Whether you’re looking to adopt a pet or for a place to volunteer, this list of animal shelters in Malaysia is for you!
According to Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia, the number of stray animals in Malaysia has increased by 70% since the COVID-19 pandemic began. These strays need our help, now more than ever.
If you’re not able to adopt, you can still make a difference by donating, sponsoring a pet, or volunteering your time. If you have a pet of your own, you can also support shelters that offer grooming services or sell pet items.
Please note that we are not endorsing the shelters on this list. We only seek to compile information on these animal shelters for your convenience. We suggest that you do your own research to make the best informed decision.
Let’s take a look at these animal shelters in Malaysia:
1) Second Chance Animal Society (Hulu Langat)
What began as a rescue of 12 puppies at a wet market in 2009 is now a no-kill animal shelter that houses more than 500 dogs. At Second Chance Animal Society, they believe in giving abused and abandoned dogs a second chance.
Their mission is to rehome rescued dogs, and they truly walk the talk! To date, they’ve successfully rehomed 50% of the thousands of stray dogs they’ve rescued in Selangor.
2) Meowy Cat Shelter (Penang)
Established by Pauline in 2014, Meowy Cat Shelter is a sanctuary for abandoned kitties. This Penang-based shelter strives to heal injured cats and find them a loving home.
With a 5/5 rating on Facebook from over 100 reviews, Pauline and her team are described as extremely loving towards their hundreds of fur babies. The place is clean and well-maintained, and a great choice if you’re looking to adopt a cat in Penang!
3) Woo & Meow Animal Shelter (Hulu Langat)
Operating since 2013, Woo & Meow Animal Shelter is a true doggy paradise for its 300+ furry residents. The shelter is spearheaded by Kim, a 65-year old woman that treats each dog as if they are her own children.
In a recent interview, Kim mentioned that despite using up her money to take care of the dogs, she won’t give up on them. Her strong love for the animals is apparent and she hopes to continue giving them the best life possible.
4) Homeless & Orphan Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.) Shelter (Johor)
Housing over 3000 dogs and cats, Homeless & Orphan Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.) has one of the highest stray intakes of all pet shelters in Malaysia. This 100% no-kill animal shelter was founded by Aunty Jia Jia back in 2008.
Their core missions include rescuing and rehoming stray animals, and raising awareness on pet ownership. Due to the sheer number of animals, their monthly expenses go up to hundreds of thousands of ringgit each month! If you’re able to, do consider donating to keep their fur babies fed and healthy.
5) SPCA Kota Kinabalu (Sabah)
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or better known as SPCA, brings together a group of animal lovers to care for stray cats and dogs.
Established in 2016, SPCA aims to fight for animal rights and educate the public on responsible pet ownership. Reviewers were happy to find that the space is well-kept and the pets have space to roam around.
6) Cat Beach Sanctuary (Penang)
In the fishing village of Teluk Bahang, Penang, you’ll find a beach full of feline friends. Welcome to Cat Beach Sanctuary — the beachside home to 300 rescued cats!
Expatriates Barbara Janssen and Teviot Fairservis transformed an old wooden house on the beach into a haven for stray cats in 2014. Now, it has expanded into an educational centre and tourist attraction for travellers and pet lovers alike.
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Tue-Sun; 11am-4pm Mon
Contact number: +6017-575 3419 / +604-881 1015 / +604-881 1122
Address: 778 Jalan Teluk Awak, MK 2, Teluk Bahang 11050, Penang, Malaysia
Website | Facebook | Instagram
7) Shelter for Abused & Abandoned (Kedah)
The Shelter for Abused & Abandoned hopes to raise public awareness on animal issues and care for vulnerable animals.
This Kedah-based pet shelter is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless. They also help to enforce all animal-related ordinances in the Sungai Petani area.
8) KL Pooch Resort and Rescue (Kerling, Selangor)
Located 70km above Kuala Lumpur, KL Pooch Resort and Rescue is both a non-profit dog boarding facility and adoption centre. The resort offers spacious kennels, grooming services, and even a swimming pool for your doggies to cool off!
Originally from Australia, founder Shannon Lam decided to stay in Malaysia to create a safe space for stray dogs. The centre offers dog boarding as a way to sustain themselves. This way, they don’t have to rely completely on public donations.
The next time you go on holiday and need someone to look after your dog, consider sending your furkid here so they can have their own mini vacation!
9) PAWS Animal Welfare Society (Petaling Jaya)
At PAWS Animal Welfare Society, you can choose to adopt one of their 500+ dogs and cats, or even of their rabbits! This non-profit animal shelter has been running since 1987.
Based on online reviews, visitors note that the shelter lacks proper funding, so do consider donating to help them out! Volunteers are also very welcomed, whether it be for only an hour or the entire day.
10) Katzen Cat Sanctuary (Shah Alam)
Cat-loving sisters Suraya and Shariza decided to open Katzen Cat Sanctuary in 2011. It is now a no-kill feline sanctuary for sick and old cats.
Known to be selective with potential adopters, the sisters will conduct a thorough interview and a home visit as part of the screening process. They also check in on the cats every now and then to ensure that the kitties continue to receive the best level of care.
Bonus! 11) MyForeverDoggo
While MyForeverDoggo is not technically an adopter shelter, we wanted to give them a big shoutout.
If you have not heard of MyForeverDoggo, they are a shelter-neutral and free service platform that aims to give every dog their individual chance to shine, regardless of age, colour, breed and size. They photograph dogs at their shelters, edits them and then uploads them onto Instagram for potential adopters to pick from.
If you’re thinking of getting a pet, we hope you’ll consider adopting and giving these animals a forever home. Most, if not all, are vaccinated and spayed/neutered before being put up for adoption. They deserve as much love as any other pet!
Before committing to a dog or cat, make sure to read about the important things you need to know for pet ownership.
As a pet owner, you should plan ahead for unexpected pet expenses. Consider Oyen Pet Insurance, which provides annual medical coverage of up to RM8,000*!
The insurance plan covers everything from vet consultation visits to surgical fees to third-party damage fees and more! With its extensive coverage, you’ll find all you need to keep your furry one safe and your mind at ease.
If you have any animal shelters to recommend, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
*Policy terms & conditions apply
All information shared above is true at the time of writing. If you find any inconsistencies or inaccuracies in the information above, do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for us to amend it immediately.