“A Stray Hero,” the story of Pak Mie

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A Stray Hero from Hisyam on Vimeo.

Mohammad Azmi lives in a country where dogs are considered taboo, filthy and un-Islamic.  Azmi sees dogs in a different way, and his amazing story is being told in a short documentary called “A Stray Hero”.

Azmi, who is fondly known as Pak Mie, and his wife live in Malaysia, a country that doesn’t see the value of dogs. “They are usually looked down by the Malay-Muslim community, but little do they know that dogs are the closest friend a man can get,” said Pak Mie. For twenty years he has been helping the stray animals in Malaysia. To date Pak Mie and his wife have rescued more than 600 strays.

Their love for the animals they save is unconditional. They spend their savings to help these dogs and often go without so the animals can get what they need. “No matter how much money we have…we would spend it on them, not ourselves,” said Pak Mie.

They couple has pawned all of the wife’s jewelry to help feed the stray dogs.  They sleep in a car parked outside the shelter to make sure no one harms the animals at night. For them the sacrifice of a normal life is worth it to save these special animals. “The most special animal in this world are dogs, and we can’t find it in any other animal,” said Pak Mie.

Despite their generosity and good deeds towards all the animals they have saved, many in the Malay Muslim community look down on them and criticize them for caring for these animals. Pak Mie and his wife know they will never get anything in return, but they plan to continue their work until they die.

For more information on Pak Mie and his work visit his Facebook page (managed by his son) and a blog about his shelter.

13 thoughts on ““A Stray Hero,” the story of Pak Mie”

  1. Need to help them..They currenly facing a crisis of land ownership. Where land occupied Pak Mie likely to be vacated by command authority.Pak Mie need to manage migration shelter site to other sites at least until the end of May 2013 this..Please Do spread this news to help this couple.

  2. 9 Going on from that place, Jesus wet into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

    11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

    13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.

  3. PayPal will no longer accept donations for Pak Mie’s shelter. Pls go directly to his Facebook or Blog if you want to donate. Or you can call him directly. Tel # on his Facebook and Blog that are run by his son.

  4. We need to realize stray dogs eat up kilos of leftover food fr restaurants. Kentucky!!! Mac Don!!!! They have ecological niche in our society. Seeing eye dogs. Explosives. Track down killers.
    Dont poison, dont catch, pls. Leave the strays alone!!!! Let them run around like in Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico…
    ORGANIZATION is needed to set up dog sanctuaries to eat up our leftovers. Called….WASTE MANAGEMENT!!!!
    Its also called compassionate evolution????Progress with the times????


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