AFTER almost one-and-a-half years and countless obstacles, canine welfare group Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better’s (MDDB) sanctuary for rescued dogs is almost ready.
“We have completed all the building structures as well as put in water and electricity.
“We now need to carry out the final touches,’’ said MDDB director Ivy Liew.
She said they required RM65,000 to pay workers’ wages as well as to buy materials to complete the job.
“We have to complete the project within the next few weeks so that we can move our 165 dogs there.
“Our dogs are cramped in several locations currently and it is not healthy for them,’’ she added.
Most of the dogs, said Liew, were puppies that MDDB rescued over the years.
“The puppies were in very precarious situations when we found them and even though we held weekly adoption drives to find them homes, no one wanted them and they are now all adult dogs,’’ said Liew.
She added that MDDB also had many disabled dogs that needed space to move.
“Currently they share space with our young able-bodied dogs that are mostly hyper with much pent-up energy,’’ said Liew.
She said the senior dogs hated the mayhem caused by the youngsters, that they would give them a nip or two whenever there was a chance.
“One of our seniors, Rocky, who is a tiny fellow, often ‘voices’ his displeasure whenever the young crowd gets a bit rowdy.
“Another senior dog that is vocal and demonstrative of her displeasure for the young ones’ bad behaviour is Pavitra Pavalova.
“She ‘disciplines’ them by growling whenever she has a chance and this is not good for her nor the young dogs and so we have to have this shelter done quick,’’ explained Liew.
The overcrowding also causes distress to the special dogs as it restricts their movement. MDDB has some 40 dogs that have various disabilities.
“Our young hyper dogs need space as well and we will only be able to complete the sanctuary with public help.
“Please help us provide a good home for our rescued dogs,’’ said Liew.
Those who wish to help MDDB complete its sanctuary can write to mddbsanctuary@gmail or Whatsapp or SMS 012-2501497.