Donut’s Roller Coaster Ride

The past several weeks have been quite a roller coaster ride with Donut.
Watch her latest update here.

Sweet as she is, she is still in the midst of being domesticated

During last month’s review at the vet, we were told that Donut’s x-ray results didn’t look good and we were told to consider that dreadful decision of putting Donut to sleep. We weren’t deterred, however, and brought her for a second opinion. Sadly, the outcome was more or less the same and that set us back quite a bit, though not enough to give up on Donut, of course.

We then started her on acupuncture sessions for a couple of weeks, including a week of special treatment by a famous acupuncturist flown in from Shanghai by a kind rescuer. The sinseh, Dr Jin, believed strongly that Donut will one day walk again as long as we keep up with her treatment and exercise her legs. Over the past week, we saw great improvement – Donut was able to walk, albeit hobbling a little, on her own! All is not lost for dear Donut!

Acupuncture for Donut as the accident damaged her sacrum and caused her anus to remain open all the time

What a cute Donut smiling during her acupuncture

The acupuncture sessions were also to help Donut’s anus close. During her hit & run accident, her nerves were damaged, thus she is unable to close her anus and poo flows out almost continuously. Acupuncture sessions have helped some.

In the early stages, Donut needs 2 acupuncture sessions per week

Last week, we brought Donut for her review again, this time with a different doctor. The doctor explained that Donut’s injury is known as ventro fracture of sacrum , meaning that the sacrum nerves that control her bladder are severed. She will always need someone to express her bladder and to make sure there is no blood or very strong fishy smell in her pee as that usually means she's down with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

While the condition is the main reason why Donut cannot control her pee and poo, the vet did mention that there could be some sacrum nerves left which is why her anus is closing up after the acupuncture sessions. Her diarrhoea condition has also improved though there were times we found fresh blood at her anus area. Fortunately, this is only superficial and not due to a bigger problem like piles. The doctor recommended probiotics and flax seed oil for her and prescribed a cream for application.

This is SHIOK!!

One positive news from this review was that the ventro fracture of sacrum has nothing to do with her walking/hobbling. The problem with her movement lies with her dislocated right hip. A femoral hip resection surgery has been scheduled on 19 March to correct this condition so that her hips wont sway so much when she walks.

Missing her days on the streets and her stray friends 

Her previous surgery and aftercare has taken a toll on our budget and we need to raise funds again for her surgery next week. The surgery is estimated to cost about $3000 and she would have to be warded for a couple of days for recovery, which will add towards the total bill. If you would like to help in any way, financially or otherwise, please email us at hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

Written by: Shi Hua


Every Dog is Potentially a Therapy Dog

We must all have read, heard or experienced for ourselves, at some time or other, the marvels, the miracles and the unfathomable mysterious abilities, love and loyalty of dogs.  What makes them so totally attuned to us and what joy, healing and pure love we experience in the company of our dogs, or of any dog for that matter?  Read on to find out.

Talk about dogs and people remember how guide dogs can help their vision-defective human friends navigate roads, stairs and all the challenges that come with walking, dogs that can sniff drugs, bring a criminal down and dogs that rescue humans in earthquakes and other disasters, sacrificing their lives in the interest of their human friends, unflinchingly, loyally, steadfastly.

Button with a resident at Assisi Hospice 

The wonder of all, though, are the therapy dogs.  These are our canine friends whose temperament, good sensing, sociability, adaptability and affection for humans bring immeasurable joy to us.  

Bring them to a hospital, a hospice, an orphanage, a home for the elderly and witness the miracles they bring.  

Their cuteness, their receptiveness and their love for our pats drive out loneliness, depression and all other negativity.  With appropriate training and lots of affectionate guidance, therapy dogs break down all barriers and bring radiance into any place.

One such dog is Button, a rescued dog, trained in Hokkien.  

You will be surprised that dogs can learn any language or dialect easily.  Button wasn’t even a puppy when her owner taught her Hokkien and trained her to be a therapy dog!  She was about 6 years old then and since then, has become Singapore’s little big star wherever she goes.  

Button is proof that every dog is potentially a therapy dog.  Trust them and give them the opportunity.  In an age when people are in so much need for a little joy in their life, why not consider training your dog to be a therapy dog?  Read the article here@ST or here@Zhaobao on how Button's “mama”, Fiona, of HOPE Dog Rescue trained her to become every man’s sunbeam!

Watch her video here.

Written by : Juliana


Vera - A Happy Ending

When Vera first came to us she was tentative, trying to adapt to the unfamiliar people in the house and she never seemed to be fully at ease. Every little motion or sound would cause her to stir, and she would regard other family members with caution. However, after spending a few months with us, she gradually opened up and accepted our place as her home.

Now, Vera will come bounding up to the gate whenever she hears anybody come home, and affectionately seek attention every morning when we come downstairs after waking up. She rarely barks, and even my parents have remarked that she is unusually well behaved. She will never enter the kitchen or take food without us telling her that it is okay to do so, and she loves her favourite spot underneath the large dining table. Simply by being her perfect self, she has found a place in the hearts of the rest of the family.

The thought of Vera having to adapt to a new home once more, after so many times of moving from house to house, eventually convinced us to adopt her. Seeing her totally at ease here, how she wags her tail madly whenever we call her name, makes everything that we have done worth it. Make no mistake, taking care of a dog is a huge commitment and responsibility, but letting Vera into our lives was one of the best decisions we’ve made as a family in 2017.

Written by : DC


Donut's Updates (II)

It’s been almost a week since Donut’s surgery. She’s definitely looking better now and we are heartened to see her appetite picking up. She has also started to sit up sometimes and turns herself, instead of lying down all day. All that said, we are still uncertain if Donut would one day walk again. At the back of our minds, we are still very worried that she might join the Diaper Club.

Donut, resting at the vet

Our volunteers have been taking turns to visit Donut daily and she must be looking forward to these regular patting sessions! Poor Donut must be very bored staying in the room all day by herself that she started chewing on her e-collar (she has to wear one as she has been licking her wound and chewing on her drips). The volunteers have thought of buying toys for her but we doubt she knows what to do with them as, sadly, she never had the luxury of having them as a stray dog.

What a pretty girl - her spirit and will to live is simply amazing! 

Besides giving Donut loving pats during these visits, the volunteers will also bring along food and milk for her. We initially thought she might prefer blended food as it will be easier to chew but seems that this sweetie likes it otherwise! She prefers chunky chicken meat, chicken liver and beef, and will eat them on her own without us having to feed her.

Hiding all her food and refusing to eat

However, earlier this week, it was observed that she was eating her own poop. This is not a good sign as it meant that her body is not digesting the food well and is lacking certain nutrients. The vet has since started her on probiotics to make her stop eating her own poop. On this same note, she has been leaking liquid poo and the vet is not convinced that she’s pushing them out on her own. As such, we will not be feeding her milk for now, so that she can firm up her poo to make sure she can push it out on her own.

Missing her friends, her freedom and wondering why her life was taken away from her so suddenly. What did she do to deserve such fate? 

Our volunteers have also been diligently massaging the paw pads of her hind legs daily but we noticed that the feedback has been inconsistent. Some days she will withdraw her legs but some days she doesn’t. She does move around on her own sometimes, albeit whining a little due to the pain from the surgery. We are hopeful that she has some nerves intact and will continue with these massages to stimulate her senses.

Donut has come a long way and she has been a true fighter! She will be discharged next week but that comes our next concern – where will Donut go? We urgently need a foster or adopter who can take care of Donut as she embarks on her road to recovery. She would need to be kept in a small area as she needs to minimise her movements for 4 to 6 weeks.

Please do not hesitate to email us at hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you can offer your home to this sweet lady. She will make your life as sweet as donuts!

Written by: Shi Hua


Give Adora A Chance

In an ideal world, all puppies would grow up in loving homes, getting treats for being good and being trained on how to be a dog. But this wasn't the case for Adora. Instead, she was severely abused as a young pup. Although she had a home, her family was very cruel to her. She was starved, neglected, and beaten on a regular basis. Her family definitely did not have the time or patience to be dog owners. In fact, everybody would have been much better off if they hadn't kept her for as long as they did. Even growing up on the streets would have been better for Adora, and that's saying a lot.

Adora collapsed as soon as she realized she was safe

And when they finally had enough, Adora's owners decided to abandon her. They took her far, far away from their home, and dumped her. By that point, Adora had been reduced to skin and bones. She was so weak and ill that she could hardly walk. But Adora did not give up. Clinging on to life, and her newfound freedom, she slowly wandered the streets looking for food. Read her story here.

Adora the day she was found. Rescued and sent to the vet immediately

Eventually, Adora found her way into an HDB estate. A kind lady saw her, and was shocked at her appearance. She could count every rib and see every bone protruding from Adora's frail body. That's when the lady called HOPE Dog Rescue for help, and we got to meet Adora. We brought her to the doctor for a check up, and started her on her long journey to recovery.

Adora had been so starved that her stomach couldn't handle more than a few bites of food. For many months, her meals had to be broken up into tiny amounts and fed to her throughout the day, before she finally started putting on weight and getting stronger.

Adora as she is today. She resembles a whippet / hound.

One year later, Adora still bears the mental scars of her abuse. She doesn't know why she was beaten, or what she did to deserve it. She doesn't understand that the cruelty she faced was not her fault. She has yet to learn what happiness is, because she's never had a happy day in her life. She's angry. She has a tendency to snap and bite when you make sudden movements, probably because that was how she used to try to defend herself against her abusers. She also has food aggression. But once you get to know her and she begins to trust you, she won't bite any more. Adora just wants to have friends - human or dog, doesn't matter.

If Adora was a human child, her parents would have been fined and jailed. But she's a dog, and we don't even know who her abusers were. There's no justice for Adora. If you feel angry on her behalf, or sad that this happened to her, please consider fostering or adopting Adora.

Give her a chance. All she wants is a friend, someone that she can trust, to help her overcome her insecurities, her fears, her sadness. Help her to forget her past abuse, and to understand that she now has a new life. Simply put, Adora needs someone to teach her how to be happy and show her all the good things the world has to offer.

Adora is very small, weighing just 14kg and definitely HDB approved

We plead for someone to foster or adopt Adora and help her on this healing journey. Without you, she will remain a miserable dog for the rest of her life.

To foster, please fill up this form.

To adopt, please fill up this form.

For enquiries, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg

Written by: Elena


Donut's Updates

Donut dearie is still under observation at the hospital. The poor girl is not out of the woods yet and has been having diarrhoea on a daily basis, but she remains positive and responds well to our volunteers’ visits. 

Minions attending to our sweet Donut

She always shows us an appreciative and sweet face when we visit and seems to have some senses in her hind legs as she would sometimes sit up and try to shift her body around and shows slight movement in her hind legs. There was once the vet literally pulled her leg and she immediately withdrew her leg with a pitiful expression, as if saying “hey! What are you trying to do? It hurts. Stop it please!” This gives us hope and makes us believe Donut still has some nerves intact and might be able to walk, pee and poop with control, in time to come. 

Such a sweetie pie 

Trying to stand up, but she could not

However, Donut has also shown signs of not having any senses left in her hind legs, such as leaving her legs in an awkward position and not having the urge to change it. As such, we do not know how things would pan out and whether Donut does have some senses left in her hind legs.

Donut is on a urine catheter 

Where food is concerned, we were initially rather worried as Donut’s appetite had been quite poor and she had to be syringe fed. We soon realised that the problem did not lie with Donut’s appetite but with her eating habits. As a stray, she is not accustomed to eating from a bowl and would only eat from the floor or the grass. Little wonder then that Donut would eat when we place her food on the pee pads or on the floor but not from her food bowl. She seems to like KFC chicken, home cooked chicken, beef and chicken liver and has been eating them without us having to blend them. We hope she continues to eat well.

She loves being pampered and hand fed. She hasn't learnt to eat from a bowl

Our volunteers have been taking turns to massage the paw pads on Donut’s hind legs to fire her neurons and stimulate her senses, give Donut shoulder and head massages to comfort her and to wipe her body. Hopefully our little efforts would go a long way in aiding Donut’s recovery. We have also been trying to construct a stretcher and trolley for her so that when she leaves the hospital, it would be easier for her future foster or adopter to bring her around.

She misses her friends and her freedom

Donut is slated for discharge next week. After her discharge, she would need a foster or adopter to look after her. Please do-nut hesitate and step forward to foster dear Donut now! Donut will be eternally grateful to you and make your days as sweet as donuts. Her foster would require to keep her in a small area and minimize her movements for 4 to 6 weeks. It is not known yet if she can pee / poo on her own or needs help expressing like our 3 Diaper Club dogs.

Please do not hesitate to email us to find out more her fostering requirements hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg Thank you! We will treat you to donuts.  

Thank you for saving me <3 <3

Written by: Weiling


Donut's Out of Surgery

Have you been wondering how Donut has been doing since our previous post about Donut? Well, nut to worry… Donut is a brave and strong girl. She has displayed an indomitable spirit and willpower to continue living and we do-nut have a doubt she will survive and live happily ever after.

We asked Pawsitive Sensations to help massage Donut’s acupoints to stimulate her poo after every method seemed to fail and poor Donut looked increasingly tired and dejected. Thank goodness it worked! We jumped with joy upon hearing that Donut pooped after her massage. She also released some gas from her tummy and started eating again. Phew!

Donut in the recovery suite after surgery

In shock and in quite a bit of pain

Donut’s poop gave us the confidence to send her for her surgery. Dear Donut just came out of the operating theatre; it was a long surgery lasting almost 4 hours. We were there to receive her as she came out of the operating theatre, conscious. She was in obvious pain as the vet had inserted steel plates to hold her fractured spine together. The vet tells us that her spine and nerves are totally severed but we believe in miracles and will continue to hope beyond hope that she will one day walk again. She may no longer have control of her bladder and bowels but we won’t know this till much later.

Her wound is extremely long and painful. What a brave girl she has been.

After the vet had left, we noticed this swollen. We never noticed previously when she had fur.

We wanted to see the xray results after her surgery but the vet said he was really tired and for us to come again in the morning. 

She will need to stay at the vet for about a week, for them to observe her recovery, after which, she will require a foster home.

We are really proud of Donut, how brave she has been and can’t wait for her to start feeling better.

If you would like to help with her vet bills or find out more about fostering requirements, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg Thank you.