11.2.16

Babu, Is That You?

We first met Babu in May 2012 when someone informed us of a hit and run case. Babu was a very sweet street dog that was cared for by some workers. He had gone out to look for them when he was struck by a car and dragged a distance. Thankfully, he survived the accident and only suffered a broken leg and some abrasions. Read more about his accident here.

His troubles were far from over though. While at the vet, he may have contracted distemper. But this resilient boy toughed it out and became the first dog in HOPE's history to survive distemper.

Luckily for Babu, he had workers who loved him. It was not our practice to return a recuperating dog to the place we rescued him from. But this was an exceptional case as it was evident that the workers loved Babu and were committed to his care. So we returned him to the workers and we kept in touch with them over the first year as Babu recovered. Read more of Babu's story here and here.

Babu's main caretaker left the premises after about a year, but another worker said that he would continue to care for Babu and having experienced how well the workers took care of Babu, we soon left him entirely to their care.

Handsome Babu leaving SPCA and heading to the vet

Fast forward to this morning when we received a call from SPCA – they had a male dog in their care. Someone had seen him sitting in the middle of the road, in too much pain to move and called SPCA, and the caller had kindly stayed with him till SPCA arrived. SPCA scanned the dog for a chip and traced the chip back to HOPE. Lo and behold, the dog they had in their care was none other than Babu.

Watch video of Babu leaving SPCA:


We rushed down and were shocked to see Babu. The workers must have all left the country and left him to fend for himself. His front right leg was dangling as if the joint was totally severed and his shoulder was swollen to almost 3 times its normal size.

Look at how swollen Babu's right shoulder is
His right leg must be in so much pain
He must have been hit by a car and dragged on the road. Besides a very swollen and broken leg, he was also bleeding from his nose, had abrasions under his chin and a swollen muzzle

He was anxious and in obvious distress, and kept looking out for the workers and wanting to go outdoors. We immediately took him to the vet. He was in so much stress and pain that he did not seem to remember us. The vet did not want to stress him any further and so put off examination of his injury. For now, they have just warded him and put him on a drip and given him some pain killers.

Not being able to bear weight on his right leg, and having a swollen muzzle




Tomorrow, once he has calmed down, they will take an x-ray of his front right leg to assess the extent of the injury. We were concerned about his old fracture but the vet reckoned that it was ok and not causing him any problems.

The vet examining Babu  
The vet bill was estimated to cost $4k. Assuming all goes well, they will insert a steel plate and discharge him on Monday. The required deposit was $3k, however we could only afford $1k. Surgery has been scheduled for Friday but we need to come up with the $3k in order for Babu to get the surgery he needs. 

This was a photograph of Baby Babu, given to us by his favourite worker, who has since left the country
Still as good looking, albeit a swollen muzzle

They say that lightning never strikes twice, so how unlucky is Babu to be a victim of a hit and run not just once but twice? He broke one leg 3 years earlier, and today, 3 years later, history repeats itself on another of his leg. Not only that, he has also lost the love and support of his beloved workers. We can only imagine how scared and alone he must feel right now. How much more must this handsome boy go through before his luck takes a turn for the better? 

As he no longer has the workers to look after him, we will need to find him a foster once he is discharged, and hopefully a forever home after he recovers. But our most urgent concern is to see him through his surgery. For now, we urgently need help with his vet bills. The sooner he undergoes the surgery, the better his chances of recovery. If you can help contribute towards his vet bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg. Thank you.


Written by Sam

9.2.16

Frontline & Revolution Needed


Look at all the happy doggies!!

What does Animal Rescue mean? It’s not always about dramatic rescues, but the mundane day to day tasks may be even more important. Every month, we visit more than 20 dogs under our care, living in factories or farms, to apply Frontline and Revolution. Tick and heartworm prevention does not sound exciting, but they are absolutely important in ensuring the health of our dogs and like what they say; prevention is always better than cure.

Applying Frontline on all the dogs living in the fish farm


Help buy Frontline & Revolution for us please


All the doggies are sooo cute and sweet!

Worker, Saegar, helping us hold Tiger while we apply

This is Tiger; intelligent, handsome and well-loved by the workers

Living in the open means constant exposure to ticks, parasites and of course, lots of mosquitoes, and we want to ensure the doggies are safe from possible life threatening illness. After all, it is cheaper to prevent, than to treat. Heartworm treatment can take up to 6 months and is not only costly but also extremely stressful for the dog. We are currently low on supplies and will desperately need new supplies of Frontline (for dogs 10 to 20kg and more than 20kg), Revolution (for dogs 10 to 20kg and more than 20kg) and also Frontline for cats as we will apply for the felines as well if we have sufficient supply.


Please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you have any leftovers to donate or if you will like to purchase the Frontline / Revolution directly and send it to us. Please join us in our fight to help the doggies stay Healthy and Happy!

And after all that is done, it's time for a feast! Our volunteers bake meatloaves and cook for these dogs on all our visits

4.2.16

Be Prepared! First Aid Saves Lives


Volunteers being taught how to approach an injured dog

Our volunteers are dedicated and passionate about what they do. Often finding themselves on the front line of rescue work, they wanted to be equipped with more knowledge on how to help the dogs they come across, and also of course, how to be a better pet owner at the same time.



Learning how to muzzle a dog when you don't have a muzzle on hand
The substitute muzzle made the poor doggy look like a Christmas present. 

So they attended the Pet Savers Program conducted by Pawsitive Sensations. There, they learnt Pet CPR and first aid. They also gained a deeper insight into what to do in certain emergencies like how to help a dog choking, how to stop the bleeding if a dog gets a serious cut and is bleeding excessively or what can be done when a dog stops breathing or goes into shock. Learning about how to take a dog’s pulse and how to tell if a dog has a fever are equally important concerns to learn about. These topics are important in our line of work with the strays, as well as good to have knowhow as pet owners.


Performing CPR on the dog

Checking for pulse

Of non-emergency cases, they learnt how to care for senior dogs. How to make senior dogs comfortable, what ailments senior dogs are more susceptible to, and how to spot these symptoms. They also learnt how to provide simple dental care and what checks to do daily to ensure the well-being of our much loved dogs and much more. Our volunteers left the class feeling smarter and much better equipped with knowledge to be able to help more of our street dogs, and their own dogs as well.  

Instructor Zoe Gan
It was a fun and insightful day. Our volunteers took back a lot of newfound information and are more confident in their rescue work as they are better equipped with the knowledge to help our strays.


Learning to tie a pressure bandage


Written by: Sam

25.1.16

Why Must I Walk My Dog?


There are many people who would like to adopt dogs but do not want to walk their dogs, at least not regularly. Walking their dogs, they feel, is an activity to do "when the mood strikes". At the very most, they take the dogs out on the weekends or on holidays, as if the walk were a luxury for the dogs, rather than a necessity. It has made us so paranoid that we may be sending our dogs to a life of imprisonment that we are hesitant to paper or pee-pad train our dogs!


Despite popular belief, the walk is not just so the dogs can go potty. So it does not matter if the dog is housebroken or if the dog has a large garden to do his business in. The dog may be a domesticated animal, but they still have some primal instincts. One of these is the need to walk. The dog, no matter how small, coiffed and cute he may be, is the descendant of the grey wolf. Wolves are nomads by nature and spend up to a third of their time on the move, sometimes covering more than 150km in search of food. This wanderlust is deeply ingrained in a dog's DNA. While the story of the lone wolf has been romanticized in stories, the wolf is mostly a pack animal. This pack mentality has also been passed on to the dog. Ever noticed how your dog gets really excited before a walk? This is a remnant of the pack behaviour from their wolf ancestors, where they exhibit the same excited behaviour as they work up adrenaline before a hunt. 
  

While letting a dog run around the garden or at a dog run is good exercise, they are not substitutes for walking the dog. These activities do not provide the same mental stimulation a dog gets by investigating every sight, smell and sound on a stroll. A garden, no matter how big, is still a prison if the dog is not allowed outside the 4 walls. Can you imagine being on house arrest even if home was a large mansion? Can you blame dogs for developing neurotic behaviours if they get put on doggy house arrest for most, if not all, of their lives? 


Walking a dog helps socialise the dog. The dog will get to meet other dogs and people on the trail. Even if the dog does not get to meet any other dogs on her walk, she will still learn about the other dogs who have been through the area by their pee. Dogs checking other dogs' pee is like humans checking updates on Facebook. This allows the dog to find out about who the other dog is, and what he has eaten that day and if he is feeling under the weather or not. All this information just from a sniff!


Regardless of whether there are other dogs in the family, the dog is still a pack animal. The humans in the household become part of the pack. Where along the hierarchy the humans fall into is dependent totally on the humans themselves. Walking the dog the right way helps to establish the human as the leader of the pack. The dogs will fall into place as long as the leader position is assumed. Otherwise, the dog may start to assert himself over the human if he feels that he has no leadership. This is the start of most, if not all, of a dog's behavioural issues. A well-walked dog is a well-behaved dog. Not only does the walk provide the dog with physical and mental stimulation and leave the dog contentedly tired, it also helps establish the human as the leader in this relationship. 


The best part about walking a dog? It helps cultivate bonding between the human and the dog. Spending time with your dog discovering new places and sharing experiences strengthens and enriches your relationship with your dog. Not to mention that walking the dog has an indirect benefit of keeping you active and healthy!





So take hold of that leash and walk on, pack leader. May your walk be full of discoveries and wonders for both you and your dog!

Written by : Sam

18.1.16

Adopt, Don't Shop!

"Let’s get that Chihuahua, or Silky Terrier, or how about that Teacup Poodle?"

Walk into any pet shop and you are bound to hear people repeat questions like this all the time. It saddens us when the decision to get a family pet hinges on the condition of the potential pet being purebred.

Lucky Pearl and her forever love

Since racism is frowned upon in the human world, why can't we also stop the stereotype that only purebred dogs are desirable? These unfortunate purebred dogs on display are mostly bred in pet farms under dire health conditions, and the dogs used as "baby ovens" to churn out puppies are often found to be grossly neglected, abused and in extremely poor health.

AVA recently implemented guidelines on proper pet farm practices, but when secret checks were conducted, they found that the majority of pet farm operators still do not adhere to these guidelines. For every dog that you coo over in the glass display, there are many unseen and suffering ones in the pet farms. Stop supporting the dog breeding industry so that fewer dogs have to suffer!

Wang Wang and his siblings

Instead, walk into any dog shelter and you'll see there are hundreds of healthy, fun-loving and equally adorable dogs looking for a home, at a fraction of the cost! They all have their own stories to tell and are pretty resilient after going through their ordeals. Some have big personalities, some prefer to hide between your ankles, some are so docile you can leave your babies with them unattended, some are the perfect exercise buddies and some are just happy to be your shadow. There are so many different characters to choose from and each one is unique in their own way.

Alfie and his mommy

Marley and his new family

Ariel Bean and her new sisters
All of HOPE's dogs are taken for a full comprehensive medical checkup, vaccinated, sterilized, microchipped, tested for parvo virus, distemper, kidney and liver functions (all costing almost $1000, sometimes more). That's more than most pet stores will do for their puppies for sale. We must say, we are extremely proud of what we do for these rescued dogs. Some know basic commands and with a little patience, can be taught all sorts of tricks. Some are taught to be little helpers around the house; fetching and putting away things, guarding the front door, entertaining children, and some are taught to be companions and healers, going around to people who need some cheering up. And then there are some who simply want to be your lapdog, jumping into your lap at every opportunity.

Muffin and her mummy
Amber and her Papa

One thing we know for sure, is that all rescued dogs are very thankful and appreciative of you opening your hearts and homes to them, and giving them a second chance at life. All lives are precious, be it big or small-sized. Adopt a rescued dog and save a life today!

Visit our adoption page to save a life.

15.1.16

Cassie Needs A Home

Introducing sweetest Cassie!!

Gorgeous

Gets on well with dogs

Cassie is friendly and sociable

Despite her size and height (she's like a little pony), Cassie is the sweetest, most gentle dog you will ever meet. Calm, elegant and polite. She is fun and playful when it's time to play, but also obedient and well-mannered when she needs to be. All you need is a soft NO and she drops what she is doing and behaves!



Cassie absolutely adores babies and young children



Cassie is estimated to be almost two years old and she's a rather good looking dog. She is adorable, sometimes goofy and her mannerisms will make you laugh. She keeps herself entertained with her toys and she loves her food and treats. She has no aggression with food and humans. She allows you to pat her, open her mouth, touch her while she is eating etc. – such is the sweet temperament of dear Cassie.

Her eyes light up whenever she is with children
























We had rescued Cassie as a feral dog as she was found in a densely forested area, and we estimated that she would require at least 3 to 6 months of rehabilitation, if not more. How wrong we were! After a mere week, we realized she loved hanging out with other dogs and found strength and confidence just by being in their company. She watched them play with toys and observed their behaviour and mimicked them. This was a true eye opener for us as well, as we realized how our pack of dogs had taught Cassie confidence, courage, and how to behave like a pet dog. It was more than a human could ever teach.


In no time, her true colors emerged. We realized that she was just a big baby who loves to play, eat and sleep! She loves to play with toys and gets along with all dogs, even the smaller ones as she sees all dogs as her playmates.

Cassie's a pretty good swimmer

So good looking and obedient