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Monday, May 04, 2009

Pulau Ketam sent 300 stray dogs to a remote island to starve to death. Please help with rescue!

The residents of Pulau Ketam sent some 300 stray dogs to exile on a remote island where the harsh conditions almost certainly guarantee a horrible death. Of the 300 dogs sent there, more than three-quarters are presumed to be already dead. I traveled to the island with Sabrina Yeap of Furry Friends Farm and managed to save only one dog on this reconnaissance trip. We did see several other starving and dying dogs along the mangrove shore.

I am mounting an urgent rescue mission to capture and transport the remaining survivors back to Sabrina's Furry Friends Farm animal shelter. But time is running out and there might be only skeletons and carcasses left to collect on our next trip. Boat hire is expensive there. It is a tourist area and it has already cost me a few hundred ringgit for boat hire alone, so far. The rescued dogs cannot be transported on the regular ferries.

Almost nobody will lift a finger to help without a fee. This is understandable. The locals are already shaking their heads in disbelief that there are outsiders who want to save the animals they so casually discarded. Instead of pointing fingers and antagonising them, we need their co-operation to help save the unfortunate creatures. In the process, we also hope to educate the islanders on better treatment of animals. It would be an impossible mission if we didn't win their hearts.

If you are unable to help directly, please help by forwarding this appeal to other compassionate folks who you feel might be able to make some monetary contributions.

Apart from boat hire, we need money to buy cages, to pay people to help catch them, to hire land transport to send the rescued animals to veterinary clinics, pay for vet fees, send the recovered ones to the shelter and to feed and house them for life. I can go on!

To donate or help, e-mail TV Smith at or Sabrina Yeap at

Fellow bloggers, you can also help by embedding the appeal poster above to your blog and linking to

We are aware it is a monumental task and appreciate all forms of support, assistance, suggestions, encouragement and your prayers.

Thank you and don't forget to view the pictures of the dogs in order to appreciate their plight.

TV Smith

3rd May 2009


  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger kasey said…

    Hi Shoba,

    I couldn stop crying when i read about this news yesterday. It is so inhumane and cruel..

    I have emailed Sabrina about offering help and at the same time, my friends are assisting to pool donations for the rescue aids. Hope these can get to the dogs in time.

    Also, would like to share with you that this news has gone international. You can find more information from here :

    i) Associate Press


    Hope we can get more help from all who really care about 'Life'

  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    I understand, Kasey. I went with Sabrina and TV Smith to one of the remote islands where these poor dogs were dumped.

    While we were on a Kelong nearby looking out for the dogs to come out of the mangrove swamps, we heard many dogs wailing all at one time. It was not barking but a desperate, mournful, cry from the soul. It was heart-breaking.

    Thanks for sharing the link. Animal rescuers are saying, "haven't we been saying all along to spay and neuter?

    "We've spoke to the government, NGOs, anyone who is in a position to carry out spay and neuter campaigns on a large scale, change laws to force pet owners to spay and neuter, but no one listened.

    "And now these poor dogs are paying the price."

    Animal Rescuers are ordinary citizens holding regular jobs. They are forced into this rescue because the govt institutions and and NGOs who are supposed to look into the welfare of animals have failed to do their job, especially in the area of "Education" and "laws" to protect animals.

  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Kasey, could you drop me an email with your telephone number? Just want to discuss a rescue aid matter with you.


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