Help us create a paradise on our Island Cat Sanctuary and cat shelter in Malaysia




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    Dear beautiful volunteer souls... We need you!

    This is a project created by a wonderful man named Luke, in Pekan Royal Town, Pahang. He is an avid animal lover, and opened an animal (mostly cat) shelter to provide stray and unwanted cats with a proper home, sufficient medical treatment, and ultimately, give them the love and care that they deserve.

    The long term goal of this project is to create an idyllic animal retreat on a nearby island, where the cats (and other furry friends including dogs, geese and goats) can roam and live freely. Currently, there are a few buildings on the island - including a lovely floating house - and lots of work is being put into preparing the space for more animals to move over to this little piece of paradise. We need lots of help and support from volunteers (building, repairing, clearing) to make this dream a reality.

    Volunteers who join us can offer support in three main areas:
    - Working in the shelter to care for the cats, geese, ducks and goats
    - Helping in the charity shop to raise vital funds for the shelter - (NOTE: The charity shop is not currently operational)
    - Working on the island to build the guesthouses/ shelter facilities and care for the animals who already live there

    We ask for a two week minimum stay. This gives you enough time to learn the work routine and also to get to know the animals.

    Long term volunteers are greatly appreciated because they can really get to know the needs of the animals that we have here and generally get more involved in Luke's project.

    Any volunteers with vet or vet nursing experience, we would be really grateful if you joined us!!

    Unfortunately, Luke has not been well, so he really does appreciate the support that volunteers provide in taking care of the day to day running of the shelter as well as assistance in fixing and maintaining the buildings/ cat houses etc.

    So, if you are an animal lover, self motivated and are prepared to put time in to making a difference then this is the perfect place for you. If you have any questions about the project then just drop us a message and we will get back to you.

    We truly appreciate any support that you can offer and look forward to welcoming you to the family!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn a lot about the life of stray cats in Malaysia, and how and what to do to help them and how to take care for them. You can learn to give medication and to love them unconditionally. You can learn how to reuse building materials.

    Luke is an extremely generous and kind person. He will try to make you feel like at home.

    The work is not hard and you only need to work a few hours a day if you wish, but be prepared to see very poor and sick animals. The first moments are not easy, but the animals will give you so much love in return.

    Pekan is a small town about 40km from Kuantan. There are different museums, the Abu Bakar Palace, and also some beaches around the town.

    Luke will invite you to events that may be going on while you're there such as weddings, open house, lunch, outings, etc. They offer a great time with wonderful people.

  • Help


    Volunteers who join us can help in lots of ways and all help is greatly appreciated.

    Here are some of the key jobs that volunteers support with:

    Working At The Shelter

    The shelter is currently home to approximately 50 cats, 2 geese and 6 ducks. This is where volunteers will spend a lot of their time and there are injured and sick cats here. Humans cannot catch anything from the cats, but you must be comfortable working with them and prepared to help them get better. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for cats to die, and this is something that you may experience and have to deal with while volunteering here.

    Some of the daily tasks include:

    - Feeding the animals twice a day (8am and 5pm)
    - Cleaning the shelter areas for the animals (including poop picking!)
    - Checking the health and well being of every animal
    - Giving medicine (if you feel comfortable with it)
    - And, of course, cuddling and playing with all the lovely cats!

    And sometimes, we:
    - Fix/ build little houses for the cats
    - Carry out repair work on the shelter walls
    - Paint shelter


    Working at the Charity Shop

    The charity shop is just next to the shelter and sells clothes and other items for one ringgit in order to raise money for the animals. Currently it is not in operation. We are waiting for a time when we have plenty of volunteers who can spare some time towards it.

    The tasks at the charity shop include :

    - Sorting clothes that have been donated
    - Organising and tidying the store
    - Serving customers


    Working on the Island

    The island is a beautiful and serene location, where lots of work is taking place to creating a retreat for animals and humans alike. Seven dogs, around twenty cats and two goats already live on the island, with more joining them soon.

    If you like the great outdoors, and really do like nature, this is the perfect place for you. The island is 80% covered by jungle and is full of wildlife like monkeys (2 different species), otters, wild pigs, buffalo, sun bears, monitor lizards, eagles, civets and much more.

    Now that there are several animals on the island that need daily attention, we like somebody to stay on the island every night. Volunteers should take turns to go there and sleep the night. Therefore, we ask all volunteers to be prepared to spend at least a few nights a week on the island. We would also like volunteers to go to the island to help out just for the day every now and then.

    There are a few rooms to stay in, but there is no mains electricity (though we do have some solar lights and a generator) or running water. Fresh drinking water is brought to the island every day and there is a well for water to wash with.

    If you are up for an adventure then this will suit you very well! The island is a peaceful paradise where you will be surrounded by nature and all kinds of animals.

    Tasks on the island include :

    - Fixing and building
    - Clearing grass areas to create space for the animals
    - Feeding the dogs and cats
    - Walking the dogs
    - Helping to move more animals over to the island
    - Gardening
    - Many other mini projects


    Working on Advertising and Crowdfunding

    Luke would like to build awareness and raise funds for the shelter through crowdfunding online. We also have a Facebook and Instagram account so volunteers take responsibility for this and post lots of great pictures of the animals during their stay.

    While there are some things that need to be done every day, this list is really just a guide to the sorts of things that you might help with. The shelter is an exciting place to be and every day is different so as long as you are prepared to help out with anything and spend time with the animals then you will have a wonderful time!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Malay - English

  • Accommodation



    The accommodation is fairly basic but very comfortable and equipped with everything you need. There are four rooms, each with their own bathroom and fan:

    - x 2 double rooms
    - x 2 twin rooms

    There is a shared kitchen and living space with a gas stove, fridge and pots and pans so that you can prepare your own food. Volunteers sometimes cook all together or go out to eat (the food out is very cheap), but it is also fine if you would prefer to fend for yourself.

    Pekan town centre is a short walk away (about 12 minutes), and there you will find several nice (and cheap!) places to eat including an Indian mamak style restaurant serving 1 ringitt roti canai, as well as the usual nasi goreng, mee goreng and other dishes. In addition, there is also a Thai restaurant nearby and plenty of other places to eat Malaysian cuisine. If you prefer western food, Pekan has a Pizza Hut, a KFC and a McDonalds.

    There are a couple of cheap supermarkets and markets every Wednesday and Saturday to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Pekan also has two 7-11 stores and a 2 ringgit shop which sells everything under the sun for...wait for it... just two ringgit!

    There is no WiFi at the guesthouse so we recommend that you buy a Malaysian SIM card if you want to stay connected. These can be purchased from most phone shops, and decent packages start at around 30 ringgit for one month.

    There are also a couple of bikes that you can borrow if you want to explore the local area.


    The island has a cafe/kitchen communal area and a few other buildings which have beds in.

    The kitchen has a twin gas stove, so you can cook once there. Just note, no electricity means no fridge, so you have to plan ahead what you take there to cook. There is no running water on the island, but there is a well that supplies water from the surrounding Pahang River.

    There is also a proper toilet, not just a hole in the ground :)

    There are a few rooms (singles and doubles) available to stay in.

    As there is no electricity, there are no fans in these rooms. However, we do have some solar lights that you can use once the sun has gone down. There is also a solar power bank harnessing the power of the sun - so USB devices (like a USB fan?) can be recharged. The island receives lots of sun.

    The island is only a 15 minute drive from town, so it is easy to pick up daily supplies if you need to stock up while you are staying there.

    Vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters... everybody is welcome!!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you come from Kuala Lumpur, there is a direct bus to Pekan operated by Utama Express twice a day ().

    You can buy your ticket online, but they don't accept cards from banks outside Malaysia.

    It's easier to buy them at TBS Terminal.

    You have to ask to the driver to stop at Lama Bus Stop in Pekan, which is 3 minutes walking from the Shelter. It is best to buy your ticket at least one day in advance.

    From Kuala Lumpur: you can take a bus from KL to Kuantan. And take another bus from Kuantan to Pekan.

    Pekan is also in the road between Perhentian island and Tioman island so it's a good place to have some rest during your journey and to help us a few hours a day.

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    A little more information

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    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, 7 days a week (meals not included)

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