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

Sad farewell for animal lover

Source: The Star, 21 July 2012 by Wani Muthiah

SHAH ALAM: Renowned animal rescuer Sabrina Yeap was taken on her final journey to the Nirvana Memorial Park accompanied by two of her most favourite rescued dogs shih tzu Meow Meow and Pulau Ketam hero mixed-breed dog Kuning.

Kuning was among the 400 dogs dumped by Pulau Ketam residents on a mangrove island in 2009.
The dog had swam out to a nearby fishing pontoon and started helping Furry Friends Farm (FFF) rescuers to lure dogs out of the swampy island.

A team of therapy dogs, which were trained under FFF's Dr Dog programme, were also present at Yeap's cremation yesterday morning.

Loyal buddies: Yeap’s friends and furry pals gathering in front of her cortege before leaving for the cremation.
Yeap's ashes were later scattered in the sea off Port Klang.

One of FFF's international volunteers John Landon, who flew in from Melbourne, Australia, to attend the funeral, broke down in tears as he spoke about Yeap, who died of leukaemia on Tuesday.

“She was the hardest working person I have ever known and I never imagined that this would happen to her.
“She had also done a lot of nice things for me and I will miss her very much,” added Landon, who will remain here for a few weeks to help oversee FFF operations.

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) rescue coordinator Irene Low said her organisation would always be grateful to Yeap for the help she had rendered.

“When we started off in late 2008, we had very little. Sabrina gave us 50 bags of dog food and paid off our RM10,000 veterinary bill to help us through.

Yeap's ashes being strewn at sea after the cremation.
“MDDB will always treasure her for that thoughtful and kind gesture,” said Low, who led the MDDB entourage yesterday.

Feline rescue group Stray Cats Rescue and Treatment Community Help (Scratch) founder Suzana Sulaiman, who flew in from Penang, said the animal rescue fraternity had lost a valuable member.
“It's a very sad day for all of us,” Suzana said.

FFF volunteer Victor Chee said he had started helping out at the sanctuary with his brother William and mother Jennifer Ng after Yeap took in a stray dog that they rescued three months ago.

“Although she had many dogs to take care of, she did not say no and that was why we decided to volunteer at the sanctuary,” Chee said.

Yeap, who was orphaned when she was just a month old after her parents died in an accident, did not have a single relative in Malaysia.

Her doctor father and her mother had eloped to Malaysia from China and lost touch with their families.
Yeap grew up in a temple and her 200-odd dogs, 150 cats and countless loyal friends were her only family.

Meanwhile, FFF spokesman Myza Nordin said arrangements were being made to consolidate the sanctuary's operations.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friends and canines attend Yeap’s wake

Extracted from The Star, 20 July 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Hordes of people and more than a dozen dogs paid their last respects to animal rescuer Sabrina Yeap at the Nirvana Memorial Centre here yesterday.

The memorial centre's management decided to allow dogs to the wake because canines were very near and dear to the founder of animal sanctuary Furry Friends Farm (FFF).

The canines that were brought to the centre included two that were trained to be therapy dogs under FFF's Dr Dog programme.

The two dogs, Dr Kylie and Dr Samm, spent the entire morning at Yeap's wake.

Sad goodbye: Rover, aged four, which was adopted from FFF, paying his last respects to Yeap at the Nirvana Memorial Centre  in Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. The canine was named by Yeap.
Other dogs present were those adopted from FFF and other rescue groups, such as Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) and Garden of Eden (GOE), as well as pets that accompanied their owners.
Yeap died of leukaemia on Tuesday. She was 49.

According to FFF volunteer Wendy Goh, Dr Kylie was one of Yeap's favourites due to her calm demeanour.
The Dr Dog programme was special to Yeap and she took much pride in ensuring that the dogs went on to serve the elderly and special children as therapy dogs, said Goh.

She said the founder of the Dr Dog programme, Dr Jill Robinson, had given her blessings to continue the programme in Malaysia.

Among those who paid their last respects was independent rescuer Connie Foong, 56, who had helped Yeap during the Pulau Ketam dog dumping tragedy a few years ago.

Foong was among Yeap's core group of rescuers who had removed dogs that were dumped by Pulau Ketam residents on a nearby mangrove island.

Foong said it was unfair that Yeap had died at such a young age.

“She sacrificed her life for dogs and was a role model to all animal rescuers,” Foong said.

FFF spokesman Myza Nordin said that the dogs at the sanctuary were safe and in good hands. She dismissed as unfounded vicious rumours that the dogs were now in a limbo.

“This is untrue and we hope that those who are spreading these rumours will stop immediately. Please show Sabrina some respect,” Myza said.

Yeap, an orphan, leaves behind 200 dogs, 150 cats, countless friends and admirers.


Thursday, July 19, 2012


 Hi all,

Please note that SPCA is also now an authorised food collection centre for FFF, in addition to and D.O.G. Cutting Edge pet store. 
Here is a screen shot of the official statement issued by SPCA on their Facebook page.


For those of you who are unable to make it to the Sabrina Yeap's wake, I just thought that I would share a picture from last night. For those who would like to pay their last respects to Sabrina, here are the details of the memorial service:
Wednesday, 18 July, 2pm onwards (3 days, 2 nights) @ Nirvana Memorial Centre, No. 1, Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sg. Besi, KL. Funeral Parlor No.13 (Rose)

Friday, 20 July, 10am Shah Alam Crematorium (Nirvana)

P/S: For more information, please contact Myza Nordin @ +60163717692

Additionally, here is an update from the volunteers at Furry Friends Farm. Please check their Official Facebook page for the latest updates and information.  

To avoid any confusion or misleading information on Farm matters or Sabrina's passing,Myza Nordin will be the official spoke person of Furry Friends Farm, until the new Management/Comittee is finalised.

With regard to the donation message posted earlier, please note that Cherishlife Home is no longer the collection point for Furry Friends Farm. To avoid any misplacement of money, we would appreciate receiving only dog and cat food for the time being, until a proper committee is set up, which is very soon.

Please do not make your donation to any unofficial personnel or organization (other than the ones listed here on our FB page). We wish to curb any unscrupulous individuals trying to take advantage of the situation. If unsure, please feel free to contact Myza Nordin @ +60163717692.

For those who wish to make a donation to Furry Friends Farm in memory of Sabrina and for the furry kids at the farm, please bring your dog food to OR purchase your dog food at the following places:

    Jalan SS3/39, Petaling Jaya. 
    55, Jalan PJU 5/21, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya. 
    Tel: 0166048356

We accept only dog food (no cash) and please state that the donated dog food is for Furry Friends Farm.

We deeply appreciate your support!


Extracted from Free Malaysia Today

Dogs put down in violation of MPAJ by-laws

G Vinod | July 18, 2012
Five cannies and four puppies euthanised without observing seven-day grace period.


PETALING JAYA: A police report was today lodged against the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) for euthanising homeless dogs in breach of the council’s own by-laws.

M Siva (pic), 33, lodged the report at the Pandan Indah police station at about 7pm yesterday. He was accompanied by his wife T Uma.

Siva said that there were five homeless dogs that used to loiter around his apartment at Bukit Pandan Bestari that went missing last Thursday.

“The dogs are friendly and many of us feed them ,including the security guards at my apartment. I was attached to one particular dog that looked like a Golden Retriever,” said Siva.

When asked about the dogs disappearance, Siva said that the security guards informed him that the canines were caught by local council officers.

Siva, an executive in a multi-national company, called up the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) the following day as he wanted to adopt the dogs and found out that that it was not City Hall that caught them.

“I realised that if it was not DBKL it must have been MPAJ. So I called up the office on Saturday morning but they were closed,” he said.

On Monday, Siva said that he called up MPAJ again and was attended to by an officer who went by the name Amy Fadhil.

“He told me that he’ll call me back but he didn’t. I called once more and insisted on some information. He transferred my call to another officer by the name of Vijay.

“He confirmed that they caught the five dogs together with four puppies. And to my horror, Vijay told me that all the dogs were put down on Saturday, the day I first called,” he said.

Outsourced to third party
Angered by the news, Siva and his wife went to MPAJ in the afternoon and checked with the local council’s legal department on their regulations in dealing with stray animals.

Siva claimed that he found out that MPAJ by-laws stipulate that dogs caught by the council must be kept for at least seven working days before deciding the next course of action.

He later confronted Amy and Vijay but claimed that the duo ended up blaming each other. The officers even accused a doctor employed by the MPAJ for the killings.

Siva was also livid when the officers refused to reveal details on how and where the dogs and puppies were to sleep, citing confidentiality.

“The officers simply told me that they outsourced the matter to third party, meaning they engaged private dog catchers to deal with strays,” said Siva.

Unhappy with the outcome, Siva said that he will consult his lawyers to get a court order to get the dogs’ carcasses.

“I may try get the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) to conduct a post-mortem on the carcasses to find out how they were put down,” he said.

Selangor DVS deputy director Dr Fadzillah Radan, when contacted, said that she had not heard of the case but added that MPAJ should have followed its own by-laws in dealing with the dogs.

“Even then, the dogs must be put to sleep under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian,” she said.
FMT could not reach Selangor exco for local council affairs, Ronnie Liu for comments.

Read more:


21/07/12 UPDATE: AWAM has donated a small amount of RM500 towards Benji's medical treatment.

To 3rd Party Account Number:     162852016172
Account Holder Name:     TERESA CHIAN LI KIM
Status: Successful
Reference number: 1665840868
Transaction date: 21 Jul 2012
Transaction time: 23:18:08 

Please help Teresa raise the rest of the funds required for Benji's recovery.


We have just received an appeal for help from Teresa Chian for Benji, a dog that she rescued recently. This is a genuine call for assistance, and we would appreciate it if all of you can help chip in, even if it's only RM10 or RM20. Every little helps.

Please take a moment to read Benji's plight and help Teresa raise funds for his medical treatment. 

On July 1st, Sunday, a beige dog was found crying and dragging his hind legs across the back alley of our neighbourhood in Old Klang Road. He seemed confused with his current condition and tries to run with his pack but could not keep up. A few neighbours spotted, cornered and rescued him.

We named him Benji and he was sent to Dr Goh Kim Siang in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong. After getting an X-Ray, we found out that his hind legs are paralysed (deep pain) due to spinal injuiry (fracture) and nerve damage. 

Dr. Goh suspected that he got ran over by a vehicle, either car or motorbike. Benji has a good chance of recovery due to his young age and natural 'fighting spirit' from being a street dog.. He is recuperating well under the Vet's supervision. After the first month, Benji will undergo acupuncture and physiotherapy treatments. After the second month, we hope Benji will be strong enough to take his first step to learn to walk again. 

So far, Benji has good appetite and is good natured. He is able to defecate on his own although he cannot always control his bladder and need help with emptying his bladder on a daily basis. Once he has recovered and is able to be fully mobile again, I hope to find him a loving home.

Due to the escalating costs of caring for a dog with special needs, I would like to appeal to you for financial assistance. Benji needs to raise an estimated amount of RM2,000++ for 8 weeks of boarding, treatment, acupuncture and physiotherapy. 

Updates on Benji will be posted whenever possible on the Help Benji page.
How to Donate
1) Bank in donations to Teresa's Maybank account
     Account Number: 1628 5201 6172
     Account Name: Teresa Chian Li Kim

2)  Logon to Help Benji to donate via PayPal

Once you have made a donation, please leave a comment on the Help Benji page with the following information:

1) Any name (or anonymous) that you feel comfortable being published
2) Where you are from i.e. Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ipoh or Singapore. 
3) The amount of your donation

Thank you for your support. 
Teresa Chian

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Update from Furry Friends Farm representative:


Dear all,

With regard to our earlier posting, we would like to invite you to join us in paying our last respect to Sabrina Yeap in the following memorial service.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2pm onwards (3 days, 2 nights) @ Nirvana Memorial Centre, No. 1, Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sg. Besi, KL. Funeral Parlor No.13 (Rose)

Friday, 20 July, 10am Shah Alam Crematorium (Nirvana)

We look forward to your attendance.

Thank you.

P/S: For more information, please contact Myza Nordin @ +60163717692


Sabrina Yeap, founder of Furry Friends Farm, has passed away this afternoon. She will be deeply missed by all animal lovers in the country, and most of all by the dogs who were in her care. Rest in peace Sabrina.

For those of you who would like to help the dogs at Furry Friends Farm, please check the official Furry Friends Farm Facebook page for updates.

Official Statement from FFF Representative; Myza Nordin:

Dear family and friends of Furry Friends Farm,

We're sad to inform that at 2.50pm today, we lost our beloved founder, Sabrina Yeap, who spent her whole life devoted to saving animals in need and promoting animal rights, and most of all, establishing the Furry Friends Farm.

We will be providing more details on the memorial service and wake in a short while.

Note: Please do not entertain any donation request from any unofficial personnel.

For more information, please contact Myza Nordin @ +60163717692.

May you rest in peace, Sabrina. We miss you.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Jack is a very sweet tempered 4 month old puppy rescued by Paul and Diane. He is now ready to be adopted and is looking for his forever home.

He is well behaved, doesn't nip or bite, or jump on people. He also gets along well with other dogs.

If you would like to adopt Jack, please contact
Paul @ 016 907 6062
Diane @ 012 278 9667

Jack has been vaccinated but is currently too young to be neutered. He must be neutered after he is adopted.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


It is common practice to vaccinate all our pets on a yearly basis. However, should our pets really be vaccinated yearly?

Friday, July 6, 2012


UPDATE: These kittens have been adopted.

These 4 kittens are at the Faber Tiara Condominium (Taman Desa, Off Old Klang Road).

The management of the condominium have caught them and will dispose of them if they are not removed to foster care by tomorrow 7th July.

If any of you can foster/adopt all of them or one of them, please email

* Food and neutering costs will be subsidised for foster carers.


6 Jul, 11am - Female beagle found in Ampang Jaya near SPCA. Currently in SPCA. Please claim her from there if she is yours.