24.2.17

The Diaper Club

Thank you everyone who helped make The Diaper Club outing to Sentosa Cove a memorable one!


Happy volunteers & happy doggies! 

Matthieu on his new wheels

The weather was perfect for a day out and so many of you responded to our call to drive The Diaper Club members to Sentosa that even Charlie the Golden Retriever and Mathilda could come along to join in the fun. Some even stayed on to help out. 

And in the black corner we have our favourite old man, Matthieu; and in the cream corner, we have a slightly younger old man, Charlie :-)  *Both are available for adoption*

A big thank you to Jamie for buying her royal highness, Queen SiDa, her purple wagon. It had to be purple of course because SiDa is nothing less than royalty!

Her Royal Highness, Queen SiDa in her new purple wagon. All hail the Queen in her Royal Carriage.

HRH Queen SiDa demanding she be scratched and patted; how dare you stop scratching me? 

Matthieu & Harper also wanted to jump on the band wagon, pun intended, but they were a little apprehensive about being so high from the ground, unlike Queen SiDa who settled right in. You could feel her joy especially since SiDa never really liked her wheelchair and always needed to be coaxed into walking.

Harper and her friend trying out SiDa's Royal Carriage

The original diaper club crew : Mattheiu, Harper and SiDa

Matthieu doesn’t like his new wheels either. Perhaps he’s an old man, and like lots of old folks, he's too set in his ways to get out of his comfort zone.


Charming Matthieu is still waiting for his forever home 

Harper is the only one that absolutely loves her wheels and her independence. 

The Diaper Club's next outing to Sentosa Cove will be on March 18, 4pm to 7.30pm. If you can help drive our Diaper Club members to the venue, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.


Thorn among the roses? 



Written by : Sam
Photography by : Felicia Lee Photography

20.2.17

Why Feed Strays?

To be honest, I used to be scared of cats and dogs. I still am scared of cats but ever since my first canine friend, Lucky, came into my life 5+ years ago, everything changed. He was about 8 years old, abandoned with a body full of ticks and his breath was bad from his rotting teeth. Since then, I developed a soft spot for senior and abandoned dogs. I wanted to help them in little ways that I can so that they have a second chance in life, like Lucky did. I guess you can say that Lucky was my greatest motivation and inspiration to help dogs in need out there.

A handsome stray enjoying his once a week feast

That said, I do not have any experience with other dogs besides Lucky, let alone big dogs. I didn’t know where to begin so I started with writing. And also because I wasn’t sure if I could handle seeing dogs with no homes and food, and not feel like bringing them home. Just when I finally took the first step to join the feeding session last December, my source of motivation fell ill... and I lost Lucky.
  
Poor puppy . .. . a future of bleakness. 

Your food contributions are very much appreciated

It was difficult but I went for the first feeding session three weeks after Lucky left. Every dog I saw that night made me wonder how Lucky must have felt when he was out there on his own - lost, scared, helpless and yearning for love and a home. While some of these dogs are luckier, staying in factories with people feeding them everyday, there’s always that risk that they will be left behind one day when the factories close down or move away. Or worse case scenarios - being knocked down by vehicles, or getting caught and culled by AVA.


Contrary to what people think, these street dogs aren’t all that aggressive at all. The look of happiness on their faces, and their wagging tails when they spotted us, made me realised why the volunteers did what they did for the past ten years. No doubt it is upsetting to see these dogs in this state, homeless and always on the lookout for food and shelter, and worrying whether they will still be there the following week, it didn’t stop them from spending that few hours every Saturday night driving through the industrial estate, feeding these dogs with donated home-cooked food. This does require quite a bit of time and financial commitments and I’ve nothing but respect for them.

Street dogs, as well as pedigrees or humans, are very similar - there are the nice & friendly ones, as well as the aggressive ones. 
Eyes that melt your heart


I’ve only been to three feeding sessions so far and it warms my heart each time to know that there are actually many compassionate people who are willing to come together to help these animals in need. Whether it’s the people who are physically there to feed the dogs, or those who cooked and supplied food for them, I am sure the dogs are very thankful for it. Well, yes, it still breaks my heart to see these dogs like this and I really fear the worst for them. But if everyone starts to think that way and stop going altogether, what is going to happen to them? Won’t it be selfish of us to strip them away from that few moments of happiness that they look forward to each week?

35kg of food is what we require every week to feed the hungry street dogs

It has been a very meaningful, and perhaps healing, experience for me. In reaching out to help other dogs in need, a small part of me was hoping that this will also help myself to cope with the loss of Lucky. I’m sure Lucky would have wanted me to continue helping his doggy friends too.  


If you are looking for ways to help animals in need and don’t know where to start, I would really encourage you to join the feeding sessions on Saturday nights. Or if you are unable to be there to feed these dogs, you can also consider donating home-cooked food such as rice, meat, eggs, chicken liver, etc. What can be more meaningful than spending your Saturday nights bringing happiness (and food) to these homeless dogs?





Written by: Shi Hua
Photography by Dean

14.2.17

Valentine's Day

Do you believe in love at first sight? If you don't, maybe it is just because you have not met The One yet. Celebrating Valentine's Day, we have a whole line of eligible furry bachelors and bachelorettes who just can't wait to be your special one. 

Harper (4 years old, female, special needs, HDB approved)

You can never go wrong with choosing a furry significant other. Dogs don't wait one year to show you they love you. They will show you just how much they love and adore you every single day of their lives. Sure they can't buy you flowers and chocolates on Valentine's Day, but they will shower you with sloppy puppy kisses and wiggly butts every day. You will never have to question your place in their hearts. Dogs are probably the only creatures that will love you more than they love themselves, and they will prove it daily in their actions. It does not matter to dogs what you look like, or whether you are rich or poor. They just love you for you and all they ask is that you love them in return. Likewise, we should love them for them, regardless of their breed or lack thereof. Street dogs are no less than pedigree dogs. Their capacity to love you is the same. 

So if you're looking for that furry love, look no further. Your doggy soulmate (or soulmates) may just be waiting for you at HOPE. Scroll on down to check out some of our eligible candidates, or head on over to http://hopedogrescue.blogspot.sg/p/adoption.html where you can find out more about their backstory. 

Alyssa (estimated 11 mths old, female, HDB Approved)
Adora ( estimated 2 years old, female, HDB Approved)



Bella (Female, 8 months old, HDB Approved)

Blake (estimated 3 years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Brandy (7 years old, female, HDB Approved)
Charlie (12 years old, male, not HDB approved)

Chester (estimated 2+ years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Cody (Estimated 4 years old, male, not HDB Approved)

Happy (estimated 4 years old, female, not HDB Approved)

Matilda (estimated 2 years old, female, not HDB Approved)
Matthieu (estimated 14 years old, male, special needs, HDB Approved)



Pumpkin ( estimated 6 years old, female, HDB Approved)

Sida (estimated 5+ years old, female, special needs, HDB Approved)

Trixie (estimated 7 - 8 years old, female, HDB Approved)


Written by : Sam

10.2.17

Hard Luck (Sterilization)

Most of you know by now, strays lead very hard lives. The worst ones are those that live in forested areas and have no feeders. They are exposed to the rain, the cold, snakes and who knows what else. It’s even sadder when one female dog comes on heat and the unsterilized males come from miles away to literally hunt her down and mate with her.



Took us 3 hours but it was well worth the wait - biting the cage to try to escape

We reckon she's about 5 to 6 mths old, got her just before she comes in season
Volunteers hard at work

One can imagine the fear of being cornered by many males, being raped, the pain, the cries, and not just once but many, many times over the next few days until all the male dogs have had their turns on her, starting with the most alpha. The males often get hurt in the process as they fight for the female dog, this is when we see them with maggot wounds.


First time coming in contact with humans, terrified

The first time I saw a female dog being mated upon, almost a decade ago, I could not sleep for days. Her cries played through my mind, over and over again. The guilt I felt, that I could do nothing to stop them as there were more than 8 male dogs chasing after 1 female and I would risk being attacked if I stepped in. And that was when I realized the importance of sterilization.

After sterilization, still groggy

Two nights back, a team of volunteers went down to try and trap a mama dog and her 2 young puppies. We had managed to ask CAS for help in paying for the sterilization costs, while we paid the dog trappers and Exclusively Mongrels had agreed to take in the two 2-month old puppies. This was a perfect example of animal welfare groups working hand in hand for the betterment of the dogs and I hope, is just the start of a wonderful working relationship. We didn’t see the mommy and her puppies so we drove around the vicinity and chanced upon 7 strays living in a forested area; 2 females, 5 males (one had a maggot wound on his back). Of the 2 females, one was in heat and the males were all cornering her. The other female, a young puppy of about 5 mths, was left alone and by a twist of fate, she entered the trap that we had set up for the other female in heat.

Imagine a 5 mth old puppy looking so old, sad and tired

"Am I going back to the forest?"

She is now at the vet undergoing her sterilization and CAS have kindly agreed to let her stay for 5 days to ensure the wound is nice and clean before releasing her back to the forested area where she will spend the rest of her lifetime scavenging for food, and living in the cold and wet forest. Next week we will be going down to trap the other female and if we can’t get her, we’ll take any dog we can for TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release).

Although I have always known the importance of sterilization, I have also always dreaded catching them to be sterilized because I often feel bad releasing them back to their sad, horrible lives. And did you know, AVA doesn’t care if a dog is sterilized or not, when they trap and cull? So even after we return this puppy to that forested area, all it takes is one phone call from an intolerant member of the public and AVA would be there for the kill, regardless of whether the dog is sterilized.
   
And so, time is running out and I have been losing sleep over this puppy who has 3 days left of hope, before she is returned to the forest.

If anyone can save her, sponsor her, foster her, adopt her, please please email us hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg Do bear in mind that she is a fresh rescue, fresh from the forest and has had zero human contact. Do not expect a dog that is going to be sociable with you, friendly, walk well on leash, good during shower, pee pad trained etc because she has lived in the forest all her life.

I thank you for hearing me out and pray that although I can’t save the world, I can at least save one puppy from the forest.

With gratitude,
Fiona
Founder
HOPE Dog Rescue

8.2.17

Theo Is Critically Ill (Help Needed)

We rescued Theo back in 2014. A victim of a hit and run, we found him with his eyeball popping out of its socket. The accident may have been a blessing in disguise for though he got hurt and lost his eye, he also gained a family. Theo was quickly adopted and his family loved him very much.

Sweet Theo at the Vet

Unfortunately, Theo is not doing so good these days. He is now an old cat and has been sick for a while. Theo has renal failure and had collapsed. Leading to that, he was listless, not eating or drinking and could not pee.


Theo getting an ultrasound done 

His family contacted us for help last night as they can no longer afford the installments they have been paying for his medical bills. This morning we transferred him to our regular vet where Theo was immediately put on drip for severe dehydration. An ultrasound was carried out and results showed that he had crystals in his urine, possibly causing blockage and infection. His white cell count is sky high. 

The vet managed to express his pee, which was bloodied and the next 48 hours are critical. if he still doesn't pee in the next 2 days, he will require surgery. We need help with his vet bills.



It is just barely 2 months into the new year and we are already in over our heads in outstanding bills from the recent recues and accidents. Won't you please help Theo and his family? 

If you can help contribute towards Theo's medical bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

23.1.17

Bella

Good am. I m fr (location). Got adog was hit by car tis am. I think bone is broken. Can u please help." This is definitely not the type of sms one wants to receive early in the morning but this was exactly what we woke up to this particular morning. 

That’s just how volunteering in rescue work is. In the midst of rushing to work, we also had to scramble to look for pet transport and volunteers who could go down to search for the dog and take it to the vet.

Coordinating this rescue effort took us almost 2 hours but we finally managed to get the resources required together. It wasn’t easy searching for the location. It was at a farm, with only one graveled lane for traffic and many factories with no unit numbers to identify them by. We had to go from factory to factory to ask if there was an injured dog.

The workers put her there to prevent her from moving and getting hurt further


We finally found the small terrier looking dog. The workers had kindly confined her in a cage. She was lying down and not moving. She would cry out in pain whenever they tried to pat her. The workers said a car had hit her as she played on the farm and they thought she had died on impact as she could not get up. However, they found that she was still alive and carried her away and kept her in a small cage while they looked for help.


They got our contact from other workers who told them that we would come every Saturday night to feed, distribute food and provide medical aid and sterilization. We were told that someone had given them this dog, a 7-month old female who they named Bella and that they would let her run around freely because she was young and active.


In the carrier, we noticed she had poo on her bum. She had probably defecated in shock and fear when the accident happened. There was also blood in her urine which was a sign that she might have sustained internal injuries.


Blood in the carrier


At the vet, she was so scared and in so much pain that it was almost impossible to examine her thoroughly. But we managed to get xrays of her back and sides. Thankfully, the xrays showed no fractures, but the vet did say that the xrays may not pick up any minute tears in her bladder, so she will need to be monitored closely.

On the way to the vet

Examining Bella at the vet

Bella's stomach was very swollen and painful to the touch. It is suspected that this may be due to bruising and internal bleeding. She had internal hemorrhaging in the top of both eyes, probably from impact of being hit or as she tumbled away. Fortunately, her vision doesn’t seem to have been affected. No surgery is needed at this point in time but the vet will monitor her for leaking in bladder, similar to Cammy’s case. Her white blood count was high so she was put on drip to protect her kidneys.

Bella has internal hemorrhaging in the top of both eyes

Bella will be closely monitored over the next 24 hours, and will stay at the vet for a few days. Once she is better, we will also sterilize her before returning her to the workers.

Bella was lucky that she had workers who love her and look out for her, and we managed to get to her in time. However, her accident reminds us that other strays are not that lucky.

To help with Bella's vet bills, email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg