This is one of those hard-to-forget stories about love, strength, courage, and purpose; Mak Intan is an amazing woman who embodies each of those characteristics while taking care of her family of 500 dogs. The dogs wouldn't be able to survive without Mak Intan and by the same token, Mak Intan may not be able to survive with them.
“Ayah is no longer around. We will all miss him but he will always be a part of us so we have to be strong.”
Those were the words of Halijah Idris, 68, or better known as Mak Intan to her 500 dogs she and her late husband had been taking care of for the past five years in an animal rescue shelter in Jalan Tanjung Bendahara, Taman Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Star, Kedah.
The approximately two-acre shelter is divided into a few sections; dogs that are born with disabilities, sick dogs with special needs, normal and healthy dogs and also a pen for puppies.
Of all the 500 dogs she and her late husband, Azmi Ismail or better known as Pak Mie have been caring for, one female dog, a pure white mixed breed dog of two and a half years old, waited anxiously next to its master’s hut, waiting for the return of Pak Mie.
According to Mak Intan, Shanice the dog was Pak Mie’s favourite as he had rescued it when she was just a pup even before her eyes were open.
“Pak Mie would spend a lot of time with Shanice and would bring her along in his car each time he went out,” she recalled.
Pak Mie made the news in 2013 when local authorities threatened to allegedly evict him from the shelter, located along a river and opposite a paddy field.
He made headlines for going against the Muslim norm of regarding dogs as “haram” and rescued hundreds of stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Alor Star.
Read the full story and see more pictures here: The Rakyat Post
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