Save A Life - Pulau Ketam Dogs Rescue Campaign

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Dog lovers be warned - this story is sure to anger, upset and make you want to do something to help.

The quaint Malaysian fishing village of Pulau Katam is a typical Chinese village. There are coffee shops, old temples and narrow streets. But unline other Chinese village, there are no stray dogs wandering the village roadways.

The villagers have been rounding up all of the dogs that live on the island of Pulau Katam and shipping them to a nearby island that is deserted. This island is a mangrove island with such harsh conditions that no people live on it. The Pulau Katam villagers do not care that all of the dogs face a long and painful death-they are only happy to be rid of them and could not care less what happens to the poor creatures they are forcing to live in such a horrible place. The muddy, poisonous snake infested island is a death trap for any intruder.

There is a group of people, namely SPCA Selangor Animal Inspectors and Save A Stray (SAS) founder Jacqueline Tsang who are doing all they can to rescue these poor dogs. Upon their first trip to the deserted island on May 6, 2009, they saw a group of dogs standing on the shoreline of the island. As their boat inched closer, they saw several starving dogs eating the remains of another dog who apparently had died of starvation. Nearby they saw more dogs-all were starving and mulling around, looking for anything at all to eat. The sight was shocking and sickened the rescuers.

The rescue group have vowed to do whatever they can to get onto the island and somehow capture the dogs and return them to the mainland for rehab and care. It will not be easy, considering the dangers involved, plus the dogs will not trust those trying to help, as they have been betrayed by the humans to took them there.

The dogs that are too sick and weak will be euthanized on the island, so that they will not have to suffer any longer. The dogs that can be rescued will be cared for and fed daily and will be neutered and given new homes. The estimated number of dogs that are on that little island is around 300, although no one knows for sure of the number.
The villagers of Pulau Ketam say that the stray dog problem has gotten so far out of hand, that they felt they had no choice but to exile the dogs. The say too that they did not want the dogs to be caught and then killed, so they thought the smart thing would be to take them to another island. How wrong they are! The villagers have now agreed, however to cooperate in sterilizing both stray and pet dogs that remain on their island, so hopefully this is the last time it will happen there.

If you would like to help, the SPCA and SAS is asking for contributions. The money donated will go toward hiring boats to get to and from the island, for buying dog food, medical supplies and dog cages needed for transporting the poor creatures back to civilization.

You may also contribute by sending money. Just email the SPCA at to ask how you should go about making a donation.

If you have a blog, kindly write a blog post about this to tell the world. Also, you can link to this article by placing a widget (as above) at top right corner of your blog.

Copy & Paste the code below before the < /head> tag of your web.

<script language='JavaScript' src=''
type='text/javascript'> </script> <script
language='JavaScript' type='text/javascript'>

Save a Life!


Photos: Joyce

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8 Responses to "Save A Life - Pulau Ketam Dogs Rescue Campaign"

Kellaw said :
May 14, 2009 at 10:11 PM
eh no credits to me for the link? hahaha
Jacob said :
May 15, 2009 at 12:56 AM
@Kellaw : Haha, serious?
Anonymous said :
May 15, 2009 at 1:45 AM
poor dogs...i long posted an entry on our ADS blog about it before dog-ing posted..

upon reading up this entry on dog-ing, i came across the "Save A Life" widget and pasted it on ADS's blog too...

hoping that this will help and save these poor dogs..

ADS From Singapore
twYANGziie said :
May 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM
Poor dogs!!
Those people's got no heart it seems "/
Hopes the dogs get rescued or something soon .
LimPek said :
May 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM
really kesian them la..haha
LimPek said :
May 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM
can we exchange link?
jason86 said :
June 11, 2009 at 9:52 PM
jacob~nice blog u got...waiting for ur link exchange
Laksa said :
July 31, 2009 at 7:10 PM
Stupid ketam villagers, send their children to that deserted island instead la....... wondering what's wrong with these people? Maybe they not human.

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