January 28, 2007
Posting on behalf of a fellow dog-lover. I cannot utter anymore comments on the mentality of such breeders...their thinking is beyond me. It is plainly profit overriding the welfare of living sentient beings.
We've checked and verified that this breeder has the licence to breed. Until the regulations on breeding are reconsidered in depth by the authorities and there is an assuring clamp-down on indiscriminate breeders by the authorities, breeding remains the playground of individuals entirely unsuited and uneducated in this area. Of breeding dogs who may never see the light of day. Of puppies killed simply cos they are borned deformed or 'ugly' and don't fulfil industry standards. Of bitches given jabs to make them breed more, breed longer.
All these are happening right now, right under our noses. When should we start relooking at the regulations on breeding? Actually, looking is just the beginning. Implementation will show true sincerity in wanting a change.
These dogs are from breed farm. The lady, Irene, tried to befriend the breeder by providing free grooming service to the dogs. She learnt that the breeder wanted to put these dogs to sleep because (Pug and Rhodesian Ridgeback cannot give birth after 4 years) (JRT not according to some standard, they are only 1 - 2 years old), so she is helping to rehome the dogs.
So poor thing, I called her, because I love pugs and wanted to adopt the pug. But just learnt from Irene that the breeder is no longer willing to let the Pug and the other dog go, 'cause husband still want to try to breed them, by giving them jabs. (So bad). But the JRT are still up for adoption.
Too bad I cannot consider JRTs, they are too active for me and for my 2 dogs. Can you help to ask around if any of your friend can help to adopt? According to Irene, they are quite young only 1 - 2 years old, friendly to people. But would need some training to adjust to home life. For more details on the 2 JRTs please write to Irene's email address
January 27, 2007
In short, they were stolen and taken to a factory miles and miles away from their home to be guard dogs.
It is nothing short of a blessing that we happened to be at the very farm at that very right time that very morning.... met the very person who took them both..... who out of the very blue, admitted to us very point blank that he took Ben & Anne. He even drove us all the way to the factory to take them back. Imagine that. He could have kept silent and we would never ever know where they are. It must be his conscience speaking to him.
His explanation was that he thought he was doing these dogs a favour by giving them a place to stay, saying that he thought they were 'unwanted' dogs anyway. Our suspicion was that Ben & Anne were taken, and not the others, simply because they come fully equipped with collars and licence tags - they pass the AVA requirements already, how convenient is that for them to be taken to be guard dogs. No need to apply and spend money on licence.
We have informed the authorities of the possible risk of dog theft arising from farm/construction site dogs wearing licence tags in full view. Further discussions will be underway. We did not bring this case further to the authorities as the return of dogs was done amicably but more so for the safety of the dogs.
In reality some things are not as straightforward as it may seem.
Ben & Anne kept at the kennel of the factory where they were taken to be guard dogs. They spent 2 nights there. Ben was obviously fearful, whimpering loudly and crying in the car all the way home. Anne appeared to be in shock, silent throughout the entire episode.
With expectant hearts in the car...on the way home.....
Ben with his head turned towards the back of the car when it just drove into his farm - he has caught sight of his pack running behind the car!
I know that our animals are in safe hands, not our hands, but His big hands. And whatever situation they may run into, whatever bad intentions are directed at them, as we cannot be watching over every one of them every single minute -- no matter what, in His hands, all will turn out well. Even death -- however untimely, however painful and wicked -- I believe they will be spared the pain.
Many times, the fear of heartbreaks can be crippling. It makes me freeze at times for fear of getting too close, for fear of inevitable news of death -- the natural cycle of life.
But whatever time we have with them is a blessing. So much more to me have they given.
I guess, as in or even more so, in our human relationships, it is always the fear of loving that cripples lives. The cowardice and false pride that glues your feet to the ground, that squeezes your heart so tight no love can flow out, and neither can any love come in.
It is a life of no pain, but neither is there joy. A life of safety, but also the dreariness of law and order that never brings truth.
I fear the heartaches that will come. But I guess the moments of love and joy are too much a prize to bury amidst any tears that may flow.
Not all lost dogs are found. Be well Sunny Boy, no matter where you are now. I may not speak about you nor may I ever speak about you again, but I think of you still.
Sunny Boy -- simply enjoying the evening breeze upon his face -- such simple delights in life.
Sunny Boy drooping off to sleep with some scratches and rubs...
Lucas (behind) with his fav gal
From this side view, you can roughly figure how how pudgy she is! Lucas looks normal next to her, ha! :)
January 26, 2007
* Microchipping of all pets, which holds owners accountable in the event that a pet is found on the streets.
If there is right now one good way to deter indiscriminate breeding, what would that be?
* Implementing a strict criteria for those applying for a licence to breed animals and conduct regular checks.
- In a trade where live animals are involved, this is the least the authorities can do to ensure a decent measure of protection for the animals, an organisation formed with the responsibility to promote animal welfare.
Recalling some of AVA's proposals early in 2006:
Proposal 1 – Implement mandatory microchipping for all new dogs licensed.
This is proposed for identification purposes. The microchip is a more reliable method for identifying dogs and tracing them than conventional methods such as tags and tattoos. A microchip contains no batteries or chemicals and has an active life of up to 25 years. It cannot get lost like tag, does not fade and is not easily removed. Currently, only imported dogs are microchipped. The AVA proposes to microchip all newly licensed dogs so that both imported and locally bred dogs are microchipped. This move would encourage responsible pet ownership, deter abandonment and help reduce strays.
(*NOTE: this still leaves a loop hole for dogs bred on breeding farms/backyards but NOT licenced)
Proposal 3 – Implement group licences for farms with breeding dogs.
Currently, all breeding dogs on dog farms are not licensed. Farm operators take up a farm licence only. AVA proposes to license all farm dogs for better traceability and accountability of dogs on these farms. AVA intends to introduce group licence fees for breeding dogs, rather than license them individually at $70/yr for unsterilised dogs. The group licence fee structure is as follows for farms with: More than 300 dogs: $3,500/yr. 100-300 dogs: $1,700/yr Less than 100 dogs: $650/yr
Proposal 5 – Require licensing of dogs at point of sale.
Currently, dogs at pet shops and breeding farms are not licensed when sold. Surveys show that 70% puppies sold are not licensed even 2 months after purchase. To address this weakness, AVA proposes that the licensee of the pet shop or dog breeding farm be responsible for the licensing of the dog for the new owner. The licence fee will be borne by the new owner.
Proposal 6 – Require dog breeding farms to take up pet shop licences.
Under the Animals and Birds Act, all premises selling pets need to be licensed. Currently, dog farms take up a farm licence which does not regulate the sale of pets. There is therefore inconsistent practice standards between pups sold at pet shops and those sold at farms. It is necessary for dog farms which also sell pups to take up a separate pet shop licence so that the standards for the commercial sale of pets can be harmonised. This includes requiring puppies to be vaccinated twice, the last vaccination given at least 2 weeks before the sale and submitting monthly returns on the sale of dogs and particulars of the respective owners. This will further help tighten the dog licensing system and enhance traceability.
January 25, 2007
January 23, 2007
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Ginne and Junior are unfortunate victims of heartless abandonment. Their owners had them for more than a year until they met with family issues and could not keep them anymore.
However, instead of making efforts to rehome their dogs, the family made the senseless and cruel decision to abandon them.
Ginne and Junior were taken and dumped far far away from home. The family then feigned ignorance that the dogs had run away and didn't return.
By nothing short of a miracle, Ginne and Junior were found by residents in that area 7 days after they disappeared. Both were visibly thinner, fearful and disoriented.
* Their case is being investigated by the authorities. However, the very nature of abandonment cases means that eye-witnesses are hard to come by, and cos of that, the authorities find it difficult to charge the culprit. Which is frustrating, cos the circumstances leading to us finding the dogs clearly point to the family's doing.
If you think you can assist us in this case, or you can help Ginne and Junior in the following, kindly email us at email@example.com :
1. ADOPT/FOSTER Ginne and/or Junior
Both are young females, about 2 years old. Sterilised, medium-sized, people and dog-friendly. Junior, in particularly, is very affectionate and loyal.
2. SUPPORT THEIR BOARDING FEES
Ginne and Junior are boarding at a private shelter. We foresee they will require boarding for a period being they are rehomed.
* Pet abandonment is a very real issue. It is a seriously irresponsible act as it exposes a domesticated animal to dangers it is not equipped for. Chances of the culprit being caught is low if the animal is not microchipped and there are no eye witnesses.
- Many abandoned animals die a slow and painful death of starvation and fear
- Many are killed by road accidents or suffer abuse
- Some are found but end up being put to sleep when they're not rehomed
- Those who survived but are not sterilised, add onto our stray population with unwanted births
We appeal to all animal lovers to take a stand and vocalise the benefits for all pets to be microchipped to deter more acts of abandonment.
January 22, 2007
The caregiver told me there were two of them, hapless and helpless kittens she'd found while she was feeding by the alley. One white and one black. But when we went to the site, we could only find Hitam. For lack of creativity in naming and the obvious fact that it is mostly black, we named the kitten "Hitam".
And it's obvious to all of us that Hitam and sibling were dumped strategically because the caregiver is reputed for feeding at the place, for many who'd seen her.
And so, in the drizzle of the afternoon rain, we trudged back home with Hitam in tow, its meows easily interpreted as "bloody murder". We gave it a good wipe and fed it some bits of rice and fish. To our surprise, the two week-old wolfed it down so rapidly that its tummy was bloated by the sudden intake of food.
While it snoozed in the warmth of old clothes, occasionally exhibiting signs of suckling, we waited for a kind soul, who'd volunteered to foster Hitam until a good family is found, to arrive. And so, for the brief few hours that we'd Hitam under our charge, it couldn't strike us any clearer that caregiving, esp. to an animal infant, is a job that requires a lot of commitment, and how vulnerable each kitten, as big as the palm of your hand, is to street life. Hitam was found without its mother.
We pray for a cathood of health and safety for young Hitam.
January 17, 2007
I will update further. Meanwhile, be glad that Ben and Anne are reunited with their pack. Boy am I glad!
Thanks JT for coming along. Such joy ya to see them all together again. :)
Ben sniffing out and being sniffed out by Jordan and bros.
Grandma Girl and the bros with Anne in the background.
Raw and sore skin
Open wound on under-paw, rotting and starting to smell.
Xander must be in distress and discomfort
We met a fellow dog lover who currently is in financial difficulties. She has a rescued bull terrier, Xander, who unfortunately developed a very bad skin condition which has persisted for many months. Lots of expenses, time and efforts have been spent on medical shampoos, dips, medicines and supplements. Recovery is taking place slowly.
However couple of weeks back, Xander appeared with this open wound on his under-paw. It looks like a big cut and the flesh is split apart.
It had gradually worsened and antibiotic powder doesn't help anymore. Worse is, the flesh is starting to smell.
Unfortunately, Xander's rescuer is unable to afford vet treatment. At this moment, she has only managed to raise $50 from one of her contacts.
Looking at Xander's conditions, I agreed to help speak to our vet to sincerely appeal for treatment while we help to raise funds. Delaying treatment may just worsen the condition to a harder case. He would also need good supplements to boost his overall healing process for his skin condtion.
* We hereby sincerely ask for your support in Xander's medical fees. I estimate the first visit may cost about $150-$200 for medication, jabs, shampoo, supplements. He would need subsequent follow-ups as well.
If you would like to support Xander, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Xander is also looking for a new home. He is a miniature bull terrier, very people-oriented and affectionate, but have a tendency to be protective and jealous over other dogs. Thus he is more suited as a one-dog family.
January 15, 2007
2 of our dogs are missing on Saturday evening, 13 Jan 2007, Jalan Kayu area.
BEN: Male. Big size. Brownish colour.
ANNE: Female. Medium size. Black and brown.
If you have seen them & know where they are now, or have any helpful information, please call 9090-8592 or 9026-2733 immediately.
We just want our dogs back. No questions asked.
I have heard of cases where dogs are stolen from areas like farms/construction sites/factories when they are seen to be wearing collars and licence tags. In particular, licence tags. For the simple reason that there are people who want guard dogs on their premises but do not wish to spend money to get licence tags for the dogs. So they either steal the licence tags or even steal the dog itself.
I was quite skeptical till Ben and Anne disappeared on Sat. We have recently gotten licences for both of them, and yes, they were both wearing their licence tags.
Isn't it a dilemma?
Firstly, we are to comply with AVA regulations to prevent our local dogs from being culled unneccesarily. To do this, we spend time speaking with farm owners on the importance of sterilisation, microchipping and licensing. It is good advancement that some of them understand the situation and agreed to have their dogs licensed to spare them from culling.
Once the dogs are legally licenced, to protect them from being caught and killed, they have to be wearing their collars and licence tags.
However, this very act of wearing licence tags put them at another risk - the risk of being stolen by thieves who are eyeing their licence tags.
How can the authorities balance the need for regulations (to reduce further culling) and not compromise animal welfare - strays or otherwise?
* At the very root of it all - it is reducing further killing of strays that we should be targeting our efforts at, the authorities especially should be LEADING this effort.
Catching and culling of uncollared local dogs have been going on for years and years. And what improvements to the stray population has that done?
Even local dogs who have been sterilised, with their ears tipped, were caught. I guess simply cos they do not have on collars and AVA licence tags?
But in the reality of their environments out there, where everything is not nice and dandy, and not everyone has a good and clean heart for animals, not even some who appear interested in animal welfare, certain regulations CANNOT be implemented without compromising the very heart of ANIMAL WELFARE that the body is purporting to promote.
Collared and tagged dogs are easy targets for theft. And it also makes them easier targets to be caught by dubious characters (it is easier to hook the dog by the collar and drag them than if they are collar-less).
But not collaring and tagging them puts them at risk of being on death row.
Culling is an easy choice in the intricacies of stray management. It appears faster - out of sight, out of mind. It is comparatively cheaper and requires less efforts.
But the easy choice is usually not the right one.
Those with eyes are seeing this as plainly as daylight.
January 8, 2007
CRUEL ACT: This cat was found hanging from a railing. SPCA is appealing for witnesses.
THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is appealing for witnesses who might have seen the culprits who hanged a cat with a blue nylon string.
Residents at Block 245, Simei Street 5 called the police after they saw the dead cat hanging from the staircase railing between the sixth and seventh floor.
The incident happened on Dec 29, and it was the second time in a week that a cat had been tortured.
On Christmas Eve, a cat was found bleeding from the mouth and nose on the second floor of Block 171, Yishun Ring Road.
The SPCA was informed and the injured cat was taken to a veterinarian to be put to sleep. Said the SPCA's executive officer, Ms Deirdre Moss: 'It was in extreme pain and suffering from respiratory distress.'
The SPCA is appealing for witnesses and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for harming the cats.
Anyone with information can call the SPCA at 6287-5355 during office hours.
January 6, 2007
To recap: (1) Brandy was found at a construction site, wandering listlessly and painstakingly with an area of raw flesh exposed on her back -- bigger than the size of a human palm.
When found, the hair on the wound had been removed and what that met our caregiver's eyes was a grotesque and heartwrenching sight, the result of hot liquid having scalded a stray cat's back. Had Brandy not been taken to the vet's and left another day at the site, her wound would have been aggravated by infection from the dust and dirt of street life.
Brandy was rescued and sent for immediate treatment that put her in drowsy mode for many long hours. She lived the subsequent months, battling with a weaker immune system, hairless spots and scabs that leaked pus frequently. Now under the care of a caregiver, she has put on some weight and can be found perched on the cabinet, looking out of the window at the afternoon. Mellow fellow.
(2) Jack was handed over to one caregiver in the area of Old Airport road with an eyeball dangling from his socket. When discovered, his wound had gotten so infected beyond any repair to help him regain his sight. His eyeball had to be amputated. Subsequently, he had to undergo a series of checkup to ensure the gradual but steady recovery of his injury.
Jack remains ever so playful and ironically, trustful of humans and lovingly craves for some human warmth and attention. In the face of full blindness in one eye.
If anything, we can only be thankful for the donations we had gathered from our kind supporters and be moved by the fortitude and the fighting spirit that stood the test of the drudgery of time and the intensity of pain that these animals have shown. If anything, these animals have only shown their resoluteness to grit their teeth and fight for their chance to survive an ordeal -- however unfair, however brutual -- inflicted on them.
If anything, these animals should never be led to suffer again, but to live their lives as respected beings in our existence.
We would like to correct that it is not the animals at NANAS but the animals from another shelter that suffered. 40 puppies and 20 dogs were drowned.
NANAS had managed to rescue 56 dogs and 27 cats from the affected shelter.
However, the animals that were saved are far from well and will need medical attention once they have recovered sufficiently from their ordeal.
With this influx of animals in need, we appeal to all to lend your invaluable support to relief efforts. Items such as blankets, newspapers, towels, bath mats, pet shampoo and pet food are needed to help these needy victims.
If you happen to be in the midst of discarding certain of these items, we would like to remind that as useless as they might seem lying around the house, these items will come in handy in times like this to alleviate some relief difficulties. It will mean a lot to the animals and the volunteers tending to them.
Email email@example.com. We thank all for your big heart.
"This is a good read and encourgement to start the new year. Believe that we are all special, and are here for a purpose and have a cause to live." JT
The Fern and the Bamboo
One day I decided to quit... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality... I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"
His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo".
He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit."
He said. "Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to others."
He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they both make the forest beautiful." "Your time will come, "God said to me. " You will rise high!"
"How high should I rise?" I asked. "How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return. "As high as it can?" I questioned. "Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."
I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness. Bad days give you experiences. Both are essential to life. Keep going...
Happiness keeps you sweet,
Trials keep you strong,
Sorrows keep you human,
Failures keep you humble,
Success keeps you glowing,
but only God keeps you going!
OUR GOD IS GREAT!
* In the midst of it all, remember to love. Not only the nearest and dearest, for who doesn't love the lovable? But the ugly humanity that exists. No matter how we fight it, it is there. So why continue fighting it?
That impossible person. The wayward kid. Your seemingly uncontrollable dog whom everyone calls a brat, a gangster. We find it so hard to love them. But they have their reasons. It is we who don't fully understand them yet.
We know ourselves by how we treat the unlovable. So get to know them. And love them in the process. Love's transforming power. It not only changes the other. It changes you.
And it doesn't come at a snap of a finger. We are all learning, aren't we?
January 3, 2007
This is NOT Gordon, but he is just about the same normal Cavalier King Charles size.
No pix provided. Gordon is a 5 year old boy. Very sweet natured, affectionate, obedient. Paper trained. Neutered.
Owner has genuine reasons for giving him up. I believe Gordon will have no problems finding himself a good new home.
For more info and viewing, pls call Julie at 9159-6198.
Pardon the unflattering shots!
Schnauzy the schnauzer is up for adoption. She is a friendly gal, about 4 years, overweight (in my opinion), paper trained, sterilised, gets along fine with other dogs and kids.
Her previous owner had her for a year. Until recently, they claimed that after she was put at a boarding place while they went on a holiday, her temperament changed after that, and thus decided to give her up. They 'dumped' Schnauzy back to the rescuer's family without any offer of help to maintain her food and lodging. It was just a convenient disposal of a former family pet who, in their opinion, has 'changed' in character.
I find it more than ridiculous how a family can do this. And even more ridiculous cos at the rescuer's home, there is no manifestation at all of the supposed 'bad' behaviour that Schnauzy learnt after her time at the boarding place. She is a good gal.
So, if you are looking to adopt a schnauzer, go take a look at Schnauzy. She fits perfectly well in a HDB flat. And she has many more good, happy years to offer.
Please call 8157-8648 to enquire more and arrange for viewing.
Animals at Noah's Ark are safe and sound but some of their other shelter’s animal friends need your assistance.
Thank you for your emails, SMSes and phone calls regarding your concern for the animals at Noah’s Ark. We are pleased to inform you that the animals at Noah’s Ark are safe and sound. We were lucky enough to complete building a new shelter before the year end monsoon.
However, with the continuous rain fall in Singapore and Johor, nearly 60 dogs (including puppies) in Johor near Seelong area have drowned and the water level is still about 5ft high. Since Monday (25 Dec ‘06) - Raymund together with the volunteers have helped to rescue 50 dogs, sadly some of these dogs were badly injured from the flood, suffering deep cuts and large wounds, others have suffered extensive injuries to their legs in this flood – and will require surgery once they are strong enough. Many of the young puppies rescued are also motherless – so weaning is proving to be quite a problem.
So, if you have any of the following items please contact Lynda Goh at Hp: 9757 2528 or Piah Buey at Hp: 9739 7707 and we will advise you of the nearest drop off point.
¨ Used Bath Towels
¨ Milk for Puppies
¨ Garbage Bags
¨ Canned Dog Food
Meanwhile, our volunteers are doing everything they can to help the animals. So, if you would like to help and contribute towards these animals in need you may write a cheque donation to: Noah’s Ark CARES – please indicate behind the cheque “In Aid of Dog Flood Victims” and send the cheque to: 83 Clemenceau Avenue #18-05 , Shell House S(239920). We will then utilize these funds to pay for all their necessities.
We have been very blessed that we ourselves at the sanctuary have been left relatively unscathed and now we feel that it is only right that we too do our part to help the less unfortunate. Remembering always that there is greater joy in giving than receiving.
Thank you very much.
Chew Gek Hiang
Noah’s Ark CARES
January 1, 2007
On behalf of NANAS, we appeal to everyone to lend a hand to the sanctuary. If you can contribute:
towels, newspapers, canfood for dogs and cats, blankets, bedsheets, bath mats, dog shampoo, flea and tick medication,
please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll link you up with the relevant person in-charge.
According to sources, volunteers have been spending time rescuing dogs from low-lying ground. One person had 40 puppies drowned and many are sick now. Over 20 were washed away. Some that were brought back died while others had to be euthanized.
In the midst of beginning this new year on a good start, let's not forget the needy animals at the mercy of the elements.
We'll be making a trip to NANAS soon to see how our dogs are doing and assisting in relief efforts in places not spared from the impacts of the rain.