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.


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


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


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


Adora's Updates

ADORA, looking like a whippet

Adora's surgery was a success. The vet has updated that she is eating and drinking well. She does have some mild food aggression and growls when you try to take her food away from her, but after having been starved for so long, what else do you expect? She weighs a mere 11kg. 
Her surgical wound is also healing nicely, though it is still a bit swollen. She will need to be on e-collar for 10-14 days to prevent her from licking and disrupting the healing process. Her poop was slightly soft so the vet has de-wormed her, just in case. Her overgrown nails have also been trimmed so she must feel a lot more comfortable now! Her vulva still drips blood and the vet reckons she has an infection and that the bleeding should stop in a few days.
Had she not been found and had a life-saving surgery, she may have died in a matter of days.

Blood still dripping from her vulva
Her skin is so raw that the slightest touch and she bleeds
Bleeding skin. Poor Adora

Her skin is really raw and itchy. It is difficult to stop her from scratching but we hope once the medications take effect, she will start feeling better.
She has been discharged to a temporary home but the family can only foster her for 2 more weeks. She will need a foster home to continue recuperating in. She is currently on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain medication. Adora is a slightly nervous dog so actions will need to be slow and small so that she is not startled. She did allow the vet to draw blood from her without nipping as long as they kept patting her and assuring her. Her slight food aggression also stems from this insecurity and with time and patience and a lot of TLC, she can overcome her fear and anxiety to become a confident dog. Will you be the one to guide her transformation? 
To foster or adopt Adora, email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg
Thank you to all the kind fellow dog lovers who helped save her life.


Spring Cleaning

It is "spring-cleaning" time of year, now that the new year is just around the corner; out with the unwanted. And to some heartless person, this dog got tossed out.

She is very skinny with her bones jutting out on various parts of her malnourished frame. Her nails are so overgrown that every step she took would have been agony. Both signs point to a long period of neglect before she was finally abandoned.

Ribs protruding and severe skin issues

Wonder how long it took to get the nails to this length?

She was spotted by April, who saw her roaming the housing estate in search of food. Using bread as bait, they managed to put a leash over her head when she came near to eat. She gobbled down some bread and water and collapsed soon after, weak and tired.

She collapsed shortly after April leashed her, weak from hunger, pain and illness

She is not able to sit and cries in pain when she tries to sit. We thought perhaps with her bony frame, it was too painful to sit. Her underside is red and has no fur. She is also on heat and we hope that no male dogs have gotten to her yet.

She is very scared and is possibly in pain, so she growls when we attempt to touch her, though we managed to leash her and rush her to the vet.

Blood droplets on the floor

At the vet, we noticed that if we raised our hands near her face, she would blink her eyes and back off, as if she had been beaten before. Having said that, she would wag her tail when we approached her, and by the end of the vet visit, she was leaning her head on our legs, craving for the touch that she probably never had.

Totally no fur on the lower part of her body. She reminds us of Elmo and Bonnie.

Needing some assurance
The vet commented that this dog had such sad eyes
Her raw and furless skin makes her look old, but in actual fact, she is probably a pretty young dog. The vet that attended to her commented that she had such sad eyes; eyes that had never seen happiness.

She is severely malnourished, dehydrated, weak and in pain. She has been warded and put on fluid therapy. The vet tried drawing some blood from her but it was extremely difficult as her skin had hardened and thickened. Also she was so severely dehydrated that hardly any blood came out from her.

This morning she was rushed in for an emergency life-saving surgery. The vet had noticed that her vulva was producing an extraordinary amount of discharge and further checks showed that she has pyometra. Pyometra happens in unsterilized female dogs and is life-threatening if not treated. Usually dogs in heat are not operated on but because her life was at risk, the vets had to proceed. It is suspected that she may have had this condition for months and would have been a matter of time before it killed her.

Adora, as named by her rescuer, April, is safely out of surgery and has just woken up. If all goes well, she will be discharged tomorrow. Her vet bill, to date, is $3300.

Adora means "beloved one" in Latin. 

Extremely high white blood cell count

Hard time trying to draw blood

She desperately needs help with her vet bills as well as a foster in two days’ time when she is discharged. HOPE is running on full capacity and can’t possibly take her in.

If you can help with :
1)    Vet bills
2)    Fostering

Please send an email to hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

Why did you throw me out? What did I do wrong? 

Written by: Sam


The Rescue of Chester

If you have ever been touched by the sight of a stray, cold, scrawny looking dog on the side of the road, scavenging for food, looking lost or dodging traffic; if you're simply tired of seeing so many of these beautiful creatures killed by the side of the road, or euthanized by the authorities; then perhaps you could help Chester.

Watch Chester’s rescue.
Chester actually didn't need to be muzzled because he was really sweet and gentle

Maggots were crawling out of his head and ears!

If you can help with his vet bills, foster, adopt Chester, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg so that he would not need to be returned to the streets after his recovery.

Tis the season of giving; let's show Chester some love.


Trixie; A Senior Rescue

It is often said, when you adopt a dog, you’re saving two lives. The dog you adopted and the dog you made room for. And tonight, this held true.

HOPE has always been known to take in senior dogs, dogs with special needs, and sick dogs - basically the less adoptable ones. We feel for them. In fact, we’re known as the rescue group with the most number of special needs dogs. Whereas with puppies, we know lots of people will rush to rescue them. We take in these old and special needs dogs, knowing we would probably be “stuck” with them for life. Of course, at the back of our minds, we hope that fellow dog lovers may open their hearts to them and take one in.  

The vacated factory
Taken 2 years ago when she still had a home in the factory

We have known this cream-coloured mama dog for almost 2 years. She used to have a factory, caregivers and doggie friends. Her best friend was a back female dog, probably as old as her and who may have been her sister. 

This was her best friend / sister 

Last year the factory closed down and left behind many dogs. The workers only took one young male dog with them. This is where Mathilda, Goldilocks, Hachiko and Horlicks came from. Some dogs continued to live in the vacated factory, loyal as dogs can be, waiting for the workers to come back for them. Some found ways out through holes in the fences and came out to look for food. During the day, they would sleep in the vacated factory.

Setting up the bait and carrier to trap her

We have been wanting to take this mama dog, whom we had named Trixie, and her black friend, but we did not have space for either of them. It was only last week that we managed to re-home one dog and thus, freed up room for Trixie. Sadly, her black doggy friend had disappeared some months back, possibly killed in an accident or caught and culled by AVA as this is a high culling area.

Volunteer, Weiling, coaxing Trixie to enter the carrier

After she lost her black doggy friend, she spent most of her days under a tractor, depressed. Her cream coat covered in sores, rough skin and oil. Each week when we fed her, we would notice her getting sadder and sadder. She probably missed her friends and her caregivers. Maybe she had seen so many of her fellow strays get caught and culled that she thought she would be next. 

Home was under this tractor 

We noticed that she was starting to develop difficulty in crawling out from under the tractor. Her hind legs were getting weaker and weaker. She wasn’t a young dog – she looked and acted more than 10 years old but stray dogs age faster so she could possibly be younger. Stray dogs just look old and tired from the years of hard living. Her body was weak and tired.

Looking like a ghost town

We planned to trap her one evening after work before it was too late. It had rained the entire day and it was cold, wet and chilly. Our volunteers braved the drizzle and cold to set up the carrier and lure her into it. It didn’t take more than an hour as she was really hungry (and trusting) and the smell of KFC was too irresistible. 

When we shoved her into the carrier, she didn’t even bother to put up a struggle. She was resigned to her fate. She must have seen too many of her friends get caught and disappear and thought that today, it was her turn to go. It was really sad, she had so much misery in her eyes. While we waited for the transport to take her to the vet, she just lay down in the carrier and trembled from being wet and cold. After a decade of animal rescue,  experience told us that this dog had given up on life. 

She remained despondent during the drive to the vet. Once at the vet though, she actually wagged her tail when she was let out of the carrier – she must have realized she wasn’t doomed. 


Volunteer, Gayle, assuring Trixie everything would be alright

Body covered with oil from the tractor

She was just so tired of life, she allowed us to do as we pleased

Sores on her body
Fractured tooth, missing teeth with pulp exposed. Vet reckoned these were caused by chewing on metal or stones.
As with all our rescues, we spare no expense in ensuring their well-being, so a full medical check and blood work was done. The vet estimated her to be around 7-8 years old, younger than the 10 we thought her to be. Her skin was badly infected and foul smelling. She had lumps in her mammary glands and discharge from her vulva. Fortunately the ultrasound scan showed nothing worrying, although her spleen was enlarged from tick fever. The scan also showed that her organs were all healthy and in good shape, and her uterus had been removed, signifying that someone had sterilized her. She was also severely dehydrated and her blood test showed her to be suffering from tick fever and was very anemic as a result.

Resigned to her fate 

Years of living on the streets

Bad and painful skin

Conduting an ultrasound on her was a breeze

Our monthly expenses are high because of the old and special needs dogs we have - recurring vet bills, supplements for the senior dogs, hydrotherapy and massage for the special needs dogs do not come cheap. And now we have Trixie to add to our monthly maintenance. We’re not burdened by this, because we know that there are many dog lovers and supporters that believe in what we do and will support our work and our rescues.  

Look at those eyes

A weather beaten body and eyes that have seen too much 
After living almost a decade on the streets, we believe that she deserves to be taken off the streets and to live her remaining years in a home where she no longer has to brave the rain, shiver cold and wet under the tractor or have to worry about her next meal. We believe you feel the same, too. 

Help Trixie forget about her sad pass and move on

We cannot imagine how being homeless feels like. Help us shower her with love and make up for all that she has missed out on. If you can help with her vet bills or sponsor her food or buy her a bed to finally rest in, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

Written by: Sam