Thousands of dogs and cats in Borneo have no owner to feed them or provide them with a safe place to sleep. When they are ill they have nobody to care for them meaning they are not able to get the treatment they need. Under these conditions, many would live just a few years during which they would struggle to survive.

IAPWA has worked in Sabah, Borneo since shortly after we were established in 2009. Our work has involved providing a lifeline to the many dogs and cats in need of help in the following ways:

Neutering, vaccinating and providing veterinary care to over 12,000 dogs and cats throughout Sabah

Providing veterinary services to the local animal welfare community to aid the dogs and cats they rescue and support

Finding supportive homes for hundreds of dogs and cats who are struggling to cope on the streets

Delivering outreach campaigns to provide veterinary support in remote communities within Sabah

Managing the Government Dog Pound (DBKK) in Kota Kinabalu from 2014 through to 2022

Delivering a range of education, awareness and community engagement sessions to the public

Contributing to the changes in animal welfare legislation throughout Sabah, Borneo

Providing emergency support where needed such as assisting with rescues and flooding evacuations

Supporting a sun bear sanctuary with some needs for their facility to help those they rescue and care for

Joy Lee , Borneo Programme Manager

Joy lives with her two rescue dogs and has over 15 years’ experience in international animal welfare specialising in Dog Population Management (DPM). She previously worked as Senior Programme Manager for Humane Society International where she was responsible for their DPM projects in Asia, and World Animal Protection where she was their Member Society Development Manager, overseeing DPM issues in Eastern Europe.

Snowie's Story

Brave boy Snowie was rescued from the streets of Borneo with a severe case of the skin disease mange. This poor boy had sores all over his frail body and was incredibly weak and nervous when he first came into our care.

The good news is that after many months of veterinary treatment and support, Snowie is now such a happy, healthy dog who loves making friends with both dogs and people alike. Snowie has even found his forever home where he will now spend the rest of his days surrounded by a loving and supportive family after all he has been through.

Thank you to all of IAPWA’s supporters for giving dogs like Snowie a second chance in life.


Some of our other patients who now have a bright future thanks to this programme

Achievements in 2021

Despite many challenges, we’re proud to not only have continued the lifeline we provide in 2021, but to enter 2022 feeling positive about this project and the exciting developments we have planned moving forward. Some of the highlights from our work in Borneo in 2021 include:

Continuing our Veterinary Services
Continuing our veterinary services lifeline throughout the pandemic
Successful Adoptions
Finding homes for 60 dogs who would otherwise have struggled to survive on the streets
Supporting Others
Continuing to provide support to the local animal welfare community with the animals they rescue and care for, including a flooding evacuation
Project Strategy Planning
Creating an exciting strategy for our work in Borneo which we’re looking forward to sharing with you within this page shortly
IAPWA Borneo floods

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