Many of my colleagues know me as the ‘father of the cats’. We get a lot of stray cats taking shelter at our hostel, mostly ‘dumped’ by their masters thinking that the ‘gerai’ (malay for stalls) next door is a good dumping place for unwanted cats. Although it might be true that the cats are capable of scavenging for leftover or unwanted food there, it is also a place filled with bacteria which leads to all sorts of commutable disease for them. It is made worst by the fact that there are so many strays there, they just transfer their disease to one another, especially mange. A few of them, for whatever reasons unknown to me, maybe they just don’t like the conditions there, flock towards our hostel for shelter, which are fed by me.
Be that as it may, I’m actually a lover of pets, not restricted to just our feline friends. So when PAWS Miri announced that they will be having their regular dog-a-walk, I immediately checked my calendar, and was delighted that I am able to attend the event for the first time ever.
PAWS Miri (short for Piasau Animal Welfare Support) is a non-profit organization aimed to reduce the number of stray animals in the ultimate goal to have a stray-free Miri. PAWS Miri has grew and expanded since 2008, totally on donations and sponsorships from individuals who share the same love for animals.
It was a bright and clear day, a menagerie of clouds littered in the skies. Perfect for a walk out at the beach. When I arrived, a few four-legged friends were already there, accompanied by their two-legged best friend.
So many different breeds all gathered together on this bright sunny afternoon.
Just like their sapiens friends, these canines also get a chance to make new friends. Since they do not have hands to shake like the sapiens do, they touch noses and smell each other as their way of a friendly greeting.
Various colourfu souvenirs and merchandise are also available for purchase. The funds from these purchases are one of the ways in which PAWS generate income, although a small one.
Our fearless leader decides to give a helping hand to the little ones, beckoning the others with the little ones to do the same.
For many of them, walking in water is no big deal. Been there, done that.
Whereas for the first-timers, they would just react the same as any human being would: It starts with him stopping the friend from going any further and just get ‘down-and-dirty’ to have a dip in the water.
Walking a dog is an easy thing to do, just follow his lead. This was the first time my son experienced walking a dog.
Our four-legged friends posing with their two-legged best friend.
As the sun sets into the horizon, everyone took their time to enjoy their last few moments walking their best friend.
The many different tired but happy faces.
The fearless leader wastes no time. She is already discussing and planning out the next big event of PAWS Miri: the PAWS Dogathon where dog owners will walk their dog around Miri City to raise funds for charity and the PAWS Doggie Show which will include many competitions such as the obedience, musical chairs, agility, dress-up and eating competition!
Many photo opportunities for people to take a picture with other pets.
Pipi is up for adoption and is currently, one of the many strays taken care of by PAWS Miri.
A big kudos to the team of PAWS Miri for a splendid job trying their best to keep Miri city free from stray. They need all the donations and sponsorship that they can get, that and not to forget the moral support for their continuous fight to rid of strays and to instill awareness and educate everyone about responsibilities of having a pet with the ultimate goal of showing how these lovely furry friends need our love and support. Please take some time to have a look here for other dogs that need a home. You might just be the next best friend for one of them!