“My religion does not say that I cannot go an extra mile to save animal lives,” said Leah Rosli who is a Muslim dobi owner that shelters stray dogs.
This lady has gone viral on the internet after she printed and stuck on her shop’s door window with two friendly notes about the dogs in her laundrette in Puchong, Selangor.
One notice warns customers ahead that there is a stray dog inside the laundry shop and it directs those who are uncomfortable to go to another laundrette.
“We are currently saving this innocent dog from the dog catcher since they will be put to sleep/kill if they’ve been caught.”
“We understand that you will feel uncomfortable with this situation and you are welcome to go to other laundry, thank you,” the second printed note reads.
According to The Star, the 35-year-old dobi owner was very worried after she noticed the municipal council’s dogcatcher circulated the area to catch strays.
Leah said she has been feeding five stray dogs every day in front of her dobi and was worried that her canine friends will be caught.
“I feared the dogs would be caught and euthanised by the local council.
“If this were to happen, I don’t think I would be able to handle my emotions,” she said.
Leah was overwhelmed by a strong determination, she did what other Muslims would not expect, which is to protect the animal that is deemed forbidden in her religion.
“My religion does not say that I cannot go an extra mile to save animal lives.
“Furthermore, it is easy to sertu or samak (do ritual cleaning) as there are readymade clay soaps available in the market for that purpose,” she said in case the dogs ever made her dobi to their toilet.
She also noted that she would rather lose her customers than losing her four-legged friends.
Her kindness on the dogs has received many praises from netizens.
“Used to see some post from foreign country and now finally I feel proud to say that my country does have some great shops who will care for the stray dogs too”, one wrote.
Another netizen commented, “Appreciate your noble effort in saving the strays. All the best to your laundrette.”
“I’m a Muslim and I might not go to this laundry due to the dog’s presence, but honestly I’m glad the owner did the right thing. I hope the dog won’t be a victim of a cruel dog catcher. Respect to the lady who is very caring toward the animal,” another said.
You can go visit Rea’s Laundry at No. 30, Jalan Wawasan 5/2, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor or even contact them at 017-245 5618.
Thank you for your kind heart!
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