So I guess it happened again, I did a second turn of volunteering with dogs. This time I have relocated myself to the wonderful Malaysian island of Langkawi and will stay at an animal shelter here for the coming two weeks.
Another animal shelter
The Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary Foundation (LASSIE) is situated on the west side of the island quite close to the popular Cenang Beach and accommodates around seventy dogs. It is a live-in shelter and I am offered food and accommodation in exchange for my time working with the dogs during the days. A pleasant surprise when I arrived was that the shelter is placed next by and have the same owner as the nice resort Bon Ton. This for example means that we have our staff meals in a very nice environment looking out between the palm trees on a small lake with pink lotus flowers.
Living in a cage
On the picture you see my two new room mates Mammy (brown) and John-John (black and white). And yes, we all live behind a fence. But I guess the difference is that I can open the door…. These dogs have been at the shelter for many years; Mammy was found around the airport area under some cars and John-John was dumped by someone in the front of the shelter. There are so many different stories of how animals end up here. The additional challenge for animal aid with dogs in Malaysia is that the Malays don’t have a culture of liking dogs, many are afraid of them and many think that dogs are “dirty”.
“I like it when good unexpected things happen.”