Have A Heart. Adopt A Dog

Dog owners will agree that there's nothing quite like the reception we get coming home to our dogs. That dance of joy is enough to make anyone feel like a superstar with each arrival home! Dogs alleviate feelings of loneliness, whether we've been packed in like sardines with nameless strangers on the MRT, or just another person alone in their car stuck in the jam on the KJE. As dog owners, most of us are greeted first by our dogs, even if our home is packed with family members! For many elderly people who live alone, dogs are their constant companions.

Happy (3+ years, female, not HDB approved)
Research has shown that owning a pet helps decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and provides greater opportunities for exercise and socialization. So many of us feel tired after a long day, drained of energy. Walking the dog is the last thing we want to do. We grab the leash regardless and drag ourselves outside, only to feel refreshed and relaxed after a nice walk with our best friend. Going on a walk, or playing with the dog outdoors often gives us the opportunity to meet new people. What better way to make new friends?

Bonnie (6 years, female, HDB approved)
So often we hear of people struggling with addiction, depression, physical impairments, or aging that force themselves to walk the dog, or go to the store to buy them food. The routine of caring for their dogs keeps them engaged in the world, and helps keep them going. Dogs are fast being recognized for their therapeutic abilities, for sensing seizures, leading the sightless, helping children with special needs, sniffing out drugs, explosives and even cancer. Dogs provide friendship and security to children. Children growing up with dogs learn compassion and empathy.

Roxy (2 years, female, HDB approved)

How many of us learned to be responsible caregivers as a result of caring for the family dog? Having a pet teaches children to respect another living being from an early age. Older children learn to be reliable and responsible - feeding, grooming and walking a living creature that depends on them. For kids who are too young to do much of the caregiving, they watch us model that behavior and the lessons of proper care, reliability, and trust become ingrained early. Take your kids with you to vet appointments so they can see all that's involved in caring for the dog. Let them ask questions and understand what's happening. Sometimes teenagers bring the family dog to the vet and this allows the teenager to understand the dog, to learn more about its health and ailments and how perhaps they can help give the dog a more comfortable lifestyle.

Rover (4 mths old, male, uncertain if he will be HDB approved as he is still growing)
Do you still need more reasons for owning a dog? They bring beauty, loyalty and joy to our lives. There's a purity in our relationship with our dogs that's unique and constant. I love my dogs. My entire life and being revolves around them. They are my life, for without them, I would have no life. They’ve opened my eyes to a world I never knew existed. They taught me love, kindness, compassion, patience and so much more that we were never taught in school.

Have a heart. ADOPT.

Take a look at our rescued dogs needing a home


Babu's Updates (After Surgery)

Babu had his surgery as scheduled. It was a long and intense procedure which lasted 4 whole hours. Babu's bones were fractured into fragments such that they could not just insert a steel plate. Screws had to be inserted to hold the steel plate in place.

Look how badly his bones have been shattered

Imagine the pain. We don't know how long he was suffering for before he was picked up by SPCA. It was no wonder his arm was so swollen. It's amazing how tough dogs are. Humans whine so much at the tiniest cut, and anything bigger than that would require immediate medication and rest. Dogs on the other hand can go through all this pain without any such luxury and still survive. Babu had no one to turn to and no one to help or pamper him.

Steel plates and screws in Babu's front right leg

We visited Babu today. He needed some coaxing but he finally finished the home cooked food which was delivered by our volunteers. We could see the sadness in his eyes. Though he was on strong pain killers, he still whined pitifully. 

Poor darling Babu feeling very sorry for himself 

We do not know if he will be able to use his leg. We will just have to wait and see in the next few days. It will be a long road to recovery for Babu.

What a long surgical wound, nicely stitched by his vet (the vet did mention that Babu is very muscular and well built) 

Earlier in a Facebook update, we said that Babu was about 9 to 10 years old. Checking back on his previous records which we had kept, he should only be about 6 to 7 years old. Barely middle aged and already struck by misfortune twice. Poor Babu.

Babu has gone through so much pain and suffering in his life. Can any kind soul please give him a home? 

Thanks to everyone who responded to our plea for help with Babu's surgery bills. He will require many more vet reviews in the upcoming weeks, not to mention massage and hydrotherapy, if we can afford it. We hope that fellow dog lovers will continue to help with his vet bills. Babu is also up for adoption. To help with Babu's vet bills or adopt him, email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

Written by Sam


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


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


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