20.11.14

Homeless Mommy And Her Babies

It’s always fun to play with puppies; their carefree charm, their playful nature and especially their infectious joyful squeaks. We found a litter during one of our regular feeding rounds and were completely smitten by them.

Volunteer, Val, with one of the puppies

For years, we have been feeding the strays around this particular industrial estate weekly, and yet not once had we spotted this particular dog until 3 weeks ago. We noticed that she seemed to be nursing and upon checking with some of the workers working in the area, understood that she had given birth to a litter of 6 puppies.

How did she suddenly appear in a dangerous industrial estate? Was she abandoned there because she was pregnant? 

Mommy and her cute puppy, who looks like a little bear

She truly longs for a home

Playing with her Mommy in a busy car park is not how a puppy should be raised

Food that is fed to these tiny puppies

This is their home


We decided to check on them regularly and last week, we headed back to the same location, but could only find the mother dog with 3 of her puppies, leaving us to wonder about the fate of the other 3 puppies. What could have happened to them? Were they knocked down by the trucks that frequently drove around the area, attacked by other animals or died from illness or infection?  It was too dark and we could hardly see, but we were too worried with the missing puppies and went back the very next day to take a better look at the litter.

The puppies live in here with Mommy

In the daylight, we took in their appalling living conditions with a sinking heart. There was a lingering smell of stale food which was lying all around them and huge rats almost as big as the puppies scampering around. Had a rat eaten one of the lost puppies?

This little one looks like a Retriever 

The little black bear


Volunteers feeding the puppies

These little puppies are living in a makeshift shelter plagued by dangers lying around every corner. They could be bitten by the huge rats, cut by the sharp objects that are strewn all over the floor, or hit and run over by huge trucks which was a common sight in the area. They are exposed to the elements with no proper shelter to seek refuge in and from the rain which has been pouring mercilessly almost every night. The poor babies do not even have a towel and must be feeling so cold. I could easily envision them shivering and trying to seek warmth by cuddling together but it probably wouldn’t help much.


The 3rd cute little puppy (all 3 are males)

Look how tiny they are, just slightly bigger than a can of dog food.

Although we try to feed them weekly, it is hardly enough as the puppies are still growing and their regular meals are those contributed by workers who worked or lived nearby and consists of leftovers that has gone sour and bad. No doubt these workers have kind intentions, but it’s scarcely enough to fill them and definitely insufficient for a growing baby.


The puppies are only 6 to 7 weeks old and one look is enough to melt your heart. They are sweet and friendly and one of them even turned over for a belly rub! Although the mother dog is protective of her puppies initially, she soon lost her reservations and warmed up to us quickly and is ever so affectionate! She begged for hugs and even reciprocates by giving you a little kiss on your lips! Mummy dog is very young and estimated to be less than 2 years old. She is such a pretty girl and is possibly a Sharpei cross.

Poor Mommy, heavily laden with milk



It's so unbelievable, Mommy is absolutely gorgeous, calm and affectionate. 


We have been reiterating that we are stretched to the limits recently with the spate of rescues and we have currently 20 dogs waiting to be adopted. We do not have a shelter and no place to house them. We cannot even afford to buy time by putting them at a temporary foster because we are just unable to commit. It pains us to leave them but we have no choice. It has been raining every night and this poor family has been wet and cold while we are warm and snug under our blankets.

The three male puppies that are available for adoption

We have begged so many times for adopters and we knew how slim a chance it is trying to get not 1, but 4! And yet, we cannot help but to appeal once again for your help. This Christmas, instead of buying another bag, instead of going for another holiday, perhaps you may want to open your door to a furry angel who will give you the best Christmas ever. Sometimes, we procrastinate, we worry if we can commit, if we can provide adequate care, if we will have sufficient time. Yes, adopting a dog requires commitment, a long term one akin to having a child, but the rewards more than exceeds any sacrifices.


‘Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.’  By Roger Caras


Time is of the essence here due to the perils that they face in their living environment. Please email us at hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg and make this the best Christmas for Mummy dog and her babies.


Note : We are looking for adopters. Not fosters. With fostering, very often people return the dogs / puppies to us after a few weeks / months of fostering and then what happens? We can’t possibly return them to the streets after having fostered them for a few months. As a result, we would then have to put them at commercial boarding, up to $480 per dog / per month and this may go on for years and we definitely can’t afford that. So we hope you will understand that we purely want adopters, not fosters.

15.11.14

A Remarkable Dog, Bobby

Left for dead in a factory, Bobby had gone without food and water for weeks and was too weak to even drag himself up to search for food. Three months later, things are looking brighter for this remarkable dog.

When we first rescued him, covered with bloody sores
Three months later, still skinny but so much happier and many shades lighter!


3 months ago, his body was covered with open sores with maggots crawling out, he was tick infested and had fleas all over his entire body crawling over his face, ears and eyes! Saying that he was in a pathetic state was an understatement! But time and again in rescue work, we have been surprised and impressed by the will and resilience of our charges. They don’t complain, they don’t whine and moan and they take it all in their stride.



Look at Bobby – to say the least, he has gone through hell and back. He has been warded for more than 2 months, had his penis amputated and was diagnosed with TVT and post op, he had to undergo 4 courses of chemotherapy to ensure his body was free from cancer.

Volunteer, Wendy, with her best friend, Bobby

He's even strong enough for go for walks!!
His right ear, which had closed on its own due to a prolonged infection, has yet to recover. It still oozes pus from a tiny pinhole opening in his right ear. There is no way that a vet can examine the inside of his ear as it has been sealed shut. The only way will  be to surgically open his ear hole which means putting him under GA yet again. With his age and heart murmur, this is a risk we are hesitant to take.



Bobby truly deserves a family of his own and to enjoy his golden retirement years. In this article, we will like to overload you with gorgeous photographs of Bobby because we simply can’t believe how far he has come and how good looking he is today.



From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK each and every one who has helped in Bobby’s recovery. Without your love and support, Bobby may not be with us today.


Bobby is a local street dog, estimated by the vets to be between 9 to 11 years old. Because of living on the streets for years, there is a lot of wear and tear in this old boy; he suffers from heart murmur, arthritis and loss of hearing in one ear.



He gets on with dogs and humans and is pretty much an independent dog. He needs regular short walks daily to pee, poo and exercise to ensure his muscles do not waste away.


If you can give him a piece of your garden, a space in your home and a room in your heart, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg


*HOPE Dog Rescue will not be rescuing any more dogs as we now have 20 dogs in our care. If our dogs are not rehomed, more street dogs will continue to wait in vain for help to arrive.

10.11.14

What’s Wrong With Black Dogs Anyway?

Black is beautiful. MISHKA is beautiful.



Black dogs are often the last to adopt out, for whatever the reasons, whether it's because they don't photograph as well, or people think they look meaner, fiercer etc. But they are just as sweet on the inside and are also strikingly beautiful on the outside with their shiny black coats. HOPE Dog Rescue has 20 dogs in our care, of which almost half are black dogs.


Today we would like to tell you about MISHKA 


Young Mishka was rescued together with his brother when he was barely a month old, a cute tiny fluff ball the size of our palm, as he had maggot wounds on his back. We have featured him many times on our blog and Facebook page but despite all that awareness, he has not even had a single enquiry for adoption. Even for fostering, it was limited and not all foster homes were conducive for a growing puppy who needed nurturing and guidance. Mishka’s brother, Arslan, (now renamed Terry) was only adopted because of a friend’s recommendation, else we would still have the two black brothers with us.


Is black is too ordinary?


Take a look at these pictures and tell us why Mishka has not found a loving home despite being so handsome and well behaved? Mishka is now 5 mths old, pee pad trained, gets on well with dogs and is not a destructive little puppy. He might be a little shy and timid, but aren’t we all? We just need a little time to warm up.


We know you prefer colours but is that doggy discrimination? Did you know more black dogs die each year than any other colour. They are the first in line for euthanasia. They are also the most common coloured victims on the streets because they cant be seen in the dark. That’s the sad reality for these gorgeous black dogs.

Mishka needs to be out of his present foster home by November 13, this Thursday. We have no idea where he will go after Thursday. Commercial boarding is not an option as that would undo all the good that he has learnt.


We have no plans for him after Thursday because we have that little bit of HOPE that an angel will come and save MISHKA.


ADOPT MISHKA.

Male, local crossbreed. 5 months old, fully vaccinated, sterilized, perfect health.

Email: hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

4.11.14

Hiraku

Things were looking a little brighter for Hiraku after he was discharged from the vet and placed in a foster home. We could finally heave a sigh of relief.

We took him to have his eyes checked

Hiraku at his foster home (he was a little apprehensive of the photographer)
Unfortunately, the vet delivered some really shocking news to us two days later although the blood works was done during his stay at the vet - Hiraku was FIV positive. But we're relieved the other foster cats weren't affected. Some symptoms started to develop a few days later, he was vomiting and had diarrhea, so we had to take him back to the vet to get examined. That was when we found out poor Hiraku was running a temperature and even had mites! The mites could've gotten worse overtime since the first visit, as the previous vet was not aware of them and we truly regret putting the other foster cats at risk.

What a sweet, gorgeous looking cat.
That was when a more thorough check was done on Hiraku. The vet took his temperature, did a blood test and had him dewormed. He was dehydrated and had to be put on drip, warded and kept under observation. It was so painful to watch Hiraku suffer even further.

Despite the horrifying condition he was in, Hiraku's beauty never faded with his illness. The vet commented about how sweet and extremely handsome he is. But amidst his uncomfortable illness, he was feeling very down and couldn't reciprocate well to the lovely praises he received. It was indeed heart wrenching to watch him in that state…


Now with his right eye blinded from cataract that was diagnosed at his first visit to the vet, his vision's getting worse with his left eye giving him problems else well. The vet further examined his left eye and found a tear and scarring that could've been caused from excessive scratching and was left untreated. Unfortunately it had developed into early stage cataract and left Hiraku with extremely limited vision…

Despite all these ordeals, the little darling has been very calm, and is an extremely sweet boy. Appetite's not too much of an issue as he still eats well and has recently been sterilized. Give Hiraku another chance and a loving home to continue his journey in life. Put a roof over him and shower him with all the care and love he's been lacking.


We're calling out for an adopter that has a cat proof house as house checks will be conducted. Priority will be given to homes with no cats or cats with FIV as well. Hiraku's a handsome male cat, estimated to be between 5 to 7 years old.


To lend a helping hand with the vet bills, or give Hiraku a loving home to make up for the hard life he has gone through, please email us at hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg


Written by Wendy Yeo
Photo credits by Wayne from The Dotty Ones (excludes the two photographs taken at the vet)