4PAWS Penang

Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) is a registered, not for profit organisation founded by animal lover and advocate, Barbara Janssen.

We need volunteers for our shelter. Come and join us. Show your love by donating either monetary, skills or items. Learn more about 4PAWS Malaysia through the FAQ section.

Adoption Program

Take a look at all our furry friends here that are waiting to be adopted by a lovely family. Stop buying from pet shop and start adopting..


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Read about 4PAWS and Barbara’s work in the media here:

Penang Animal Welfare Society, Dog Friendly Penang, 16 August 2012

Mission to Save Strays, The Star Online, 25 April 2008


And here a nice film on youtube made by Grandma's Chicken Pants, all the way from levitra malaysia States

 Contact us to find out more about 4paws and our activities.


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It is at the discretion of the society to decide whether it can accept a particular dog. Due to the shelter does not confine dogs in cages, it has to ensure that only dogs that are vaccinated are accepted into the shelter. This is to prevent stray dogs that carried diseases such as distemper to infect the other happy and healthy dogs at 4PAWS. The society requires all pet owners and dog rescuers who want to leave the dogs at 4PAWS as the last resort, to vaccinate the dogs and also to pay for the neutering. 4PAWS can provide care and rehabilitation for the dogs until they find permanent homes. For those dogs that cannot find their forever home, 4PAWS will provide continue care. As such, 4PAWS burden is very high. 4PAWS seeks the kind understanding of pet owners and animal rescuers to at least help 4PAWS to cover the initial cost of getting the animals ready for shelter life by paying for the vaccination and neutering cost. Procedures:

  1. Dogs send to clinic after consulting with Barbara
  2. Vet carries out medical check and vaccinates
  3. Rescuer or owner pays for the vaccination cost
  4. If the dogs cannot be neutered yet, 4PAWS will take in and neuter them when times come. Rescuers/pet owners pay directly to the vet in advance or to 4PAWS account (Maybank 507143333153) for the dogs neutering cost and email 4PAWS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. 4PAWS accepts the dogs.
  6. Adoption of dogs

We currently have over 620 dogs at our shelter waiting for their forever homes.

All of our dogs have been vaccinated and wormed. The adult female dogs are all spayed.

We don’t charge an adoption fee for our dogs, only ask that you make a donation of an amount at your discretion. This helps cover some of the costs of getting them ready for adoption including worming, vaccinations and vet fees.

We welcome you to visit our shelter to meet the beautiful dogs all waiting for permanent homes. Every time a dog finds their forever home we’re able to make room to rescue more dogs.

Contact us to make an appointment.


4PAWS makes every effort to assure that adoptable animals are in good health. It is possible, however, that undetectable illnesses or conditions may be present or incubating at the time of adoption. Therefore, 4PAWS does not make any guarantee as to age, behavior, breed, health, temperament or ultimate size of any animal. By adopting an animal from 4PAWS, you agree that you will not hold the Penang Animal Welfare Society or any of its staff, volunteers or affiliated persons liable for its condition or health, including illness or injury and subsequent death.


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Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) is a registered non-profit dog rescue organisation founded by animal lover and advocate, Barbara Janssen.

The aim of the society is to provide a home for stray and abandoned dogs in Penang where we are able to provide care and rehabilitation until they find their permanent homes.

The society has a no kill policy and provides continued care for animals whose age or disability may make them less likely to be adopted.

There are currently over 620 dogs in our care at Teluk Bahang. All of the dogs have been found on the streets of Penang. Many are puppies where their mothers were unable to care for their young, dogs that were abandoned by their owners or have been injured in road accidents or those that left to die from severe wounds.

Our hope is that through paper writer the society we are able to contribute to the management of the stray dog population in Penang and give these beautiful animals the love and happy life they deserve.



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In 2005 I moved to Penang from Hamburg with plans for a quiet retirement. I bought a nice apartment and soon after rescued my first two stray dogs. I become increasingly aware of the severity of the stray dog problem in Penang, an issue I’d not come across in Germany.

After rescuing a third dog  I soon realised that apartment living was no longer suitable to a life in Penang with dogs. I sold my apartment and moved into the first of many rental landed properties. Over the next four years my furry family increased from three to 24 dogs.

Finally in 2010, I was shown a property that could put an end to my problems with neighbours and be a long term residence for my dogs and I. The house for rent had no doors or windows and was full of rubbish. A good friend helped me see the vision for what the property could be in the future.

Saving abandoned dogs from the streets and helping them find a loving home is one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences I’ve had. It was a proud moment when 4PAWS officially become a registered charity in 2011. 4PAWS is not-for-profit so becoming a registered charity means I’m able to accept donations from generous contributors that helps me rescue and re-home more dogs.

My dream is that one day 4PAWS will own the house and land so the property can become a permanent sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs in Penang.



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"My dream is that one day 4PAWS will own the house and land so the property can become a permanent sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs in Penang." -Barbara Janssen