The Clan Dogs

A local clan association had approached us for help with two of their dogs as sadly, their caregiver had passed on and none of the staff had time for the dogs. The dogs are extremely well fed but kept in an enclosure 24/7. Both have bad skin and ear infection, possibly from food and environmental allergies. Bob had a small wound on his head, likely from scratching his ears and his long nails had scratched his head and caused a wound.

Initially we had asked them to take Bob to the vet to have his wound checked but the clan association did not have manpower to do so, thus we booked a house call for the vet to go down to see both Bob and the other girl dog. 

One male dog, Bob,12 years old, was deaf and blind in one eye, likely from cataract, while the other was Ah Pei, female, 6 years old. With a soft spot for senior and special needs dogs, we offered to take Bob. Unfortunately, when they showed us Bob’s licence, he was licenced as a Presa Canario, which is a scheduled breed in Singapore, requiring private residence, bond and insurance in order to license the breed. Because of this, we are unable to take Bob in and we are appealing to anyone who has a private residence and a space for Bob, to consider giving him a chance. He is huge, looks about 40kg but very sweet, friendly and a big baby. He allowed his nails to be clipped without fuss. We don’t know how he is with other dogs, but he is fine with Ah Pei, who looks up to Bob and follows him around.

For now, the dogs have been given meds for their itch, had their nails clipped and ears cleaned. The vet had recommended they change the kibbles and canned food to something more hypoallergenic.

Ah Pei is a small local dog, about 16kg. She is high energy but you can't blame her as she has been locked up all her life. With daily walks, we are sure she will eventually calm down. Ah Pei is also friendly, sweet and she too had no issues with nail clipping.

If anyone has a home for Bob , Ah Pei or both, please email us and we will put you in touch with the caregivers. Please help them so they will experience some joy and freedom.

Our email – hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg 

A vet visiting the clan dogs 

Long nails (Ah Pei) 

Long nails (Bob) 

Sweet old big baby

Sweet Ah Pei; all she wants is pat pat & walks

Vet nurses clipping Bob's nails 

Sweet old Bob 

The vet said he needed to lose some weight 

Ear cleaning 

Ah Pei getting to know the vet before nail clipping 


Unclaimed Dog (Barney Schnauzer)

The schnauzer that was picked up from Tah Ching Road late last Friday has not been claimed. A check with AVS shows he is not licensed and thus his owners cannot be traced. Posters had been put up by the lady that found him. 

He has been staying at the vet as we have no fosters on hand.

We took him at 1am on Saturday (14 May 2022) and did a basic blood test.

When we found him / after grooming

Here’s what we know so far :

  • Male / not sterilized – will be soon
  • Ears very dirty and fur unkempt
    Dirty, hairy ears
  • Rotten teeth with many teeth missing (will have dental soon)
  • Long, curled nails 
Nails too long, they curled
  • Very dry, patchy, flaky skin – has had one medicated bath at the vet
Dirty, patchy, flaky skin

  • Has been tested for ringworms, awaiting results 
  • Blood test shows kidney & liver functioning well, dehydrated 
  • Vet estimates him to be about 12 years old, weighs 8.7kg. He is a little tubby.
  • Doesn’t like being caged, will bark and shred pee pads. Once he is out of the cage, he is extremely sweet and obedient.
  • Loves meeting dogs and very affectionate with people
  • He is a very good boy – just quietly lay down when he was groomed and when he had his blood drawn.
  • May have been beaten because a few times when we raised our hands above him, he will cower and submit.
The night we picked him up

The harness he was wearing; how ironical 

We have named him BARNEY because he is so pleasant and fun-loving. 

This week Barney will undergo a heart & abdomen ultrasound, followed by dental and sterilization. This is the norm for all our rescues as we want to ensure they are in the best of health and if they are unwell, at least we will be able to pick it up early and treat.

Barney at the vet, right after he was picked up

Sweet Barney needs help with the following :

  1. Foster for at least 3 mths. Foster should not leave him home alone for more than 6 hours. Preferably with a nice dog to play with. Be able to provide 3 walks & 2 meals a day and observe fluid intake.
  2. Help with his medical procedures 

Email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you can help.

Please note he is not available for adoption at the moment. He will be, when he is ready in a month or two.


A Happy Ending After All

It was a journey full of lessons that started on the first day I fostered Charcoal. After seeing firsthand how FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) had caused his breathing to be so laboured that he almost died, I knew I needed to help him get better. After all, I was one of the volunteers who brought baby Charcoal to the vet slightly more than a year ago when a worker found him inside a drain. 

Frankly speaking, I didn’t plan to adopt Charcoal when I first decided to foster him. My only aim then was to see him get better. But the long road to recovery had bonded us. The first few weeks were extra memorable as I tried to get a hang of caring for a cat. Despite being sick, Charcoal liked to mew late at night to a point that I was worried my neighbours would complain. It wasn’t that he was in pain - he probably was not used to the new home environment. That’s now all water under the bridge. Charcoal is now comfortable and he sleeps wherever he pleases. I am lucky that my bed is big enough for the two of us! 

I have always wanted to have a cat and I am grateful to have adopted Charcoal. I am also eternally grateful for the support from my family, my lovely volunteer family at HOPE, and the generosity of HOPE’s donors, that Charcoal has now been given a new lease of life.

Story by Fadzil


Vet talk for our volunteers

All of us at Hope Dog Rescue love animals. We could go through fire and water to relieve their pain and suffering. Just seeing the smiles on their faces is worth all that we have to go through. Even if it means crawling through mud, jumping into drains and getting through with no food and sleep during our rescue operations. We might be drenched in dirt, and weak from exhaustion by the time we walk through the clinic doors with the injured animal. But, we are always filled with hope, and a feeling of relief when the medical team receives us at the clinic.

Volunteer Kenneth helping out on one of our late night rescues 

We admit, oftentimes, we find ourselves ill-equipped to help the strays. How do we know if a limp or wound is serious, how should we carry an injured animal, when are urgent interventions needed, etc. It fills us with dread when we are confronted with an injured or sick animal. Some of us are not seasoned rescuers, but the stray dogs and cats we encounter are usually emergency cases from broken bones to badly infected bloody wounds.

Volunteer Daryl helping to shave Blackie for a procedure

So when our kind team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians asked if our volunteers would be interested in a sharing session, we were absolutely thrilled and jumped at the opportunity. For some of us, being a vet is a dream career but sadly we are not destined for it in this lifetime. Getting our kind vet to teach us is the next best thing.

ARVC staff, Dr Randy, showing our volunteers how to do a subcut

The sharing has been truly fruitful and enjoyable. We touched on several topics ranging from the different routes of parenteral medication administration, platelet factors, judging the severity of a limp, mange treatments, cat flu to feeling a full bladder, etc. We learnt, there are needle insertion angles for various types of parenteral administration of medication: intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous, and intradermal injection. Did you know? We had plenty to ask and thousands of questions.

The knowledge provided us with greater insights into the care of an animal and invaluable knowledge for our rescue work. Of course, we had to try out what we learnt. Poor Chloe was the guinea pig during our learning session on administering fluids via the subcutaneous route. We are pleased to say we did a pretty good job with her.

Volunteers Jean & Fadzil doing a subcut on Chloe

Everyone had a pawsome time despite the fact that we were tired after a long day at work.

We are very grateful to the team at ARVC for their time, effort and kind initiative. It is not every day that we get the opportunity to learn from veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Thank you very much to the lovely team at ARVC for supporting our work and helping us to further our cause of helping animals in need. We hope that we will be able to help more animals with our newly gained knowledge and skills.


Kai Kai the Lunar New Year Rescue

When we thought we had seen it all, along comes another rescue worst than what we have ever seen.

Brace yourself before scrolling down; it will make you so sad and so angry. This dog’s condition is much worse than the strays we have rescued and WORST than poor old Buddy and we thought that was bad. You can’t even begin to imagine his nightmare!

Eyes so infected he couldn’t open them

Kai Kai, 15 year old Shihtzu, male, unsterilized; left at home with huge wounds untreated because the family said, “he is not in pain because he can eat, sleep, walk.” How strong was the dog’s sense of survival, to be in so much pain, and yet still eat daily to survive? I would have turned violent at that moment but I needed to keep calm in order to save the dog. After lots of negotiation and discussion, the family finally agree to let us take the dog to the vet and they wanted the dog back by the end of the day and oh, please shave him while he’s at the vet. Fuming yet?

Nails so long it curled sideways

Here’s the list of Kai Kai’s problems :

  • dry eyes
  • multiple ulcerated and infected masses (both ears and right knee) 
  • grade 4 dental disease
  • chronic skin issues 
  • heart murmur 
  • possible mass in the abdomen 
  • a few bladder stones 
  • small uneven sized testicles (not castrated)
  • non regenerative anemia

Huge infected tumour in his right ear. He no longer had a ear canal 😭

Another tumour in his left ear

As I carried him and ran to my car to rush him to the vet, I felt his laboured breathing and prayed that he would not stop breathing just as he was saved. In the car, his wounds were so foul smelling, I had to drive with the windows down. And mind you, this was a pet.

Where’s his eye?

At the vet, the nurses and vets gasped in shock at the sight of his badly infected masses. Our 5th rescue in just one month and this sweet little dog was the worst of the lot. We said we couldn’t help anymore dogs and will not take in any rescues for a while – we don’t have fosters, adopters, funds and we can’t keep saving them with nowhere to go and bills to pay. Our volunteers are extremely exhausted.

Badly decayed teeth

For now, Kai Kai has been shaved, all his wounds flushed and cleaned and he managed to eat a bit. The wound on his right ear was so bad, we could see his cartilage. We will be arranging for a cardiac and abdomen ultrasound soon. When we get a better idea of his heart condition and what’s going on inside him, then we can decide if he is fit enough to undergo surgery to remove his ulcerated masses. The vet reckons it would have been a year or so that poor Kai Kai had been left in this painful and pitiful condition. 

His nails were so long and over time he became bow legged.

HOPE believes in speaking up for animals and standing up for them. Many of the abuse / neglect cases, we report and support with vet reports; after which, the outcome is not within our control. In the case of Kai Kai, the owner refused to let us take their dog to the vet. We could have left and then reported the case, but that may take weeks before the authorities do something and time was not on our side. We didn’t want to delay Kai Kai’s pain and suffering and so the deal was made that if they surrendered him to us, we will not report. Some may not agree with what we did, but in this case, standing up for Kai Kai meant helping him and taking him to get the medical attention he so badly needed. 

A big wart dangling beside his penis

Badly infected left eye

Badly infected right eye

Most shocking, a huge tumour on his back right inner thigh

A huge tumour in his back right inner thigh

Unkempt and extremely smelly

We had to shave him down

Long suffering soul

After cleaning his right ear, the vet noticed we could actually see the ear cartilage 😱😱

The huge tumour on the back leg

Here's what help we need :

  • Jasper – foster / adopter
  • Timmy – adopter
  • Tipsy – adopter
The huge tumour on the back leg

If you would like to help in any way, please email us hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg


Jasper; love means letting go.

Its almost the end of January and in just one month to the start of  2022, we have saved Peanut, Jackie, Blackie, Mimi the cat and taken in  Buddy, Tipsy the dog abandoned in the farm, Timmy the skeleton dog and  last night, one more. Lest you think it’s the season for spring  cleaning; let us tell you not to judge like we did. Not all owners who  surrender their dogs are unkind or don’t love them.

Dear old Jasper

Let us share with you the sad story of Leo and Jasper. Leo is human, Jasper is the dog whom we just took in.

Jaspar has a huge lump in his right ear.

Leo had adopted an ex-breeding Maltipoo from a breeder some 2 years back and he had asked the breeder if the dog was sterilized. Breeder said yes. A year later the dog came in heat, and he asked the breeder again and the breeder insisted that dogs sterilized will still be in heat. In the meantime, Leo’s father didn’t want the dog in his house  and so Leo and his dog moved in with his uncle.

At the vet with our volunteer

Discharge dripping from his nose

The second year, the Maltipoo had her heat again and this time Leo had planned to take the dog to the vet to check but sadly, before he could  do that, his dog suddenly collapsed. He rush his dog to the vet and  found out the dog had pyometra, infection of the uterus, common in  unsterilized females. She was only 9.

Checking for spinal pain

Anyway, during this period, he had moved in with his uncle, who had a  15 year old schnauzer. As the schnauzer got older, his brain started  to show signs of dementia. The uncle started getting impatient with  the old dog and would kick him away if the dog went near him.

Checking teeth. Nasal discharge observed.

Leo works long hours to make ends meet. When he is home, he takes care  of Jasper - feeds him, bathes him, lets Jasper sleep in his room etc.  Leo even bought diapers for Jasper so the dog would not pee everywhere and anger his uncle.

Rotten teeth. Left side of mouth totally no teeth.

Three weeks back, Leo had contacted us to say his uncle had an old  schnauzer that they wanted to surrender. Thereafter, we hadn’t heard from him again till yesterday. Leo told us he had thought long and  hard about giving Jasper up, but his genuine concern was that the  uncle would abuse Jasper when he was at work. And so, he made that difficult decision to surrender the dog.

Leo met us at the vet with a bag carrying Jasper’s food, bedding and diapers folded nicely for him. He had taken time off from work to give him a bath before meeting us. If a person doesn’t love the dog, they  will not bother to buy diapers, pack the stuff nicely etc – they would  probably give you a dirty, smelly dog in a plastic box, like Buddy.

Jasper weighs just 5kg. He is 15 years old.

Stomach full of food. Vet is concerned there is a blockage

Seems to have a narrowing of the trachea

We ran some bloods and did xrays as he has some nasal discharge, which  was a concern.

Here’s a summary :

  • Bad heart murmur (grade 4-5 out of 6)
  • Hind legs were so stiff like chopsticks, he can hardly bend them
  • Front legs – arthritis as well
  • No spinal and back pain
  • Poor vision, poor / no hearing 
  • Previously had hematoma in left ear
  • Left of mouth no teeth at all, right side 4 decayed teeth
  • Anaemic / pale gums – will get an iron jab
  • Lump inside the right ear but doesn’t seem worrying so to leave it
  • Dehydrated – will put on drip but drips needs to start slow as his  
  • heart is not so good
  • Not sterilized – left testicle is bigger than right.
  • Kidney / Liver ok
  • Xray shows stomach full of food – meds given to poo and try to clear  
  • food in stomach.
  • Incidental findings – bladder stones – can be caused by lack of water or diet
  • Ultrasound scheduled tomorrow to check heart and abdomen

Senior dogs are so precious

Inserting IV line as he was slightly dehydrated

Jasper will be warded for a few days till his condition stabilizes. To  foster or help with Jasper’s vet bills, please email  hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

For fostering, we require someone with some experience with senior  dogs and reasonably attentive to be able to pick up on his health if  he is unwell etc. Not leave him alone for more than 3 to 4 hours  as he may get hurt / stuck, or can't find water, etc.