 

The canine belonged to a 75-year-old retired teacher who is a member of the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (PETPOSITIVE). 
"Not only was it an extremely sad and regrettable incident but the killing of an animal that brought only hope and companionship to a senior citizen is inexcusable and a major embarrassment to Malaysia's image internationally," said Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamalludin, (right)  the Director-General of the DVS.
"The DVS views what happened very seriously," he added to a question put by PET+BLOGSPOT at a press conference this afternoon at the Department of Agriculture building here.

Dr Aziz was speaking at the conclusion of a special open dialogue session this morning in which he served as the chair. 
Dr Aziz leading the discussion
The event, which was organised by the DVS, brought together about 30 people from government bodies as well as animal rights and welfare NGOs.

Apart from Petpositive, the other representatives came from the Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) in Rawang, Selangor, SPCAs from Selangor and Ipoh, Noah's Ark also from Perak, state and the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF) from Kuala Lumpur.

The MNAWF was represented by its chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Nordin Mohd Nor, a former director-general of the Veterinary Services Department.
Petpositive called for the immediate outlawing of dog-shooting at the meeting. This was echoed by all of the NGOs at the meeting.

Cruel to shoot dogs
"The reason why local councils resort to dog-shooting is to find a quick solution to the problem of strays but this is not an acceptable solution," Dr Aziz pointed out.

"Dog-shooting is not only unnecessary but a cruel practice that is unacceptable in today's world," he added.

"It is also very dangerous as the bullet could strike human beings.
"Councils will no longer be allowed to shoot dogs but only under special situations such as in disease situations; however, it can only be done in very rare cases and under the supervision of qualified veterinarians.

"Councils should instead employ more humane methods to effectively deal with the stray problem by catching them and offering training to their catchers.

"Councils that currently exercise dog-shooting currently should learn from local councils in Selangor, in particular, that have abandoned such practices and now employ humane and more effective methods in stray management. 

Dr Aziz says his department will be writing immediately to the MBI to instruct them to cease all dog-shooting. 

This will also apply to other local councils in the country that is also engaging in such practices. 
A representative of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government who was present at today's meeting said that his department will also do the same.
Speaking to PET+BLOGSPOT after the meeting, Dr Ranjit Kaur from Noah's Ark said she was delighted by the decision of the DVS and the action that will be taken.

"As an advocate who has been actively fighting against canine-shooting in our city for many years, it was truly worth traveling all the way to this meeting."

Beaming also from ear to ear was Dr Goh Hue Lang, the head of SPCA in Ipoh. 
"Whilst dog-shooting is going to be a thing of the past, there are still many things to do to solve the problem of stray dogs in the city which we all need to put our heads together in order to find the best solution," she said.

Newcomer to the animal rights movement, Francis Siva, president of ILTC, said he was most impressed with Dr Aziz.

"He came across as a very approachable DG who had an amazing understand of dogs, their behaviour and how best to approach the issue," he noted.

Monday, November 1, 2010


With Custard, a Rottweiler

Up until 2 years ago, I always assumed that breeds such as the Rottweiler and Bull Terriers etc were vicious, aggressive and highly unpredictable dogs. My misconception was based on the fact that I had never met a well behaved, sweet natured rottweiler or bull terrier.

However, a few months after I joined the Mayhew Animal Home in 2008, I was given the task to care for Custard, a young and fairly large Rottweiler. When Custard stands up on her hind legs, she's taller than me, so it was only natural that I was petrified!!!

But to my surprise what greeted me behind the kennel door, was a bouncy and playful Custard! She loved nothing more than getting her tummy tickled and would lick you to death if you let her. It was the first time I have ever encountered a Rottweiler that was not ready to eat me... I soon learnt that Rotties really are sweet and lovable dogs...

And this was confirmed, soon after Custard was rehomed, by another Rottweiler which I had the privilege to care for while I was at The Mayhew - Buster.

During my time at The Mayhew, I learnt that dogs such as the Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have earned the bad reputation of being killer dogs due to the "training" or lack of it from their owners.

These breeds are naturally protective of their territory and families, therefore it is vital that they are socialised at an early age, given enough training (positive reinforcement), and leadership by their owners to prevent untoward incidents.
With Kyra (Bull Mastiff) and Buster (Rottweiler)

According to the Dog Bite Claims UK website, the top ten most aggressive breed:
  1. Dachshunds
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Jack Russell
  4. Australian Cattle Dog
  5. Cocker Spaniel
  6. Beagle
  7. Border Collie
  8. Pit Bull Terrier
  9. Great Dane
  10. English Springer Spaniel
The Dachshund, otherwise known as the Sausage dog, was originally bred to hunt badgers. They came out as the most aggressive breed with 1 in 5 reported to have bitten or tried to bite a stranger and 1 in 12 snapping at their owners.

The top ten least aggressive dogs:
  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  3. Poodle
  4. Greyhound
  5. Whippet
  6. Brittany Spaniel
  7. Siberian Husky
  8. Golden Retriever
  9. Havanese
  10. Portuguese water dog
These dogs also rated low for “watchdog” behaviour and “territorial defence” behaviour so they tend to make lovable family pets.

Some dogs that have a bad image and are considered aggressive are the Boxer, Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, German Shepherds and Rottweilers. According to this study this is how they ranked:
  • Great Dane: 9. This breed is actually very patient, gentle and affectionate. Although its size can be an issue with small children, it gets on well with children.
  • Rottweilers: 15. This dog is very loyal and can be fiercely protective which may cause it to be aggressive. However, it is a hard working, powerful, devoted dog that gets on well with children if they are brought up with them.
  • Boxer: 16. These dogs are actually good with children. They make good watchdogs. As they have a protective nature; they may be aggressive if they feel their owner is being threatened.
  • German Shepherds (Alsatians): 17. An alert, loyal, courageous and intelligent breed. These dogs are good with children and they are very protective making them effective watchdogs.
  • Mastiffs: 21. These dogs are very dignified, loyal creatures with a pleasant nature, resembling gentle giants. Their size means they can be a problem with small children, but they get on well with children.
Other dogs that are known to be aggressive include:
  • Chow Chow: this is a “one person dog”. It forms a very strong bond with one person (usually the owner) and is ferocious around strangers who it considers a threat to its owner. It is a good guard dog, but it can bite without warning and they are tenacious fighters.
  • Papillon: These dogs are fiercely loyal of their owners and can be very possessive, they don’t like strangers either.
  • Old English Sheepdogs: Again these dogs are very protective of their owners. They are strong-willed and independent and they will nip either other animals or children.
  • Lhasa Apso: These dogs can be cranky and unpredictable; they are strong-willed and independent. They were originally bred as guard dogs.
  • Giant Schnauzers: They are very dominant and will challenge adults and strangers.
  • Pekingese: These dogs do not like strangers and can be very aggressive towards them
  • Miniature Pinschers: These are little dogs but they can be very aggressive to compensate for this.
However, every dog is different and won’t always fit its breed stereotype: just because its breed is generally considered to be gentle or sweet natured doesn’t guarantee that your dog will be the same.

Any dog can be aggressive and bite so you must make sure that you put aside the time to train it and socialize it properly so that it is more comfortable in unfamiliar circumstances and with strangers.

Before you get a dog it is worthwhile researching breeds to make sure that you choose one that is suitable for your lifestyle, i.e. it is good with children if you have any in the family, or not getting a fragile dog if you are a large family.

However good a dog is said to be with children and however well behaved it you should never leave children unsupervised with a dog; often they can provoke it without meaning to and little children can be defenceless against a dog.

So please next time you see a Rottie in the street, don't automatically assume it's a "devil dog".

If, god forbid, there are any more stories on a Rottie attacking somone, have a think as to WHY it happened. It could be because these dogs have irresponsible owners who have not socialised, trained or shown correct leadership and affection to their dogs.

If handled correctly from the minute you bring them home Rottweilers make FANTASTIC pets, but in the wrong hands they may only do what they feel they must in order to protect themselves...


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Choosing The Right Dog for Your Lifestyle

Before even considering choosing a particular type of dog, it is important to ask yourself "Why do you want a dog?".

If you are cetain that you still want a dog in your life, then it is of utmost importance that you choose the right dog for you, your lifestyle, your family and more importantly for the dog that is going to be part of your life in the future.

Do you choose a puppy or an adult? 
Pedigree or Mixed Breed? 

A dog may well be a part of your life for ten years or more, so it's best to do your homework and consider the options carefully.
Pedigree or mixed breed?
There are more than 200 breeds recognised in the UK alone, plus all those adorable crossbreeds and mixed breeds in infinite variety. The development of dog breeds for specific purposes has led to more variations than most other species - just look at the gigantic Great Dane beside the tiny Chihuahua.

 A purebred Beagle

The major advantage of choosing a pedigree (pure bred) is predictability. You can be fairly certain that you will get predetermined size, coat length and texture, character, energy level and susceptibility to illness. So think carefully before choosing a pedigree.

For example, many people choose to have Labrador Retrievers because they seem to be very calm and docile. However, Labrador Retrievers are working dogs (gundogs), and so need an incredible amount of exercise as they have endless amounts of energy. Are you prepared to take your Labrador for 2 or 3 long walks/runs a day?

 A Dalmation-Doberman Cross Breed?

To a lesser extent, cross-breeds (parents from two different pure breeds) are predictable too, but you can't be sure which breed will be dominate. For example, a Border Collie-Labrador cross could be either laid back or brimming with energy. A Dalmation-Doberman cross could either be very playful and dopey or intimidating and fearless.

A Mixed Breed Puppy

Mixed breeds (otherwise known as mongrels) come from an entirely non-pedigree background. Sometimes you can see a few hints as to the parentage, with others it's impossible to guess. Some people consider this an advantage as they want to own a dog that is a one of a kind. Genetically mixed breeds are healthier, since they have a larger gene pool and fewer hereditary problems.

Puppy or adult?
Most people find puppies irresistible, but they may not be the ideal choice for everyone. Adopting a homeless 'teenage' or adult dog may be a good alternative.

Puppies are adorable and you can ensure your puppy is raised in a loving and kind home. You can also train them to focus on what is important to you. But they can be very time consuming in the early days, with frequent trips outside for toilet training and constant vigilance to ensure your favourite possessions don't end up as chew toys.

Homeless adult dogs can make exceptional pets and will often come with a good deal of training and socialisation. However, it is important to consider that adult dogs can often come with 'emotional baggage' and time and patience may be required to overcome timidity, mild aggression or other difficulties.

Dog or bitch?
There's a lot of difference of opinion when it comes to the battle of the sexes. Some swear that bitches are easier to train and tend to be more loving. Others argue that females are more independent and aloof. Males are said to be more aggressive, but neutering can dramatically change their nature.

Un-neutered dogs of both sexes can always present problems, which is why it is very important to spay/neuter your dog to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Males can wander off in search of females in season. Females may have phantom pregnancies and can be difficult to manage during their season. The cost of neutering a female is much greater than for neutering a male, and greater still if she is already pregnant. It's best to be guided by the breeder or other sources of expertise, such as a vet, behaviourist or trainer as to whether a male or female is best for you and your lifestyle.

Breeder or re-homing organisations?
If your heart is set on a pedigree or cross-bred puppy then a reputable breeder is your best bet. Contact the Malaysian Kennel Association, or other reputable canine societies such as Puppy.Com or Pet-N-You etc, who may have a list of litters available, or can put you in contact with breeders in your area.

Taking on a dog from an animal shelter or larger welfare organization can be incredibly rewarding. There are thousands and thousands of dogs waiting for a second chance in life as a pet, often having lost a home with their first owners through no fault of their own. Remember, reputable centres or rescue groups assess the dogs they take in carefully and will help match the best canine personality to you, your family and your lifestyle. 

Not surprisingly, puppies for re-homing tend to be in short supply. You may have to take your time contacting several shelters and might have to travel further a field. You may want to contact your local SPCA or independent rescue groups to see if they might have a dog suitable for you and your lifestyle.

Local Shelters
SPCA Ampang 03-4256 5312/03-4253 5179
SPCA Penang 04-281 6559
SPCA Seberang Prai 012-552 3447
SPCA Melaka 019-6631407/016 2714873
PAWS 03-78461087
Lassie 04-955 6787/04-955 3643,

Other Animal Welfare/Rescue Organisations
Independent Pet Rescuers 012 202 6384
PAWS Mission 012-205 2906/012-395 7217
MDDB 019-357 6477/012-373 9007

Friday, October 29, 2010

Adoption Drives 30 & 31 October 2010

Paws Mission Adoption Drive
Date: 30 & 31 October 2010
Time: 9am - 6pm
Venue: 43, Lorong Nikmat 2, Happy Garden, Jalan Kuchai Lama in Kuala Lumpur
Fan 012-205 2906,
Ivy 012-395 7217,
Vivienne 012-252 1562,
April 012-327 8060,
Kim 012-919 2263 and
Ho at 012-290 0215.

Note: Paws Mission would welcome donations in kind especially dry and canned dog food, cages and playpens, dog treats, shampoo, towels, disinfectants and newspapers.

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better Adoption Drive
Date: 31 October 2010
Time: 11am - 7pm
Venue: No 7A, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa (between the Klang traffic police contingent headquarters and Hin Hua High School)
Contacts: 019-3576477, 012-3739007

Note: Donations such as dry and canned dog and puppy food, dry and canned cat and kitten food, old newspapers, dog and cat shampoo, old towels, rice, cages, detergent and bleach will be appreciated.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010



Before You Get A Dog
by Sandi Dremel, Copyright© 1997-2002, The DogInfomat


The decision to get a dog is not something to be taken lightly. An adorable puppy can tug at our heartstrings but, in the end, will require a significant investment of your time and money for a significant number of years. Socializing and training a new puppy is time consuming and, occasionally, frustrating. It can increase the amount of stress on the family, and the dog, working to provide the constant supervision, socialization, and training that is necessary to successfully integrate a dog into a family environment. This is especially true if the primary caregiver(s) are working outside of the home and/or have young children, an elderly parent, or other persons and/or pets to care for. This does not mean that it cannot be done. But, prospective dog owners often underestimate the investment of time, energy, and money, required.

Additionally, depending upon what breed or mixed breed you ultimately select it may take some time to find the right breeder and/or the right puppy/dog. Reputable, ethical breeders do not breed frequently. And, they only breed when they have found a pair who has been proven to possess the health and temperaments required to insure, to the extent possible, healthy, well tempered, offspring.

Making this decision impulsively, can lead to frustration, disappointment, and eventually, may result in the surrender of the dog to a shelter or rescue.

In the US, the tragic fact is that, millions of the dogs are prematurely euthanized, annually. And, most often, it is the owners, not the dogs, who are responsible for their premature deaths. Impulsive or poorly thought out decisions; the selection of a difficult or headstrong breed because it is 'popular' or you like how it looks; or, for that matter, any dog selected for looks rather than temperament, 'match' to your lifestyle, and your ability to provide proper care and environment; the lack of consideration of the lifestyle changes you may experience over the next 12 to 14 years; as well as the lack of proper socialization, training, physical activity, and attention -- these are all major contributors to the need for so many shelters and rescues. And, results, all too frequently, in premature euthanasia.


The first question you should ask yourself, honestly is . . .

Why do I (we) want a dog?

If your answer is:

For my son/daughter/children . . . Trust me, this will be YOUR dog! After the 'honeymoon period', the kids may only play with the dog, occasionally. They may groan and grumble about any dog-related responsibilities, doing them, begrudgingly, only after significant prodding from you. As children's interests and activities change, over the years, their level of involvement with the dog will most likely be, inconsistent, at best. Additionally, your children, especially, young children, will need to be 'trained' in how to behave with the dog and will need to be supervised when with the dog.

For protection . . . I know some may disagree but, it is my opinion, that the only time is it a good idea to get a dog for the purpose of protection is in professional or agricultural situations and only when the owner/trainer is humane and knowledgeable of dog behavior and dominant dog training/handling. In all other situations - probably 99.9% - an alarm system, security fence, or other measures are much more appropriate and effective.

To breed puppies . . . If you've read the third paragraph of this piece and still feel this way, there is probably little I can offer to change your mind. But, just in case, let me restate the case a little more thoroughly. The breeding of dogs is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. If it is not your intention to remain responsible for all of your puppies for their entire lives, including being willing to take back and care for those who may find themselves homeless, do not enter into this endeavor. If you are planning on breeding for profit, understand that there are much easier, more profitable and ethical ways to make a buck. Dogs are living beings and dog breeding requires a significant investment of time, money, labor, knowledge, both academic and practical, patience, and emotional fortitude, to be done responsibly and humanely. Please visit a few of the shelter and rescue websites, or your local shelter, and witness the problem yourself. View the faces of the homeless dogs and talk to the volunteers and staff who, all too often, must take that 'final walk' with them.

Because BreedX is 'Cool', was in a movie you saw, is unique and exotic, is free/cheap, or other such nonsense . . . One of the WORSE reasons to get a dog, or any other animal, for that matter, is because of their physical appearance or popularity due to a movie, TV show, or other publicity. Often, these venues feature exotic, rare or unique breeds that are, in the overwhelming majority of pet situations, unsuitable as companions. This visibility may also draw out those 'breeders' whose primary motivation is profit versus health, temperament, structural soundness and the welfare of their dogs.

And, remember to incorporate the same thoughtful consideration on whether or not to get a dog, and which breed or mix, when your friend, coworker or relative offers you one of Fluffy's puppies. Dogs are never really 'free' or 'cheap' and, in reality, require significant financial, physical, time, and environmental resources. At a minimum, none of these, or other such reasons, are sound selection factors for getting a dog and selecting a particular breed or mix. And, remember, if it is difficult for you to find information on a particular breed, or a breeder of the breed, it follows that you will most likely also have difficulty finding local support services that are familiar with the training, health care, and maintenance needs of that breed.


However, if you are interested in getting a dog for the RIGHT reasons, please ask yourself the following 10 questions, prior to selecting a breed and breeder or visiting your local shelter or rescue facility:

1) Are you, and all those who live with you, committed to spend 12+ years providing health care, food, grooming, training and attention to a dog? Do the people who live with you also want a dog?

2) Do you have the time and/or resources available . . . To take your dog for walks and to the vet? To bath, brush, clip, and, otherwise, groom your dog as often as necessary? Will you want to play and, perhaps, work on training daily, with your dog? Are you willing to take your dog to puppy socialization, kindergarten, and basic obedience classes?

3) Are there lifestyle-altering events that could occur in your foreseeable future? - A baby, caring for an elderly family member, a divorce, job uncertainty, etc. And, how would you deal with these changes as they impacted your ability to care for a dog?

4) Is your personality conducive to dog ownership? Do you often feel 'stressed out'? Do you like to have total control over your environment or 'space'? Are you a 'neat freak'? Are you flexible? Patient? Answer honesty - nobody but you will know AND, more importantly, nobody but you will have to live with the results of your trying to 'fit' your personality to a dog.

5) Are you physically able to care for a dog? Are you economically able to provide care for a dog?

6) Is your environment prepared for a dog and/or are you willing to make the investment of time and money necessary to insure that it does? Is there a yard or park-like area for your dog to walk and relieve him- or her- self? Is your yard, or a portion of it, fenced? If your dog will be outside for any period of time, will you provide a secure and comfortable shelter for your dog? Although you may have a secure and comfortable location for your dog while it is outdoors, dog should not be left outdoors, unattended, for extended periods of time. They can be taunted, released, stolen, or worse. Tethering can cause serious physical harm or death in the event of an entanglement or other such accident. Further, prolonged tethering can cause undesirable behavioral and personality traits to surface. Additionally, garages may contain chemicals, tools and other items that can be dangerous and/or harmful to your dog.

7) Will your dog be alone for long periods of time, daily? Can you arrange for the dog to be let out for a romp, given water, medication, and playtime, as necessary, during the day? Or, will you become angered and frustrated by behavioral issues that may arise due to the fact that your dog is alone for long periods of time? (i.e., relieves him or herself indoors; chews up a blanket, your shoes, your favorite chair cushion; barks incessantly, causing your neighbors to become angry or, perhaps, even call animal control on you; etc. Do not plan to leave your dog outdoors or in a garage all day while you are away! If this is in your plans, I suggest you revisit the question "Why do I/We want a dog?"

8) Are you willing to spay/neuter your dog, as soon as possible, to reduce the chance of an accidental breeding?

9) Do you travel frequently? Will it be difficult for you to find quality care for your dog when you are away?

10) Do you really LOVE dogs? If you are truly motivated by your love of dogs, or a particular dog, you most likely don't need this page. You've done your homework and are ready for a lifelong commitment. You will train and play with your dog, provide appropriate veterinary care and nutrition, you will bath and groom him or her, happily, and the occasional behavioral problem won't throw you for a loop. If this is the case, please visit the other related sections of the library for helpful articles on breed or mix selection, puppy or adult?, adoption or breeder, finding a breeder, preparation for your dog, training care, and more.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AWAM - Aims & Objectives

The Aims and Objectives of AWAM:
  1. The name of the organisation shall be "Animal Welfare Association Malaysia" (AWAM).
  2. AWAM shall be non-political, non sectarian and non racial.
  3. The objects of AWAM shall be (and for the avoidance of doubt whether within Malaysia or elsewhere throughout the World) to protect dogs and cats from maltreatment, cruelty, suffering and in furtherance thereof:
• To refer any cases of alleged cruelty reported to AWAM to the appropriate authority or organisation capable of investigating the allegations and of instituting proceedings against the persons concerned, and of monitoring action taken.

• To advocate that adequate legislation is passed to ensure that whenever it is necessary for a dog to be destroyed, it shall be carried out in an humane manner.

• To monitor, so far as practical, any Bill, Act of Parliament, Rules, Regulation, Bye-law, Directives and Regulations or Order relating to dogs ("Proposals") and to make submissions to the appropriate authorities in respect of any such Proposals or against any that appear to be unjustified or inequitable.

• To support actively proposals for the control of the national dog population by advocating neutering dogs whenever practicable or desirable to do so, and to make funds available whenever possible to provide financial assistance to members of the public for this purpose.

• To maintain a continuous campaign via the media and other methods to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare. For this purpose books, pamphlets, posters, letters, websites and advertisements shall be printed and published and distributed as necessary.

• To aid persons of limited means (whenever possible) in so far as their dogs/cats' welfare is concerned.

• To raise and maintain special funds for any of the above objects and aims as far as practicably possible.

• To co-operate with and to establish working arrangements with any kindred associations or organisations.

• To care in exceptional circumstances for other animals or birds until alternative provision for their care can be made.

• To conduct research into, or gather information relating to matters affecting dogs and cats and their behaviour.

• To undertake all such other activities that further the objects of the Charity as the Council may decide from time to time.