Nicky Stevens

Posted February 20, 2010

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My name is Nicky Stevens and I'm the co-founder of a non profit animal welfare organisation called IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals). We are based in the UK but provide help for companion animals in Sabah, Borneo. Following a trip to Borneo last April, we were shocked to see the condition of many of the dogs and cats there who face many difficulties each day in a struggle to survive. The cruelty that many of the animals have to ensure is horrifying.

Since the charity has been established we have provided hope and protection to lots of animals in need. We are currently raising funds to build a veterinary clinic to deal with the overpopulation problem and to provide free treatment to animals that have no-where else to turn. We are also working closely with a local welfare group to raise funds for a shelter for those that have been so traumatised that they are unable to cope on the streets and are looking to run responsible pet ownership clinics and education programmes as part of our long term strategy.

We have just returned from our last visit during which time we stopped building work being started on a dog pound that was due to be built which was a huge success given the awful conditions dogs are forced to live in throughout similar pounds in Malaysia. We have instead been offered this land as part of our humane solution. We also met with government officials who are open to us discussing ways forward with all of the districts of Sabah and The Veterinary Department who have invited us to review the animal welfare laws in the country.

We have made great progress since we were established and work tirelessly and voluntarily to make a difference to the animals that need help. To enable this project to move to the next step we would be really grateful for any support you could provide.

Please visit our website, joined our IAPWA facebook group or donate through

We would be grateful if you could pass this message to all of your animal friends and help to spread the word about our cause and the animals that need our help.

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