Tuesday, December 18, 2012


UPDATE: Lucas & Lea have been adopted

Lucas and Lea are looking for their forever homes. They were rescued from a horrible situation - they were spotted tied to a tree on very short chains for over a week. Lucas could not even lie down. They had no shelter or food and were severely malnourished.

They are now being cared for by a foster carer and are ready to go to their new homes. They have already been vaccinated and neutered; and have tested negative for heartworms.

Please contact us at if you would like to adopt Lucas & Lea 

Terms and conditions for adoption:

1. Adoption fee of RM500 for both of them (i.e. RM250 each). This is to defray the costs of deworming, vaccination, neutering and other medical costs which far exceeds RM500.
2. An interview and a home visit will be conducted before Lucas & Lea are released to their new home.
3. They should not be caged or chained for long periods of time.
4. They must be provided with sufficient food, water, exercise, medical care (if necessary) and clean shelter from the heat and rain.
5. They MUST be adopted together.

Lea is a sweet girl and is approximately 1.5-2 years old.

Lucas is a boy and is approximately 2-2.5 years old

Friday, November 30, 2012



Name : Bobo
Name on certificate: Minie Land Messenger
Microchip No: 458098500194649
Breed: Tri-cloured Beagle
Age: 1 year and 8 months, born on 23-03-2011
Gender: Male - neutered
Missing since June 2012

Bobo was wearing a red collar when he went missing from his home in Serendah

If you have seen or have any information about Bobo, please contact Patrick Adam via:

Phone: 019-2713134 or 014-2036370 

A reward will be given for his safe return

Bobo has been missing from his home in Serendah since June this year. His family is missing him very much and would appreciate it if everyone can be on the look out for Bobo. They have been looking for him ever since he has been missing and have even gone to the local pounds etc regularly to check if he's there. Please help spread the word to bring Bobo home.

Here's the mesage that we received from Bobo's family:

Dear Natasha,

My name is Patrick Adam our dog was lost/stolen in front of our house in June this year. We think he is stolen as he was very well trained and Bobo NEVER walked away.

We adopted Bobo when his former owner saw how good we are to our dog Pamela, and he asked if we want to have Bobo. They left him outside the house in a very small bench. He was not used to walk just stay 24/7 in a bench. 

As he had a terrible abusive first part of his life before we adopt him. He knew he had a good and free home. As he was able to go in and out the house freely. He never been more then 10-20meters from me as he was always thankful.

We kept all options in our mind what could have been happened with Bobo. Honestly spoken he was a very well trained dog and walking away from our house is a bit difficult as we life on top of a hill with just one road to it. There have been rumors that more dogs has been stolen in the Rawang area. I keep it open and we follow all options just to get him back.

If Bobo has been taken by dog catchers I honestly think they took it by purpose as people all know that Bobo is our dog. The TNB, Syabas, Police also people like the waste collectors all said to me they could not believe Bobo run away or lost as they said although they called him he never left the property. He always stopped at the boundary of my land. We really teached him to stay inside as he knows when he steps over the boundary he get no treat before he goes to bed.

Bobo sleeps inside the house. He went always after our meal like breakfast, lunch and diner outside for a walk around the garden. As I said he was very happy being with us. This is because Bobo knows very well how it is to be in a house where they do not care about dogs.
Every day he put his head on our bed and look at us to say thank you. We never asked for it he just gave it to us. And yes he was naughty he sometimes climbed on our bed and lay next to us. Although it was forbidden it is also nice to hug your dog if he is so lovely.

When it was diner time he very social he always ran to my mum to say thank you. Again we did not asked for it he just wanted to show us how happy he was.

We have an other dog she also missed Bobo a lot it is difficult to explain to her Bobo is lost as they got very attached to each other.

We have been since traveling around Selangor to find him as he is our child. We have been almost in every corner of the state to find him.

We been to the dog pounds and we been very social and low profile. But the language is mostly a big problem. We are expat so we need to talk with hand and feets. Mostly they do not understand we come again and again they mostly say to me "if you like take an other one" or "why do you not buy an other dog". As people also not change their children we are not changing dogs it feel very sad when people say that to us.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012



Mervyn Lee picked up this injured male cat on the way home from work. Poor fella had sustained injuries believed to be from a hit and run. He was found curled up against a tree trunk. The vet says he's got a broken jaw, and will take the necessary actions to treat him to get him back into shape. 

Mervyn has since named him Bob, seeing he's a tough survivor. 

If anyone would like to give Bob a forever home once he's fit to be discharged (he will also be neutered), kindly contact Mervyn via FB Serious adopters only please.

Also please share this post to spread the word. 

Many thanks from Bob and Mervyn.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


These adorable puppies are looking for their forever homes! Please stop by at The Open Space Animal Adoption Project this Saturday, 27th October from 12-3pm at Central Park, Bandar Utama.

For further details, please SMS 012 2026384 or 012 3412913 or visit

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Ebony - Female - 4 months old - Vaccinated

Pepper - Female - 4 months old - Vaccinated
Ebony & Pepper are looking for their forever homes. If you can find it in your hearts to give them a family to call their own, please call or SMS 012 2026384. They may be adopted together or separately.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


UPDATE: 01/01/13 Lily has been adopted


A quick update on the dog that we took in on Monday. We have decided to call her Lily, and she is really the sweetest girl ever.

We took her to the vet yesterday and she sat really nicely in the car. She did get car-sick though after about 5 minutes, and threw up all her breakfast. So we strapped on the Thundershirt on her and she was a lot less stressed. We hope it's just a case of her never being in a car before...

Lily was very well behaved at the clinic and let Dr Singham examine her thoroughly. She has now been vaccinated and dewormed. She also had blood taken to check for heart worms. If she is given the clear, she will commence heart worm preventive treatment soon.

Dr Singham was generally happy with her condition. She didn't seem to have any obvious problems apart from being underweight. We will be fattening her up with some good food and lots of love. Dr Singham said that the scar along her right side could have been from being scalded or from a chemical burn. But it's hard to tell as it has already healed.
Lily is now at a foster carer and is getting alot of exercise (she gets two long walks a day), love and affection. We will be taking Lily for her follow up vaccination in 3 weeks time, and then after that she will be spayed. If no one claims her by then, she will be put up for adoption.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


23/08/12 UPDATE : This puppy has been adopted


This puppy was recently rescued by Joey and is now ready for adoption. Please contact Joey at 012-2077 525 if you would like to adopt this adorable kid. 


I rescued a male pup a month ago from a wet market. He was in an abused state then but I am really happy to see that he is all well, healthy and all hyper again. He now has black shinny coat! Based on his current size, I think he is a medium to medium large cross breed, maybe 18kg max when he turns adult. He has been dewormed and I will take him for his first jab tomorrow. I've been calling him Puppy since. He has no shedding problem and hopefully won't develop it either. He loves running around, and love playing paws. He is very alert and in my opinion can be a great guard dog if sufficient training is given. He is toilet-trained too; only relief himself on newspaper-layered tray unless I leave him no choice. His diet is simple, salmon kibbles with salmon oil and plenty of water.

Please contact Joey at 012-2077 525 if you would like to adopt this adorable kid. 

Monday, August 20, 2012


UPDATE: 01/01/13 Lily has been adopted


Female Dog (possibly under a year old) with Burn/Scald Scar on right side of body in Bukit Indah, Ampang
If this is your dog, please email us at 


I first spotted this girl a couple of days ago, when I was out walking my dogs in the Bukit Indah, Ampang area. She tailed us for quite a distance and was pretty friendly. She was rather thin and dirty but she definitely did not seem like a stray. 

As I didn't have a spare leash on me, I hoped that she would follow us home. Unfortunately, as we were crossing the road she got spooked and ran off. 

As soon I got my own kids back home which was quite a distance away, I drove out with some food to the area where I last saw her but was unable to find her. Since then I have just circled the area a few times a day but did not see her. So I just assumed that she must have found her way home.

And lo and behold, this morning as we were approaching our house at the end of our walk, she springs out at us from the bushes by the side of our house. She somehow found us!

I fed her a raw chicken wing quarter and she chomped through it like she hadn't eaten in ages. Then I gave her a bath and it took three shampoos to get quite a bit of grease off her fur. She is quite thin so I think she must have gotten lost at least a couple of weeks ago. She also had a huge burn/scald scar on her right side - which looks like someone had poured hot water or oil on her.

I gave her 2 more raw chicken leg quarters and she gobbled it up really quickly. The poor thing must have been really hungry. 

Anyway, she is a really sweet dog and she must have belonged to someone. If this is your dog or if you know who this doggie's owner is, please email me at 

If she is not claimed within a week or two, she will be put up for adoption after we spay her. But in the mean time, she will be going to our vet when he re-opens on Wednesday for a check up.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


UPDATE: Shadow has been adopted 
Hi all,

It has been sometime since I updated all of you about Shadow, so I thought it was time that I put up a post. Shadow has been recuperating from his leg surgery at his foster carer's, and he was also treated for a few other minor issues that he had with his skin. He was given the all clear at the beginning of the month, and so we scheduled him to be neutered with Dr Singham last Wednesday.

I visited him on Thursday morning at the clinic and he was doing well. He was bright and alert and wouldn't stay still enough for me to take a nice picture of him. In any case, his sutures will be removed this coming Thursday. Let's just hope that he is a good boy and does not remove his sutures like he did the last time. 

We have incurred another RM682 for treatment of his skin, blood work before neutering, neutering and boarding. 

Here's a recap of what we have received and spent on Shadow:

Total contributions received           RM 6,120
Veterinary Expenses (Paid)           RM 4,061
Petty cash to Foster Carer            RM    100
2 bottles Oxyfresh Antioxidant       RM      90

Balance                                      RM 1,869
Veterinary Expenses (Paid)          RM    682
Balance                                      RM 1,187

Once again we would like to thank everyone who contributed towards Shadow's medical expenses. We will keep you updated if we incur any further expenses. Otherwise, we will donate the balance to an animal charity/organisation as we see fit.

Additionally, Shadow is now ready to be adopted. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help share details about Shadow to potential families that would give him a good and loving home. He is a very sweet and gentle boy. He does not have a single aggressive bone in him. He is however a big dog and is super active. Therefore, his new family will need to be able to take him for long walks and runs and must be experienced handling large breed dogs. Shadow will also most probably need to go for obedience training. If you would like to adopt Shadow, please do email us at 

Saturday, August 4, 2012


The following video is from The HSUS depicting the horriffic conditions of a puppy mill in the US. Puppy mills do exist in Malaysia as well although we may not have such well documented evidence. 


Most Malaysians are blissfully unaware that backyard breeders or puppy mills exist. But the reality is that they do. Recently, the press have highlighted cases of immense cruelty inflicted on innocent dogs by these unscrupulous people. We are attaching some links to recent articles in The Star for your reference. 

Pet dogs found living in squalor
Puppies easily infected as they are sold too early
The ugly side of dog breeding
Animal welfare groups call for curbs on backyard breeders

These articles are only the tip of the iceberg! As we know most pet stores in the country sell puppies. And in most cases, the puppies are confined in small spaces with hardly any room to move about and are not socialised properly. Additionally, alot of these puppies have some disease or other as a result of poor breeding as well as inadequate care. 

Pet stores often tell customers that their puppies come from local breeders or quality breeders. Don't believe them, ask to see the paperwork and find out where the puppies really come from. Request to see the parents of the puppies!

Innocent families buy the puppies only to find that the puppy is very ill or has genetic or emotional problems. Often the puppies die of disease. Many others have medical problems that cost thousands of dollars. And many have emotional problems because they have not been properly socialized in the mills. Don't bring this misery into your home.

Please help put an end to puppy farms and backyard breeders in Malaysia and across the world by taking this online pledge:

When you click the "Take the Pledge" button, you will be making a personal commitment NOT to purchase anything from pet stores that sell live animals. You will only be accountable to yourself if you break this pledge.

You’ll also see tools to help you spread the word by sending an email, sharing on Facebook, or Tweeting your pledge.Our target is to reach 5000 pledges. By simply pledging not to buy from pet stores that sell live animals, you can help put an end to puppy mills.

Additionally, we would deeply appreciate it if you could leave a comment on this page, stating any pet stores that sell live animals as well as pet stores that do NOT sell live animals. Please remember to include the location of these pet stores. A list will then be compiled to help all of us make guided and informed decisions. 

Together,  we can make a difference... 

Together, we can put an end to puppy mills!  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


This video is from the UK Kennel Club, highlighting the awful conditions of puppy mills/farms as well as the problems most puppies bought from puppy farms have.

We know that most of you may think that puppy farms or backyard breeders do not exist in Malaysia. But in reality they do, and there are alot of animals that are suffering because there is still demand for them. Please help put an end to puppy farms and backyard breeders in Malaysia by taking this online pledge 

When you click the "Take the Pledge" button, you will be making a personal commitment NOT to purchase anything from pet stores that sell live animals. You will only be accountable to yourself if you break this pledge.

You’ll also see tools to help you spread the word by sending an email, sharing on Facebook, or Tweeting your pledge.Our target is to reach 5000 pledges. Together we can make a difference. By simply pledging not to buy from pet stores that sell live animals, you can help put an end to puppy mills.

Additionally, we would deeply appreciate it if you could leave a comment on this page, stating any pet stores that sell live animals as well as pet stores that do NOT sell live animals. Please remember to include the location of these pet stores. A list will then be compiled to help all of us make guided and informed decisions. 

Together,  we can make a difference... 

Together, we can put an end to puppy mills!  

Friday, July 27, 2012


Pet Food & Feeding: Personal Ruminations
                                      Article By Dr. Michael W. Fox 
                                      Photos by AWAM

The big, multinational pet food manufacturers---a subsidiary of our non-sustainable and increasingly toxic agribusiness industry, --- and still far too many veterinarians, tell people not to feed their pets human food. ‘Dog food is for dogs, cat food for cats--- all scientifically formulated and properly balanced for health and maintenance’ is the constant refrain.  

What goes into manufactured pet foods of the kind that concerns us here are ingredients that food scientists and engineers have put together from the byproducts of the human food and beverage industries and fast food restaurants that recycle used cooking oil and baked goods into pet food. These kinds of pet foods and pet snacks soaking in sugars, salts, and propylene glycol, are akin to the junk, convenience and fast foods that are now being recognized as causing and contributing to a host of costly and disabling diseases in consumers. 

 I am an advocate of whole, organic foods that are biologically appropriate for the species. Food for Dogs is different from “Dog Food”---it’s human food quality, but with less grains, ---and none for cats. Food for cats is not the same as food for dogs because cats are different physiologically and are obligatory carnivores. Many cat foods are not biologically appropriate because they are primarily based on plant by-products like corn gluten, wheat  ‘middlins’, rice bran and soy. 

I learned my first lesson about manufactured and adulterated human food at the age of nine when my dog Rover developed running fits, racing through the neighborhood in absolute terror, shaking and having petit mal seizures and snapping at flies that he seemed to imagine were chasing him. I too was terrified, but I caught him, carried him home and sat with him in a dark place to help him calm down. He began to improve after he had vomited several times.

I later learned that he had stolen a loaf of white bread from a neighbor and it had been bleached with the chemical called Agene---nitrogen trichloride--- that causes running fits in dogs. So much for human junk processed foods! My parents only bought real bread—whole wheat, Hovis, locally baked.

Then as a vet student I worked on sheep farms and learned what sheepdogs were usually fed--- a porridge of flaked maze.  I did a survey and found that many of these hard working dogs developed a debilitating disease that the shepherds called Black tongue, canine pellagra. Some got better around lambing time when they could eat the afterbirth placentas. This provided a vital source of tryptophan, the precursor to niacin or Vitamin B3, a deficiency of which was shortening the lives of many sheepdogs, even national trial champions!

Many of the coal miners in my part of northern England kept greyhounds and whippets, and they put linseed oil in their food to make their coats shine---we call it flax seed oil today—the latest pet food industry ‘discovery’ additive to sickening dry dog food, sixty years later. 

The miners would also put a small lump of yellow rock sulfur in their dogs’ water bowls that they felt was good for their joints and protected against distemper and other infections. Modern science is rediscovering the values of such old folk medicine.

The pet owners in those days would get part of their dog and cat food from the local butcher---lights (lungs) green tripe, and other nutritious trimmings and organ parts that were fresh and un-processed. Dogs would have knuckle-bones to chew on---best thing for their teeth and joints, because the cartilage included nutraceuticals like chondriotin and glucosamine that are the latest discovery to go into manufactured pet food formulations---sixty years later. 

The most common nutritional problem in those days was secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism seen as crippling rickets in dogs, and osteoporosis/osteogenesis imperfecta---in cats, easily corrected lack of calcium deficiency in the diet. Skin problems were fixed with fish oil or linseed oil, or by not giving cats any seafood, or dogs with diarrhea, horse meat.

When pet food ingredients were whole and simple, so were the nutrition-related maladies and solutions. Now, the multiple, fragmented, depleted, denatured, bleached, and once or twice already processed and cooked ingredients made from the byproducts of the human food industry, and synthetic additives, nutrition-related maladies and solutions are more complex and costly than ever. The nutritive value and healthfulness of meat, dairy, and poultry products are likewise jeopardized by food industry byproducts being recycled into their feed. 

Veterinarians are charmed by the pet food industry seminars, scientific reports and lavish grants to their colleges that advance our understanding of nutraceuticals, like the new pet food ingredient miracles of  Taurine , L-Carnitine,and Omega fatty acids; nutritional genomics or nutrigenics, and nutritional epigenetics. The end product is more special diets, prescription-only formulations for specific health problems that arise predominantly from dietary deficiencies, imbalances, and related intestinal dysbiosis.

We should be wary of this kind of reductionism that continues to justify testing pet food ingredients and supplements on cats and dogs in contracted laboratories around the world. There would be no need for such continued animal testing, long-term cage-confinement and suffering, if whole food ingredients of known origin and content were used to make wholesome food for pets and people alike. 

Now all the super-antioxidant nutraceuticals and other supplements that are being put into new and improved manufactured, convenience foods, especially healthy snacks, beverages and pet foods, are a prop, a science-based piece of quackery when the basic diet of most consumers---20 million of whom are morbidly obese in the US alone,---and of our dogs and cats---remains unchanged.

How much have we really learned about dogs’ nutritional wisdom and behavior after 40-60,000 years of domestication? They often eat dirt, feces, grass, elm tree sprouts and leaves and other herbs for good reason, not simply because they are sick, want to make themselves sick, or simply have a depraved appetite---pica. 

Pet owners are discouraged from allowing their dogs and cats to eat ‘dirt’---usually high mineral clay or rich, loamy humus, and various grasses, especially Couch and Bermuda grass. But these are rich sources of nutraceuticals, trace minerals, and even pharmacologically identified medical benefits (notably for some hepatic, digestive, urological and inflammatory conditions). The feces of deer and rabbit are packed with probiotic bacteria, and with prebiotic substances and substrates also in the grasses, that may help prevent intestinal dysbiosis in dogs and cats confined indoors or otherwise confined in unnaturally sanitized environments; and unable to self-medicate by eating herbs and soils---and different prey parts of choice!

Much pet food research has focused on making the inedible palatable, and the incomplete or non-nutritious ingredients complete, ‘balanced’ and ‘fortified’ with synthetic additives. The end result is a sickening chemical feast for pets that their kind of profit driven science, funded to find efficient ways to recycle slaughterhouse, food and beverage industry wastes, actually applauds. The pet food industry has convinced many veterinarians, and veterinary associations, that pet foods are not a cause of animals becoming ill, and that cereal-based dry foods are fine for cats.

As for my own veterinary ethos, I am a critic, since I advocate bioethics.  I acknowledge that it is easier to be critical rather than constructive, to find fault rather than to find remedy.  But I and my co-authors of NOT FIT FOR A DOG, Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins and Prof Marion Sharp, have applied reason and critical thinking in our efforts to remedy the cat and dog health problems associated with many popular brands of manufactured pet foods. The denial and ignorance, as well as the bad science that stand in the way of reform and progress in the pet food industry, we have confronted dispassionately and non-judgmentally as concerned and informed professionals. 

Those who may feel misjudged, or who deny the validity of our documented concerns, must be held accountable for the continued and unnecessary health problems and suffering of companion animals from improper diets, many of which are sold world-wide for profit by veterinarians.

The pet food multinationals pour hundreds of millions of dollars into advertising, into support of animal shelters and adoptions, veterinary colleges, lectureships,  research, conferences, seminars, cat shows, dog shows, and the American Kennel Club. One of the biggest, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, along with two drug companies, gave the AVMA $4.5 million in 2008, this same pet food company giving $ 5 million soon after to a Canadian veterinary college. We need not wonder why it has taken so long for the connection between pet foods and pet health problems to be recognized. 

This is like digging into a hornet's nest, but we must not lose perspective---it's the big multinationals using nutritional science and advertising to recycle the hazardous and potentially harmful waste of the cosmetics, food and beverage industries into livestock feed and pet foods, with added ingredients from the drug industry, and contaminants from the petrochemical- agrichemical, pesticide industry. 

Now more evidence is accumulating that demonstrates how much healthier livestock and poultry are when fed organic, biologically appropriate feed than what they are fed according to industry standards; and on how nutritionally inferior, even harmful (e.g. because of omega 6 excesses and vitamin A deficiencies) the produce is of conventionally fed rather than organically fed farmed animals.(The situation with farmed salmon is deplorable, the feed given leading to dioxin accumulation in the fish, and increased susceptibility to sea lice and disease).

After reviewing the testimonials of pet owners that attest to often spectacular improvements in animals’ health and wellbeing once they are taken off these kinds of highly processed, food-industry based by-products filled with synthetic additives, I am convinced that veterinarians applying an evidence-based medical approach to pet health problems will be gratified when there is due attention given to what the patients are being fed, and appropriate dietary changes are prescribed.

So long as the kinds of pet food being put on the market shelves continue to be biologically inappropriate and potentially harmful to cats and dogs, the veterinary profession as I see it, is not serving the best interests of companion animals by remaining silent on this issue. But many are breaking away from the hypnotic mantra which they were conditioned to incorporate as students that main-stream pet foods are scientifically formulated and are therefore good. 

Consider that over the past 20 years of his holistic veterinary practice Minnesotan Dr. Will Winter, for instance, has observed and effectively treated his client’s pets with a natural diet of raw meat and greens. And, in so doing, he has helped foster many important and lasting changes in dog and cat well-being, including:’ beautiful gums and teeth and fresh breath; shiny coats with less shedding and dandruff; less allergies for people in the house; healthier ears; a drastic reduction in fleas, ticks and lice; smaller stools, cleaner litter boxes and less urine; less inflammation of the anal glands; and, overall calmer, more centered and vibrant pets’.

There are many veterinarians now following suit, but in the mainstream this holistic approach of integrative veterinary medicine that regards nutrition as the cornerstone of health care maintenance is seen as either quackery or not needed because there’s nothing wrong with manufactured pet foods because they have been scientifically formulated. It concerns me that some veterinarians and many pet owners are seduced by the pseudo-science of manufactured pet foods that have nutraceutical additives that claim medical benefits, as for fur balls in cats, obesity, heart, joint and skin problems, not unlike the health claims made on the packages of main-stream sugar coated  cereals and ‘health’ snacks. 

A bag of pet food, (that could be a year old before it is opened), bearing the label claim of containing chondriotin and glucosamine, good for the joints, or L-carnitine, good for weight control, and omega fatty acids, good for the coat, give the false impression of being special, ‘improved’, while the basic ingredients are no better than any other highly processed junk pet food. Such supplements, of dubious therapeutic levels in the food, are at best a gimmick, and worse, a cover-up window-dressing for pet food formulations deficient in essential nutrients.

When I shop for my two-and four-legged family I always look first for the USDA Organic Certified label first. Then I look for other good signs like Natural; No Chemical Preservatives or Artificial Coloring; No By-products; G-M Free or No GMOs; No Irradiation/Radioisotope Treatment; Humane; Free Range; grass Fed; No Hormones or Antibiotics. The more processed, denatured and adulterated the various ingredients are when it comes to prepared meals and ‘convenience’ foods for pets and people alike, the more synthetic additives there will be in the formula.

For more details on the problems with manufactured pet foods and its adverse effects on companion animals, see Not Fit For A Dog:  The Truth About Manufactured Dog And Cat Food by veterinarians Dr M.W.Fox, E. Hodgkins, and M.E.Smart, published in 2008 by Quill Driver Books, Sanger CA.

Michael W. Fox, BVetMed, PhD, DSC, MRCVS is a member of the British Veterinary Association and an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has doctoral degrees in ethology/animal behavior and medicine from the University of London, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1962. In 1961 he was awarded the gold medal and Fellowship of the Royal Veterinary College Medical Association for his report on the effects of poor nutrition on the health of working sheepdogs, ( published in the J. Small Animal Practice, 5:183-192, 1964). Spending most of his professional life in the US as an advocate for animal health, welfare and rights under the flag of One Medicine, One Earth, he has published over 40 books and writes the syndicated newspaper column Animal Doctor.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


By Dr. Karen Becker
As of May 21st, over 100,000 people have taken the “No Pet Store Puppies” pledge in a campaign sponsored by the ASPCA as part of its ongoing battle against puppy mill cruelty.
The campaign was launched in July 2011 to raise awareness about the link between pet stores and puppy mills.
The ASPCA’s goal is to reduce the demand for puppy mill animals by helping pet owners understand that most of the dogs sold in pet stores were purchased from mills.
The No Pet Store Puppies campaign urges consumers to completely avoid pet stores that sell puppies and online dog sellers. They want pet owners to purchase pet products only from stores and online outlets that do not also sell puppies.
According to the ASPCA:
Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Refusing to buy a dog from a pet store is a crucial first step. But we’re also asking all pet owners not to buy anything in stores that sell puppies! No kibble, no kitty litter, no toys—nothing! By purchasing anything from a store that sells puppies, you are unwittingly supporting the puppy mill industry.
Also in May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new rule1 to increase federal oversight of puppy mills and online dog sales. The new legislation would require large-scale commercial dog breeders who sell puppies directly to consumers to be licensed and submit to inspections by the USDA.

Supply and Demand

It’s a simple formula: where there is demand for a “product” like puppies, suppliers will fill that demand.
That’s why the ASPCA is focused on educating consumers not only about the connection between pet stores and puppy mills, but also about the impact of patronizing businesses that sell puppies – even if all you’re buying is a squeaky toy or some kitty litter.
“Consumer action is a critical element in the fight against puppy mills,” according to Laurie Beacham, ASPCA senior director of strategy and campaigns. “And convincing consumers not to shop for anything at stores and on websites that sell puppies is a powerful tool in stopping the demand for puppy mill dogs.”

How to make a difference in Malaysia:

AWAM has setup an online pledge which we hope you will sign. When you click the "Take the Pledge" button, you will be making a personal commitment NOT to purchase anything from pet stores that sell live animals. You will only be accountable to yourself if you break this pledge.
You’ll also see tools to help you spread the word by sending an email, sharing on Facebook, or Tweeting your pledge.Our target is to reach 5000 pledges. Together we can make a difference. By simply pledging not to buy from pet stores that sell live animals, you can help put an end to puppy mills.

Additionally, we would deeply appreciate it if you could leave a comment on this page, stating any pet stores that sell live animals as well as pet stores that do NOT sell live animals. Please remember to include the location of these pet stores. A list will then be compiled to help all of us make guided and informed decisions. 

Together,  we can make a difference... Together, we can put an end to puppy mills!

To start the ball rolling:

  1. Most veterinary clinics carry supplies and do not sell live animals
  2. Casa - Your Doggy's Favourite Store, 72-G Jalan PJU 5/21, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara
  3. D.O.G. Cutting Edge, 55-G Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara 
  4. Diva Pets, ‎25 Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/7B, Section 7, Putra Heights
  5. Furkids Forever (online)
  6. Pet Epicure, 16 Jalan Bandar 2, Taman Melawati, KL
  7. Pets Corner, Wisma Medivet, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
  8. Pets People, 28, Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim
  9. Pets People, Lot P-1-5, Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas
  10. Sea Park Pet Supplies, SS2
  1. Irene Aquarium, Sea Park 
  2. Pet Lovers' Centre, Ikano
  3. Pets Wonderland, all branches 
  4., all branches
  5. Pets4u Trading, 6 Jalan Puteri 5/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong
  6. Pets4u Trading, 46 Jalan Desa 1/1, Bandar Country Homes, 48000 Rawang,
  7. Summerpets, SS2 
*Please do let me know if any of the pet stores listed above have been wrongly classified. Thank you.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


This little kitten was rescued by Michelle Tan yesterday evening. She ran into the middle of the road and luckily Michelle could stop in time. Michelle has taken her home and is currently looking after her. 

Kiki is very young still, possibly only a couple of weeks old. This sweet kitty has been named Kiki and is looking for her forever home because Michelle lives in an apartment with a strict no pets policy.

So if you have a Kiki shaped hole in your heart, please contact Michelle to adopt Kiki.
Tel: 016 212 5775