Volunteer at an animal shelter on the tourist island of Langkawi, Malaysia

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lassie, logo, animal shelter, langkawi, malaysiaLangkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie) in Malaysia, currently houses neglected, abused and needy animals. We no longer run the trap, neuter and release programme and hence shifting our focus on the well being of our residents.
You can help us by volunteering in your free time, walking dogs, spending time with the cats, adopting your pets from us, donating toys, treats, medicine, building materials, food, and money.

We are aided and supported by the beautiful Bon Ton and Temple Tree resorts with whom we are neighbors, as well as China House which brings food, arts and culture together in Penang.

What type of host are you?
  • Organization/NGO
What are you looking for help with?
What’s the mission of your community?

We would like to help reduce the number of strays on Langkawi by neutering when we have funds but most importantly we would like volunteers to help socialise with our shelter animals so they are more people-friendly and their lives can be made better in a shelter environment.

How many volunteers could you host?
  • A couple of volunteers
When would you need volunteers?

All year long

How many hours of help per day?
  • 6 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
  • 6 days per week – 1 day off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations

We welcome you if you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, hardworking, mentally and emotionally strong. Some days can be challenging and some are just repetitive. So please come with an open mind.

Are accommodation and food included?

Yes, we offer food and accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide?
  • Dormitory/shared rooms
  • Private room for a couple
Diet – nutrition information

Our staff lunch normally consists of 1 meat and 2 vegetable options. We have had vegans staying with usand they were fine with the staff food offered.

Fees transparency

Volunteering is free

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?

No, we cannot help with Visa but we can offer assistance

Volunteers’ benefits

Malaysia is a multicultural country with great opportunities to meet and to interact with people of various backgrounds, creeds and walks of life. The way animal shelters are run here might differ a bit from other shelters in the region and you will be learning a lot about the great things that can be done to make our furry friends’ lives better, but also about the limitations that we face every day in our actions.
The premises need to be maintained and cleaned, and sometimes even decorated, so you can help us to make our shelter as welcoming as possible.

What to do in the free time

Langkawi is a large island off the northeastern coast of Malaysia, three hours away from Penang by ferry and not very far from Thailand waters. There is a holiday feel to the island as this is one of Malaysia’s premier tourist destinations. Our shelter happens to be just ten minutes away from the most touristy beach on the island, Pantai Cenang. There are many tour operators offering watersports activities, nature tours, and even ziplining. You can easily rent a car or motorbike during your off days to venture around the island. You can be sure that you’ll get to enjoy the relaxed ambience of the place.


English and Malay


Langkawi is a tropical island. It is mostly sunny but certain times of the year we get rain.

How to get to your site

To get here, you can fly in via Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air. It is an hour’s flight. Alternatively, you can fly in via Singapore which takes 90 minutes.
If you are on a budget, there is a ferry from Penang to Langkawi which takes around 3 hours. Alternatively, you can arrive from Kuala Kedah (90 minutes), Kuala Perlis (75 minutes), Satun (75 minutes), Koh Lipe (90 minutes).

Once you get to the ferry terminal or airport, you can get taxis or Grab to the shelter which is in front of the Bon Ton Resort. So just tell your driver to take you to Bon Ton Resort.

Is there internet access?

Yes, but not very strong.

“Paying guests” Option. Could you accommodate “solidarity” tourists?

Maybe. This needs to be discussed via e-mail


Hostname: Langkawi Animal Shelter (LASSie)
Host Email: langkawilassie@gmail.com

Author: Voluntouring staff

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