Lassie, Scooby Doo, Wishbone, Hachiko – films are full of examples of dog heroes to drive at the fact that pups are indeed Man’s best friend. So if you’re thinking of adopting a furry companion, some things to think about before hopping over to the adoption site include: Will the pet fit your lifestyle? Are you willing to make your home pet-friendly? Are you prepared financially? Can you commit?
If your answer is ‘yes’, nothing should stop you from adopting a new pal and here are some places to look:
Independent Pet Rescuers and Re-homers
Tara was rescued by an independent rescuer after spending six years in a cage with her previous owner. Thankfully, she was quickly adopted by a family who adores her. This year she turns nine and is in the pink of health.
Like Tara, many abused or abandoned dogs have found their home through word-of-mouth or social media. Independent rescuers and re-homers usually encourage their friends, family members or other rescuers to share the post of the dog’s photos and details, in hopes that the pet might catch the eye of someone who is looking to adopt.
Facebook Groups that help in the re-homing of dogs include: Pets Up for Adoption, Singapore Pet Adoptions and Rehomers, Singapore Pet Adoption (SPA) and Adopt Dogs and Cats In Singapore. For those in need of guidance, The Fifth Paw SG is an organisation that helps adopters through the adoption process.
Animal Welfare Organisations
Photo Credit: Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter
Nothing stops 73-year old Uncle Khoe from spending his golden years caring for and feeding strays – even when he suffered a mild stroke and had to be hospitalised. Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter strives to help humans find their furry counterparts, and help people understand rescued dogs better through education and adoption.
Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter is at 16 Pasir Ris Farmway 2,Singapore 519316. +65 8298 8129 or +65 8818 4473. Email [email protected] for more detail, or visit their Facebook page here.
Hope for Animals
Photo Credit: Hope for Animals
A non-profit organisation, Hope for Animals is made up of a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to the welfare, rescue as well as re-homing of needy animals. Apart from being the mouthpiece for spreading important messages such as animal responsibility in Singapore, they have also been involved in numerous fund-raising events and adoption drives ever since their conception in 2012.
Pop over to their Facebook page to know more.
Photo Credit: Causes for Animals
With a mission to help the helpless and to love the unloved, Causes for Animals was set up to support the needs of local animal welfare in Singapore. In 2016, CAS raised enough funds to vaccinate over 2400 dogs, which helps to protect them from diseases like Distemper and Parvovirus. This year CAS is looking to help vaccinate, deworm as well as shelter more street dogs from all around Singapore.
Apart from strays, CAS has a wide range of puppies up for adoption as well.
For any inquiries regarding the adoption process, see here or call +65 9793 7162 / +65 9697 3491. For more information on donating to their cause or adoption, please visit their Facebook page or website.
Photo Credit: SPCA
A long-time registered animal welfare charity that relies heavily on donations, SPCA sees more than 200 pets and stray animals brought in every month. The organisation is quite strict about their adopter screening process, and you’ll be able to visit the animal on their premises.
For a list of the dogs up for adoption, please visit their website or the Adoption Area at 50 Sungei Tengah Road, 699012 Singapore. Open for viewing Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 11am-4pm. In the case of a rescue, call their 24-hour emergency hotline at +65 6 287 5355.
Photo Credit: SOSD
Founded in 2011 with the aim of eliminating animal cruelty and abandonment in Singapore, SOSD seeks to improve lives (both human and canine) through rescue, education and a strong support of the rights of these strays. They also provide animal lovers with the opportunity to volunteer, adopt, foster or sponsor a stray.
SOSD is organising an upcoming adoptions drive on 29 April 2017, 3pm-7 pm at the Blackbox Learning Centre, 10 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578191. For more information, see their Facebook page.
Photo Credit: Animal Lovers League
Animal Lovers League is home to about 700 dogs and cats. With a strictly “no-kill” policy, ALL encourages the public to adopt instead of buying their pets. The volunteers at ALL care for homeless animals, feed them, provide services to treat the sick animals as well as vaccinate, neuter or sterilise them. Fund-raisers and charity drives are continuously ongoing to fund the efforts (both money and food are accepted). Even if you can’t adopt, show some love by donating your time in volunteering with ALL.
Visit their Facebook page for more information.