A charity that helps street dogs in Borneo has launched a fund-raising appeal to help expand its project.

International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) took over the management of the dog pound in Kota Kinabalu – a region with an estimated 10,000 stray dogs – in July last year.

In April, IAPWA was named Charity Team of the Year at the Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare in recognition of its work, which, to date, has seen:

  • 1,038 dogs neutered
  • a further 78 dogs given additional veterinary care and treatment for a range of wounds, injuries and disease
  • 252 puppies and adult dogs rehomed with local families

Now, IAPWA wants to double the size of the dog pound – an expansion project Karen Churches, the charity’s director of fund-raising, said would cost a total of £10,000.

She said: “Thanks to the generosity of two supporters in Kota Kinabalu, we have just constructed the concrete slab foundation and completed the first phase of works. We now need to raise £8,500 to pay for phase two of the project – the purchase and installation of the roof and 30 dog cages. As IAPWA receives no government funding, we desperately need help to achieve this goal.

“The sooner we reach our fund-raising target, the sooner we can increase the number of stray dogs we help each month.”

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