The long standing animal shelter, PAWS (Paws Animal Welfare Society) has been providing home, food and love for the stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Malaysia for almost 27 years.
Now, a sudden eviction notice has arrived for PAWS which requires them (a shelter with 400 dogs and 200 cats) to relocate to another place within 14 days!
PAWS received the notice on 10 November 2014 from the Petaling Jaya District Land Office but the notice did not reveal the reasons as to why they need to do so.
According to The Sun Daily, PAWS Shelter Manager, Edward Lim claimed that they are not aware of any development in their area. He stated that the shelter is not prepared to move the 600 animals within such short notice and the authorities are supposed to help them find a new place for the animals.
Founded in 1987, PAWS was constructed on a patch of land owned by Sime Plantations on the Subang Airport Road and has been providing necessary service to the people and animals around Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam.
“The land for the Animal Shelter was originally provided by Sime Plantations Berhad. The eviction notice and certainly the 14 day notice came as a complete shock to us,” said the President of PAWS, Nicholas Au on Facebook.
Au also added, “It is disheartening that the authorities did not call PAWS for any prior discussion or at least give PAWS reasonable advance notice of their plans.”
PAWS even posted an appeal on their Facebook page in order to gain the support of the people:-
According to their post, PAWS are requesting to the authorities for the following:
- New land allocation for PAWS to rebuild its Animal Shelter and continue its work of providing assistance and sanctuary to abandoned, injured and unwanted animals.
- A reasonable timeline for PAWS to relocate the animals to the new location.
For now, there is no response from the Petaling District Land Office on the matter.