A Shelter for Strays


Folks at 4PAWS do their best to shelter and care for abandoned dogs.

Amid lush greenery on a two-acre piece of land in Teluk Bahang, the excited barks of hundreds of dogs greeted me on my arrival. Choong Koon Yean, the vice president of the Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS), was getting her registration counter ready. It was a Sunday, and Sundays are busy days at the shelter. It is open to the public then.

The story of 4PAWS, a no-kill not-for-profit animal shelter that houses stray and abandoned dogs, began in 2005 when Barbara Janssen, a German retiree, rescued two puppies from the roadside. She did not stop there, and over the years, the number she gave refuge to grew to over 600.

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