SK turns 14 today and it's my birthday tomorrow. Knowing how we both love dogs, CH arranged for us to visit a dog's sanctuary in Johor, Malaysia yesterday as a birthday treat. As SK didn't quite know what to expect, he decided not to go but when he saw the photos of our trip, he was filled with regret. It's ok, we can always bring him in future.
Yesterday's trip was organised by Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary to raise funds for the upkeep of the animals at the shelter. We arrived in three big coaches to find the sanctuary situated on 10 acres of lush terrain, it's truly a Shangri-la to happy free-roaming dogs, cats and horses.
I was thoroughly impressed with the founder's effort to home the animals in a very natural and peaceful environment. Because of them, many strays or homeless dogs are today living a happy and healthy life in a beautiful sanctuary.
Every dog here has its story. Some were found with maggots in their body. Instead of being put to sleep, they were rescued, treated and nurtured back to health. One dog named Bicycle was unceremoniously dumped by his owner some years back. Another beautiful dog was onced owned by a bed-ridden lady who was so improvished but loved her dog so much that she shared her meagre meals with the dog until some volunteers brought it to Noah's Ark.
I've never been surrounded by over 400 dogs in my life. The dogs were all so friendly and well behaved, the feeling of being so close to them was incredible!
This dog was checking me out once I entered the premises.
Max, the friendly Rottweiler, loves planting kisses on unsuspecting people.
"Xiao Bai" (Little White) was among the 4 dogs rescued and sent to the sanctuary by this kind old man who went back to visit them. One of the dogs was so thrilled to see the man, he kept jumping with joy and clinging onto his arm. It was such a touching sight.
Don't you think this cute little Jack Russell looks like Rusty?
Cat sunbathing at the patio.
These are too adorable!
In every nook and cranny.
Lush and natural environment for the dogs to roam freely.
I've never seen so many dogs living so harmoniously together in my life!
This is one of the 4 horses there. He used to be a racehorse.
CH's friend Leng, an animal lover who volunteers at the sanctuary.
The rustic environment even has water features and pavilions for the dog's enjoyment.