14.2.17

Valentine's Day

Do you believe in love at first sight? If you don't, maybe it is just because you have not met The One yet. Celebrating Valentine's Day, we have a whole line of eligible furry bachelors and bachelorettes who just can't wait to be your special one. 

Harper (4 years old, female, special needs, HDB approved)

You can never go wrong with choosing a furry significant other. Dogs don't wait one year to show you they love you. They will show you just how much they love and adore you every single day of their lives. Sure they can't buy you flowers and chocolates on Valentine's Day, but they will shower you with sloppy puppy kisses and wiggly butts every day. You will never have to question your place in their hearts. Dogs are probably the only creatures that will love you more than they love themselves, and they will prove it daily in their actions. It does not matter to dogs what you look like, or whether you are rich or poor. They just love you for you and all they ask is that you love them in return. Likewise, we should love them for them, regardless of their breed or lack thereof. Street dogs are no less than pedigree dogs. Their capacity to love you is the same. 

So if you're looking for that furry love, look no further. Your doggy soulmate (or soulmates) may just be waiting for you at HOPE. Scroll on down to check out some of our eligible candidates, or head on over to http://hopedogrescue.blogspot.sg/p/adoption.html where you can find out more about their backstory. 

Alyssa (estimated 11 mths old, female, HDB Approved)
Adora ( estimated 2 years old, female, HDB Approved)



Bella (Female, 8 months old, HDB Approved)

Blake (estimated 3 years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Brandy (7 years old, female, HDB Approved)
Charlie (12 years old, male, not HDB approved)

Chester (estimated 2+ years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Cody (Estimated 4 years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Happy (estimated 4 years old, female, not HDB Approved)

Matilda (estimated 2 years old, female, not HDB Approved)
Matthieu (estimated 14 years old, male, special needs, HDB Approved)



Pumpkin ( estimated 6 years old, female, HDB Approved)

Sida (estimated 5+ years old, female, special needs, HDB Approved)

Trixie (estimated 7 - 8 years old, female, HDB Approved)


Written by : Sam

10.2.17

Hard Luck (Sterilization)

Most of you know by now, strays lead very hard lives. The worst ones are those that live in forested areas and have no feeders. They are exposed to the rain, the cold, snakes and who knows what else. It’s even sadder when one female dog comes on heat and the unsterilized males come from miles away to literally hunt her down and mate with her.



Took us 3 hours but it was well worth the wait - biting the cage to try to escape

We reckon she's about 5 to 6 mths old, got her just before she comes in season
Volunteers hard at work

One can imagine the fear of being cornered by many males, being raped, the pain, the cries, and not just once but many, many times over the next few days until all the male dogs have had their turns on her, starting with the most alpha. The males often get hurt in the process as they fight for the female dog, this is when we see them with maggot wounds.


First time coming in contact with humans, terrified

The first time I saw a female dog being mated upon, almost a decade ago, I could not sleep for days. Her cries played through my mind, over and over again. The guilt I felt, that I could do nothing to stop them as there were more than 8 male dogs chasing after 1 female and I would risk being attacked if I stepped in. And that was when I realized the importance of sterilization.

After sterilization, still groggy

Two nights back, a team of volunteers went down to try and trap a mama dog and her 2 young puppies. We had managed to ask CAS for help in paying for the sterilization costs, while we paid the dog trappers and Exclusively Mongrels had agreed to take in the two 2-month old puppies. This was a perfect example of animal welfare groups working hand in hand for the betterment of the dogs and I hope, is just the start of a wonderful working relationship. We didn’t see the mommy and her puppies so we drove around the vicinity and chanced upon 7 strays living in a forested area; 2 females, 5 males (one had a maggot wound on his back). Of the 2 females, one was in heat and the males were all cornering her. The other female, a young puppy of about 5 mths, was left alone and by a twist of fate, she entered the trap that we had set up for the other female in heat.

Imagine a 5 mth old puppy looking so old, sad and tired

"Am I going back to the forest?"

She is now at the vet undergoing her sterilization and CAS have kindly agreed to let her stay for 5 days to ensure the wound is nice and clean before releasing her back to the forested area where she will spend the rest of her lifetime scavenging for food, and living in the cold and wet forest. Next week we will be going down to trap the other female and if we can’t get her, we’ll take any dog we can for TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release).

Although I have always known the importance of sterilization, I have also always dreaded catching them to be sterilized because I often feel bad releasing them back to their sad, horrible lives. And did you know, AVA doesn’t care if a dog is sterilized or not, when they trap and cull? So even after we return this puppy to that forested area, all it takes is one phone call from an intolerant member of the public and AVA would be there for the kill, regardless of whether the dog is sterilized.
   
And so, time is running out and I have been losing sleep over this puppy who has 3 days left of hope, before she is returned to the forest.

If anyone can save her, sponsor her, foster her, adopt her, please please email us hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg Do bear in mind that she is a fresh rescue, fresh from the forest and has had zero human contact. Do not expect a dog that is going to be sociable with you, friendly, walk well on leash, good during shower, pee pad trained etc because she has lived in the forest all her life.

I thank you for hearing me out and pray that although I can’t save the world, I can at least save one puppy from the forest.

With gratitude,
Fiona
Founder
HOPE Dog Rescue

8.2.17

Theo Is Critically Ill (Help Needed)

We rescued Theo back in 2014. A victim of a hit and run, we found him with his eyeball popping out of its socket. The accident may have been a blessing in disguise for though he got hurt and lost his eye, he also gained a family. Theo was quickly adopted and his family loved him very much.

Sweet Theo at the Vet

Unfortunately, Theo is not doing so good these days. He is now an old cat and has been sick for a while. Theo has renal failure and had collapsed. Leading to that, he was listless, not eating or drinking and could not pee.


Theo getting an ultrasound done 

His family contacted us for help last night as they can no longer afford the installments they have been paying for his medical bills. This morning we transferred him to our regular vet where Theo was immediately put on drip for severe dehydration. An ultrasound was carried out and results showed that he had crystals in his urine, possibly causing blockage and infection. His white cell count is sky high. 

The vet managed to express his pee, which was bloodied and the next 48 hours are critical. if he still doesn't pee in the next 2 days, he will require surgery. We need help with his vet bills.



It is just barely 2 months into the new year and we are already in over our heads in outstanding bills from the recent recues and accidents. Won't you please help Theo and his family? 

If you can help contribute towards Theo's medical bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

23.1.17

Bella

Good am. I m fr (location). Got adog was hit by car tis am. I think bone is broken. Can u please help." This is definitely not the type of sms one wants to receive early in the morning but this was exactly what we woke up to this particular morning. 

That’s just how volunteering in rescue work is. In the midst of rushing to work, we also had to scramble to look for pet transport and volunteers who could go down to search for the dog and take it to the vet.

Coordinating this rescue effort took us almost 2 hours but we finally managed to get the resources required together. It wasn’t easy searching for the location. It was at a farm, with only one graveled lane for traffic and many factories with no unit numbers to identify them by. We had to go from factory to factory to ask if there was an injured dog.

The workers put her there to prevent her from moving and getting hurt further


We finally found the small terrier looking dog. The workers had kindly confined her in a cage. She was lying down and not moving. She would cry out in pain whenever they tried to pat her. The workers said a car had hit her as she played on the farm and they thought she had died on impact as she could not get up. However, they found that she was still alive and carried her away and kept her in a small cage while they looked for help.


They got our contact from other workers who told them that we would come every Saturday night to feed, distribute food and provide medical aid and sterilization. We were told that someone had given them this dog, a 7-month old female who they named Bella and that they would let her run around freely because she was young and active.


In the carrier, we noticed she had poo on her bum. She had probably defecated in shock and fear when the accident happened. There was also blood in her urine which was a sign that she might have sustained internal injuries.


Blood in the carrier


At the vet, she was so scared and in so much pain that it was almost impossible to examine her thoroughly. But we managed to get xrays of her back and sides. Thankfully, the xrays showed no fractures, but the vet did say that the xrays may not pick up any minute tears in her bladder, so she will need to be monitored closely.

On the way to the vet

Examining Bella at the vet

Bella's stomach was very swollen and painful to the touch. It is suspected that this may be due to bruising and internal bleeding. She had internal hemorrhaging in the top of both eyes, probably from impact of being hit or as she tumbled away. Fortunately, her vision doesn’t seem to have been affected. No surgery is needed at this point in time but the vet will monitor her for leaking in bladder, similar to Cammy’s case. Her white blood count was high so she was put on drip to protect her kidneys.

Bella has internal hemorrhaging in the top of both eyes

Bella will be closely monitored over the next 24 hours, and will stay at the vet for a few days. Once she is better, we will also sterilize her before returning her to the workers.

Bella was lucky that she had workers who love her and look out for her, and we managed to get to her in time. However, her accident reminds us that other strays are not that lucky.

To help with Bella's vet bills, email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

14.1.17

Toby (Alyssa’s Family)

Saturday night feeding sessions are not just about feeding. We also check the dogs for injuries, distribute food to workers, educate workers on sterilization and do TNR (trap, neuter, release).

During last Saturday's session, at one of the dark factories, we noticed a reflective glint on the body of one of the black dogs. He was very wary of us and ran further into the factory each time we tried to approach but we managed to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be scotch tape around his torso before he got too far.

Toby

This is the factory where Alyssa came from and so, fortunately, we had the workers' contact number. We called the next morning and was told that this dog was bitten a week earlier and was already getting better so he would not need to see a vet. However, we were insistent that the dog be brought to the vet so we did just that this evening after work. With the help of the workers, we managed to catch the dog. We also caught 2 other dogs, a father and son pair, to be brought to the vet for sterilization. The younger male dog happens to be Alyssa's brother. The workers weren't too pleased that we wanted to sterilize the 2 other male dogs as they did not understand that being free-roaming dogs, they could easily find and impregnate a non-sterilized female dog such as Alyssa's mother who is very elusive and hard to trap. Alyssa's mother just had another litter of pups as a result.

Toby, feeling really listless. The patches on his body are caused by the scotch tape that the workers taped on him and his tummy was really distended. 

While waiting our turn at the vet, we noticed the dog with the tape, who we have named Toby, appeared very drowsy and was also panting and salivating more than normal. He was lying down in the carrier so we could not see any wound on him. When he was examined by the vet, we noticed that his tummy was very distended. We muzzled Toby during the vet's examination as we were unsure of his temperament but he was very mellow, though whether it was due to his naturally sweet nature or just because he was too sick to react, we could not tell.

Toby feeling really weak & miserable

X-rays show that Toby's stomach is full of gas and bones which he had eaten. Workers said they have been feeding him bones for 10 years. The excessive panting could be due to the discomfort from this, but could also possibly be due to some other health issues which we have yet to uncover. The fur around his middle was patchy, probably due to the fur coming off as the workers changed the tape daily. The tape was meant to cover the deep wound on his tummy which we could see once he was taken out of the carrier. Toby's ears were covered in oil, there was discharge around his eyes and he was full of ticks. The vet estimated Toby to be around 7 to 8 years old. Although workers say he is more than 10.

Tummy full of gas and bones. At high risk of developing twisted intestines (bloat)
Toby's ears

The hole on Toby's stomach, with pus oozing 

Toby is at risk for developing GDV if we left the bones in his stomach. This is where the intestines get twisted and is fatal. So for now, he will be administered laxatives to try and help him pass out the bones. If that fails, they will have to operate to remove the bones. As for the wound on his tummy, the vet was unable to establish just how deep it was but will manage it accordingly. So Toby will be warded for a few days at least while he is treated for these various conditions.

Father & son pair in for sterilization



As for the father (black dog with white patch) and son who we have named Robbie and Terry respectively, they will be sterilized tomorrow and released back to the factory the day after.

To help with their vet and sterilization bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

Get well soon, Toby


Written by : Sam

10.1.17

Adora's Update (Part II)

A big thanks to all who helped out with Adora's vet bills.

Adora went back to the vet for a review. Adora was only 11kg when she was rescued about 2 weeks ago. Now, her weight is up to 12.3kg. It may not be much but for a dog as starved as she was, eating large quantities of food too quickly could kill her. Rather, she needs to be fed 3 small meals a day and build her weight up gradually. The vet recommended that she be fed 400g of meat and 1 egg a day, and even small pieces of apple or papaya, for daily nutrition.

Extremely severe yeast infection

Adora's sterilization would is healing well but she has a very bad yeast infection that is affecting most parts of her body. You can even see it on her face! She is always itchy and bleeding from scratching too much. She has been prescribed steroids and a medicated shampoo to treat the infection. She cannot be vaccinated yet because of how serious her skin condition is. She will be vaccinated once her skin is better.

Happy days ahead! Adora on the way to the vet
The vet commented that Adora seems more confident and happier though she can still be fearful in unfamiliar situations. The vet removed her e-collar to clean it and when she tried to put it back on, Adora barked and squealed so loudly in fear that she could even be heard outside the clinic! Her fear was so intense it made us wonder what she had been through to make her so fearful. It took 4 attempts before the e-collar could be put back on her. Adora also still growls and guards her food but it is not very serious so at this point, we just want her to feel better and be happier soon.


We wonder if she has some Whippet blood in her

Adora weighed just 11kg when found. Her ideal weight should be about 15kg

Is that a smile, Adora?

Adora's next vet review will be in 2 week's time.

If you can foster Adora, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

Written by : Sam

5.1.17

Charlie Ol’Boy

Is it better to have known and lost something, than to never have known it at all? "Something" here refers to life in a home. Most of our rescues have never known what it means to live in a home, until they are rescued. Today's story is about the former. A golden retriever found leashed to a lamp post in Tiong Bahru Park. That he was a golden retriever and that he was tied to a lamp post with a leash rather than free-roaming indicated that he was someone's dog. That park goers had seen him there since morning and his gums and mouth were bleeding from trying to chew off the leash pointed to the fact that he had very obviously been abandoned.

Screenshot from Facebook "Lost & Found" page on 10 November 2016

We were informed of his situation in the late afternoon by a member of the public. We advised him to take the dog home to calm him down and feed him some water while waiting for us to come pick him up. We picked the dog up at 4pm and took him to the vet immediately. At the vet, he was scanned for a microchip and while he was chipped, there was no records of him being registered at AVA. However, there was a record for his microchip number at SPCA. Apparently, this goldie had strayed in 2009 and was picked up by SPCA and was later claimed by someone who said he was the owner despite not having an AVA license as proof. 



We did not subject him to too much at his first vet visit and we checked him into commercial boarding as we did not have a foster space available. A couple of days later when he was more settled, we took him back to the vet for a thorough checkup. He was found to have long term skin issues and an ear infection. His ears were crinkled, which implied the possibility of hematoma in both ears, and he had a chipped tooth. He also had tick fever and was also suffering from arthritis and weakness in his hind limbs. We also noticed that he drank more water than what a normal dog would so a blood test was done to check his kidney and liver functions. Thankfully, those results came back fine and we reckoned perhaps he was not given enough water in the past. He now drinks a more regular amount of water. 

Crinkled ears, possibly from hematoma

The vet gave him topical creams for his sore skin, and he was also given a shave all over to allow the cream to be more easily applied. There was oral medication for the itch and a medicated shampoo to be used 3 times a week. He also had medication to treat his ear infection and tick fever.

Two weeks later, he was back at the vet for a review. Thanks to his fosterer who kept him cool in a air-conditioned room to soothe his itch, his skin was looking alot better. He also had dental scaling done and fortunately, his chipped tooth did not need to be extracted. He was also sterilized and will be back at the vet to be vaccinated in a few weeks. 

Looking good, Mr Charlie Brown

With lots of tender loving care from his foster, Charlie is now looking good and feeling great! No longer is he depressed or scratching non-stop from his severe skin irritations.

His case of abandonment was reported to both AVA and SPCA. AVA had written back that the dog is not licensed or registered and is officially the property of HOPE and we were given the green light to re-home the dog. We have since named him Charlie which means "free man". We hope that Charlie will be free from the shackles of his unhappy past, and will be re-homed to a loving family soon.

Charlie is an absolute sweetheart who still plays and behaves like a baby

Easy going and laid back

His new family must be aware of his needs, physically and financially, for Charlie is a senior dog:
  1. Estimated 12 years old and relatively healthy
  2. He is on home cooked meals (2 meals a day, 600gm of meats per meal plus a serving of vegetables and fruits)
  3. He is messy with his food and water
  4. He tends to hump men, a behaviour we are in the midst of correcting
  5. Minimum of 2 walks a day, more would be a bonus
  6. Air-conditioning or fan when he is home as it helps his skin
  7. Mild separation anxiety – barks for quite a while if he doesn’t see humans around
  8. Fear of rain / thunder / loud noise
  9. Curious about cats, although we don't know what will happen if he finally gets close enough to them
  10. Not good with young children
  11. Early signs of cataract 
  12. He will need to be on supplements for his kidney, liver and joints
Charlie absolutely loves human companionship
Charlie is not HDB-approved and should also not to be kept as an outdoor / guard dog.

If you would like to give Charlie a home, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.


Written by: Sam