Thinking of adopting a pet? There are so many animals for adoption that need a good home, so it’s definitely a considering before you go to the pet shops. We’ve also got some tips from a vet about what you need know before you get your new cat or dog.
SOSD are seeking adopters for Coco, a three year old male Shih Tzu, whose owners contacted the charity for help in difficult times with a family illness. Coco is a very lively young dog that loves to walk, but has found the move to a foster home very unsettling. He is more suited to experienced dog owners. In the home, he is protective of his domain and barks at strangers. He is more relaxed outdoors where he will greet people with interest, however he needs a bit of time to conclude new people are not a threat and allow people to pat him. Interactions with new people need to be taken slowly to avoid stress to Coco. He is reactive to other dogs at present. We believe that his recent change in behaviour is a symptom of the move and in the right home environment, he will regain trust. He is very food motivated which helps to win over new friends but he shows some resource guarding with food. If you can help or would like to know more please contact the SOSD representative Jason on 9026 3984.
Tubby is a large-sized Singapore Special, estimated to be five years old, and has a sweet-natured temperament.
Royce is medium-sized, approximately three years old, energetic and playful.
Five-month-old Jujubes is small, playful, curious and affectionate.
This puppy is from one of the many litters that have been taken in by NAC. Although they trap and sterilise the non-neutered female dogs as much as possible, there are still many puppies like this one looking for a home.
The last for dogs featured on this page are from the Jurong Island shelter. NAC needs fosterers and adopters to help care for the adult dogs and puppies. Volunteers are also in demand to help with the physical work at the shelter, and funding is key to help maintain and sustain the work on Jurong Island. If you’re keen to help, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or head to their website noahsarkcares.com
Advice before you adopt
Once you’ve chosen your new furry friend, it’s worth getting it checked by a vet for a few things first, the Vets for Life team helped us put together a list:
- Any sign of tick fever might mean your dog will not be allowed into another country when the time comes to relocate.
- It also needs to be checked for heartworm, so find out what vaccinations, if any, are required, and what else needs to be done.
- Is it sterilised? Unless you want the pitter-patter of small paws, (or the wrath of the next door neighbour who’s pet has been impregnated) it’s advisable to get this done.
- Luckily, there’s no rabies here, so immigration to most countries is fairly simple, though note that some countries do still request a vaccination.
- Whether your dog is a “Singapore Special” or a pedigree, you’ll need to watch for skin irritation – they’re prevalent here because the increased humidity causes accelerated bacterial growth. Dust mites and grass are the main irritants, though some people believe irritations are linked to the type of food the dog is fed.
- Vets for Life Animal Clinic has two outlets, one in the east and one on River Valley Road. Their internationally trained staff can help you get off to the right start.
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