I Know I’m Dying (Wang Wang)

Strays often have a tough life. They live life day by day and all they look forward to, is their next meal, which may come the next day . . . .or many days later. Food and survival is very important to them and they have a very strong instinct to survive.

Wang Wang, a stray dog that lives in a car workshop area, had this growth on his penile region apparently since May. Sadly, the workers were not well versed in the dog’s welfare and didn’t bother. It was only a few weeks ago that we found out about  Bradley’s plight  and heard from workers that both Bradley and Wang Wang’s penile region were sore, bleeding and severely infected because the dogs fought amongst themselves for the same female dog and had their private regions bitten off. Well, the workers were right about the fact that they had fought for the same female dog, who may have since died as she no longer appears for food.

Wang Wang at the factory
What Bradley and WW (Wang Wang) have are significantly different. Although on appearance, we had thought that Bradley’s TVT was a lot worse,  but after seeing the vet, Bradley’s tumour is limited to the penis area and once amputated, and after 4 rounds of chemo jab, he would most likely be given the all clear. So Bradley’s issue remains largely a sexually transmitted disease.

Mr Mohan checking Wang Wang

Poor WW, his is too complicated to be saved. . .  . .His is worse than Bradley’s or Bobby’s.

With the help of a feeder, she had managed to trap him and put a leash over his head. Workers had termed him fierce and aggressive and didn’t want to play a part in helping to trap him. We had initially taken him to a vet on Friday afternoon but after waiting an hour, they told us they could not ward him as they had no space. So we spent the next few hours desperately trying to find another vet that would admit him. By then, it was nightfall. Poor WW had been in a tiny carrier for hours but yet he waited patiently, thinking that we would be able to save him.

At the vet, I met a longtime friend and an inspiration to many of us in the dog rescue world, Mr Mohan (from Animal Lovers League), who helped us with WW. The vet looked at WW and shook her head . . . all she could say was . . . .why didn’t you bring him in earlier . . . . This made me feel terrible. I wish I did too, because now, it’s too late to save him. WW is dying. The Vet ordered an ultrasound and some blood samples taken. They muzzled him, as was the norm with all new rescues, but they really didn’t need to. WW was too weak and too sweet to even do anything, all he really wanted was a pat on his head, some love and someone to tell him everything’s gonna be alright. As he stood up, blood dripped from his penis. As the vet tech held on to his front leg to draw blood, WW’s body started leaning sideways. He was too weak to stand on three legs. The vet tech had to hold him up by his scruff to keep him upright.

A huge tumour on his penis

WW was tested Negative for Parvo virus and distemper. He was also negative for heartworm and tick fever. Vet estimated him to be about 7 years old. She then recommended we do an ultrasound to find out more. Sadly, the ultrasound results showed a mass that might indicate suspected cancer tissues or cells, which had spread to his spleen, pelvis and liver. Then the vet recommended we put him down because she didn’t think he would have very long to live and felt there wasn’t very much we could do for him. That wasn’t what we wanted to hear, so we asked that they let him stay a night and while we created Plan B.

The following day, we transferred WW to another vet, his 3rd vet in two days. We told the vet that we wanted to help him as best as we could without him being in too much pain and discomfort. Here, we did a chest X-ray to see if the suspected cancer cells had spread to his lungs. Fortunately it hadn’t.

This 3rd vet then agreed to ward WW for just the night, and to administer his very first Vincristine jab. Vincristine is used to treat cancer and dogs with TVT. Poor WW, luck didn’t seem to be on his side, again he had to be transferred to another vet who was willing to house him for at least a month, while he received all 4 chemo jabs, once a week. If what he has is TVT, the growth will regress by the 2nd jab. If there is no regression, then it is not TVT. So we just have to wait with bated breath in the next two weeks.

According to the vet, they can’t be very sure what WW has but he had a mass in his spleen, 10cm big! Did it originate from TVT, a sexually transmitted disease, that developed into cancer cells because it was left untreated and eventually spread to other parts of his body, or did he have skin cancer or sarcoma. We will never know for sure until a biopsy is done but at this point of time, we don’t think we should subject poor WW to anymore pain or GA as he may not pull through.

And so this morning, for the fourth time, poor WW had to be transferred to the fourth vet and here is where we hope he will remain till we find a foster for him to live out his days with love, care, food and some happiness.

Having been a volunteer for the past 9 years or so, often I feel I have seen it all. I don’t profess that I know a lot about dogs or their illnesses but with strays, it’s usually quite the same; accidents, broken bones, sterilization, TVT, dog fights, maggots wounds etc. It’s never easy to make a hard decision and besides, who are we to make such calls. When a dog comes to us, it is simply because they know they will be saved. How then can we tell them sorry, it’s not your day today, we don’t have enough money to help you because we need it for Bradley. We have been blessed many times with fellow animal lovers’ kindness and generosity, allowing us to save and help many dogs we never thought possible.

Look at how swollen his stomach / spleen is 

When I opened WW’s cage to take him out, I expected him to growl and bare his teeth like how the workers had warned us. Instead, he came to me, head bowed down, for a little pat on his head and some assurance. In his heart, he knows he is dying. He is just hoping against all hope, just like us, that a miracle will happen.

To foster or help with Wang Wang's vet bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg 


Ah Mei Has A New Life (Arya)

Ah Mei has been adopted! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

A dog fight had torn Ah Mei’s left eyelid and she would have gone blind if left untreated. Thank goodness we got her in time. After a successful operation to reconstruct her eyelid, which allowed her to close her eye properly, the vet informed us that the muscle in her left eye was damaged and that she would never be able to close her eye fully. Also, she would need eye drops for life. This left us in a dilemma; if she was to go back to the factory after discharge in accordance with our original plan, her left eye may deteriorate and who would apply her eye drop for her daily? We made a last ditch appeal for Ah Mei and thank goodness a foster came forward in the nick of time.

After Ah Mei was discharged, things were not smooth sailing. Due to stress caused by moving to a new environment, she had diarrhea, her immunity went down and tick fever, which was probably in her, surfaced. This meant another stint at the vet. Thank goodness she recovered rapidly and her kind foster visited her at the vet almost daily.

Finally, after a string of unfortunate events, its seems Ah Mei’s luck is finally changing for the better. Her foster, Mona has confirmed her adoption and renamed her Arya.

Ah Mei (Arya) and her new mommy, Mona
Dear Arya, congratulations and we will always remember you as the huggable teddy bear who is ever so good natured and smiley. Your love for walks and penchant for food as well as your affectionate nature has endeared you to many and all of us will miss you lots! We are ever so happy that from now on, you will be safe from bad weather and will always go to bed with a full tummy. Despite your lopsided left eye, your new mummy loves you lots and you will always be perfect and beautiful in her eyes. It must be true love, like a fairy tale come true. May the both of you live together happily ever after!

Thank you Mona for giving Arya a forever home and we hope that all our fur babies who are still waiting for their forever homes will find their families soon too.

Would you like to welcome a furry bundle of joy into your home and fill it with happiness? Email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg or visit our blog's adoption page to see the list of our dogs waiting for homes, and receive unconditional love and lots of slobbery kisses.


Wang Wang

I don’t know if this is good news or bad news. Previously, we updated that there were 4 dogs with TVT and only 2 were left. Last week, we saw only one and managed to catch him. His name is Bradley and thanks to all your support and help, he is on his way to recovery. We thought all the other 3 dogs had perished from the cancer, after all, Bradley was in such bad shape that he probably won’t be able to survive another month.

The good news is we found the second dog.
Another TVT dog, his penis has fallen off
The bad news is, his condition is as bad as Bradley if not worse. His name is Wang Wang. Bradley was found with his penis hanging by only one strand of muscle. Wang Wang has no penis. It has rotted and fallen off. His genitals area is one mass of rotting flesh with maggots crawling everywhere. He is in such pain that he cannot urine without crying or sleep without whimpering.
Thats all thats left of his penis which contiues to rot

We had been at a loss when we first got Bradley. We couldn’t bear to let him hurt for even one more day, but how were we going to afford the bills? The question of costs is always on our minds as we do not know how long the treatments will take and we are still drained from the extended stay of our dogs at the vet last quarter. Every other day, it seems that we are always asking for money. When Bradley’s feeder first approached us, we asked if she could check with other rescue groups if they can assist, but she did not receive any response. How could we know of a dog suffering and yet turn a blind eye and walk away? The least we could do was plead for your help and support. There was an outpouring of help that lightened our hearts and it’s with this hope I write this.
Penis and whats left of it
Will you help Wang Wang too? He continues to roam the streets in pain  . . .


Updates On Bradley (Post-Surgery)

Bradley's emergency operation was scheduled at 1.30pm this afternoon (9 December), but before the operation could proceed, his blood count plummeted and he had to undergo a blood transfusion. The operation went smoothly and Bradley's genitals or whatever was left of it was removed together with the numerous disgusting maggots. He was also sterilized during the surgery.

Bradley was still sound asleep when we visited him

Look at all his stitches after amputation 

Bradley will now pee from an opening like Bobby and this means he can finally pee without crying in pain. He will be put on 4 courses of chemotherapy injections to kill of any remaining cancerous cells and the first chemo jab will be administered tonight.

A new opening has been surgically created for him to pee 

Get well soon, dear Bradley

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support and encouragement which gave us the courage to save Bradley. He will most likely be staying at the vet for another 4 weeks while his wound recovers and his course of chemotherapy completes. This will of course translate into huge medical bills which we can ill afford, but nevertheless our hearts are light from knowing Bradley is now finally safe. Good night dear boy, sleep tight for probably the first time in many months.

If you will like to contribute to Bradley's vet bills, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg


A Stray We Named Bradley

We are glad to say that we finally managed to trap and send Bradley (that’s what we named him) to the vet.

A stray named Bradley

I had rushed to the vet to wait for his arrival and when he arrived, I told the clinic that it was an emergency and that they had to see him first. They immediately took him into the treatment room. He was quite heavily sedated because the feeder had given him some sleeping pills in his food earlier on, or else she would never have been able to even get close to him. When they opened the top of the carrier, he was a little groggy and made no effort to escape. The vet tech managed to put an e-collar over his head, to prevent him from biting in case he tried.

Eyes that seem resigned to his fate

They then lifted him out of the carrier and put him on the floor, so that they could examine his wound. When they flipped him over, everyone in the room gasped in horror and went “Oh my God.”

Just arrived at the vet

In my 9 years of rescuing, this has got to be the worst case of TVT  I have ever seen.  Our eyes turned red as we stared at his horrific pain, trying to imagine how he had even survived for the past few weeks.

His penis was black, which meant that the nerves and cells were already dead.

He had maggots crawling out of his wound; huge, fat ones.

The cauliflower like flesh you see in the photographs are typical in dogs with TVT.

His penis was held on only by a muscle

How has he been peeing, you wonder? He hasn’t. His pee just leaks and drips out from all the holes that the maggots and tumors have created.

It gets worse.

His penis was rotting and had almost fallen off. The only reason why it hadn’t fallen off was the one muscle from which it was dangling.

Did we want to put him down? No, that thought never even crossed our minds. Despite having lots of outstanding vet bills, HOPE has always been about saving lives and giving dogs second chances, especially when no one else would. And perhaps that’s the reason why we have the highest number of special needs dogs; blind, deaf, one-eyed, paralyzed, incontinent, three-legged, we love those best but that’s a story for another day.

When a dog gives up on life, they stop eating. But when the feeder trapped Bradley today, despite all his pain, he gobbled up what little food she gave him, just to survive and keep going. That was reason enough for us to help keep him alive too.

An emergency surgery has been scheduled for tomorrow, whereby his penis will be amputated because it no longer functions. This surgery is very similar to the one Bobby had, where an opening was surgically created in his scrotum to enable him to pee.

We are unsure of Bradley's age or his health, but he was terribly dirty and the nurses are considering giving him a bath before the surgery tomorrow.

The vet says that he would most likely stay for a week. Just one week’s stay at the vet and the surgery are estimated to cost between $4000 to $5000. But based on our previous experiences, it usually takes almost 3 weeks to fully recover as the surgery is rather major. If we are returning him to the factory, then we would need his wound to be 100% recovered.

If you can help Bradley with his vet bills, please email us hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg because we can't possibly save him without your help. 


TVT = Death?

We keep reminding ourselves that we have to take good care of our current dogs, 20 of them in our charge, before we can even think of helping more dogs. We can hardly stay afloat and often, we bite off more than we can chew and end up in such dire circumstance. But here we are, appealing for your help once again. An individual feeder has approached us for help. She has been trying to get assistance but to no avail as 4 dogs that she has been feeding are sick, VERY VERY SICK. As of current status, two are missing and may have died but two are still alive and need urgent help.

It has been a good 1 month since we had any new rescues. You may recall our last post requesting for financial aid as we are in the red due to the overwhelming number of rescues at the vet previously. Thank you so much for all the help as we are at least somewhat operational although we still owe a vet more than 10k. However, your help means we are still able to send our existing charges for their reviews, hydrotherapy, acupuncture as well as vet visits when they fall ill. Thank you very much as well to regular donors who ensure our existing charges are taken care of. A rescue is not merely a vet visit. It is a long term commitment which is similar to adopting or buying a dog. For so many of our dogs, the after care and ensuring their constant good health is an ongoing drain on our funds.

When this individual feeder first requested for our help, we turned her down. But when we saw the pictures, our hearts sank. How do we say no? Bobby, whom many of you are familiar with and in such a sorry state had TVT with a severely swollen penis. He couldn’t pee without wincing and whining, so his penis had to be amputated and he went through 4 courses of chemotherapy to kill off any lingering cancer cells. He is so much better now and is a testament to how we must never give up and the strong willpower our doggies have.
These 2 doggies are in a much much much worse state. Their genitals are literally rotting and falling off and although we cannot confirm the exact cause without a vet consultation, this is most likely an extremely severe case of TVT. It might even have spread to the other organs and is very very very serious. These doggies need to go to the vet immediately and must be in such extreme pain. They cannot lie properly or even perform a simple basic need like peeing or even sleeping when the slightest touch will cause them uncontrollable pain. Can you imagine the agony they are going through every second for the past weeks or even months? On top of all this pain, there is also a high risk of infection.

This is the last surviving one which we are trying to trap and take to the vet
However, we are hesitating as this will mean putting down deposits and committing to weeks of hospitalization stays which we can ill-afford. As they are in such an advanced stage, surgery is a definite must and will most likely followed by weeks of chemotherapy. After the operation, they will need to recuperate and require long term post-hospitalization care as they will be prone to infections. These are all the factors we need to consider. Can we get fosters? Can we afford to board them? Can we re-home them? All these are question marks and it’s so much easier to say no. Some may say it’s more humane to put them down. This is definitely an easier route but as a rescue group, how do we turn a blind eye? How do we tell them to give up when we didn’t even give up on Elmo or Bobby or Sida?  Our hands are tied although our hearts tells us that we have to try.

The two doggies are still eating when fed and have not given up on life. Please do not give up on them and let die of infection or pain. We cannot assist with limited resources but we know that if you’re roped in, we will be able to do it together. It’s going to be Christmas soon. Please celebrate the joy of giving by returning them their life, one which is free of pain.

To help, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

*Latest updates, there is only one male dog left. The other 3 may have passed on. Volunteers have been trying to trap him since Sunday but are unable to get close to him. More updates will be shared on our Facebook page when we have more information.

**Latest update: We have caught the dog and rushing him to the vet now.


Cody. Rejection

Please help me
It has been a most trying day. Yesterday, Cody visited the vet. He has been living at a commercial boarding place, with volunteers delivering home cooked food to him daily. The volunteers have feedback that he seems to be getting weaker and skinnier. We were very concerned and decided to get him checked. A previous diagnosis had tested Cody positive for heartworm and we are seeking a second opinion. Three volunteers were on standby at the vet and when Cody arrived in a pet transport. Words can’t describe how they truly felt. It was like a replay of Elmo’s case; the skeletal frame, the bare patches on his skin with almost non-existent fur, the pungent smell of rotting skin and what can be worse, you ask? Cody’s eyes; dejection and depression looking out from his sweet brown eyes. He seems to have given up on life. The volunteers’ tears just flowed down their cheeks silently and words seem to be stuck in their throats somewhere.

What happened to Cody
Hardly any fur left on his skeletal frame
The first heartworm test’s results turned up negative.  However, we were not convinced and did a cardio ultrasound. Cody allowed the vet to flip him and scan his heart. It was such a pitiful sight, he looked so resigned and helpless. A volunteer tried to encourage him by telling him constantly that he was not alone, and that this was for his own good. Cody did not respond and he seemed to be unable to trust us. We really cannot blame him. He has been through so many hardships and there is only so much his poor wrecked body can take.

His skin is so dry he cuts and bleeds easily
Cardio ultrasound for heartworms
At the end of a grueling 5 hours at the vet, Cody was finally diagnosed with heartworm, and his skin condition is most likely caused by mange and stress. However, his rapid weight loss is a great cause for concern and we do not know what is causing it. Further tests may be necessary to ascertain the root cause. The vet was reluctant to admit Cody due to a lack of space but as it was late, they finally allowed it after much pleading as we did not want to stress Cody by moving him after such a long and stressful day. Our volunteers were drained after spending 5 hours at the vet but what is worse is we have not helped Cody. As the vet is not confident of treating his heartworm, we will be bringing him to another vet tomorrow to seek treatment. 

How painful and raw his paws must feel

It’s December and the Christmas season is here. The atmosphere in all the malls seems so cheery and happy. But when I think of what Cody is going through, all these festive cheer seems fabricated and overrated. He is a stark reminder to me that there are so many others who may not be as fortunate or blessed. Regardless of which charitable organization you support, if it’s within your means, do help to spread the cheer as its only then, will we be celebrating the true spirit of Christmas.


If you will like to contribute to Cody’s vet bills or provide a warm home for Cody to recuperate even if its just short term, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg. Perhaps all Cody needs is love and someone who truly understands him, to warm his heart and gives him the strength to recover and fight on. We will all pray for his angel to appear.