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Guide to adopting animals in Singapore: Where to go and what to expect

By: Susannah Jaffer

Thinking of adding a pet to the family and inclined to go down the adoption route? Great! You’ll be saving a life and gaining an affectionate furry friend at the same time.

Why adopt?
For various sad reasons, many dogs, cats and other animals are abandoned in Singapore’s construction sites, parks and roadsides. The lucky ones get rescued and rehabilitated by pet organisations and charities, who work hard to find them loving homes. By going down the adoption route, you’ll be giving an animal another chance at a happy life and will also be doing your part to reduce the number of stray animals roaming the streets and parks of Singers.

Where can I go to adopt?
Before you decide to adopt, make sure you and your family members are in it for the long haul, and understand the financial and time commitment involved in caring for your new pal. It’s worth noting here that there’s no pet insurance in Singapore, so you’ll want to factor that into the cost of keeping a hairy baby. Once you’ve got all the details covered, check out the list of rescue organisations below to start the exciting journey.

What’s involved?
If you’re adopting a dog, prepare yourself mentally for a bit of a screening, including interviews, house visits and bonding sessions – this isn’t a walk in, walk out job and can take weeks to organise after you’ve found the perfect pup. With this being a second shot, the organisations want to make sure that the rescued animals finally go to the loving homes they deserve.

Not sure?
If you’re not sure you can commit to adoption, but still have time and love to spare, you should definitely consider volunteering at a rescue society or fostering an animal. Read about one Expat Living reader’s fostering experience here.

Could one of these furry friends be your new best pal? 

Animal adoption organisations in Singapore

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)
Run entirely by responsible and dedicated volunteers (they were recently granted full charity status), all of SOSD’s dogs and puppies go through a full rehabilitation programme before being put up for fostering or adoption to the public. Check their facebook page for updates on their next adoption drive.

SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
With the development of HDB flats and apartment sizes shrinking, dogs and other animals have been continuously abandoned, which the SPCA have been working to combat. Today, they take in stray dogs, cats and rabbits into their care, and all of them are available for adoption and fostering.

Action For Dogs Singapore
This 14 year old organisation’s sole mission is to improve the life of stray dogs in Singapore and find as many as possible a loving home. All dogs within their care receive equal love and attention, as well as medical and health care.

Cause for Animals Singapore (CAS)
Founded by five experienced and dedicated shelter volunteers, this animal welfare charity’s committed to saving the lives of Singapore’s homeless cats and dogs through its successful rescue and adoption program. Additionally, CAS aims to create a sustainable model of effective stray management and animal health through its vaccination and sterilization programs.

This non-profit organisation is dedicated exclusively to re-homing abandoned bunnies of all shapes, breeds and sizes. They also run a successful fostering program and regular education events.

Lost Paws
An online network and portal for multiple animal welfare groups and organisations, Lost Paws is a one-stop adoption and missing pets portal. These guys have adoption advertisements and lost-and-found pet notices gathered from across the networks in Singapore.

Three Legs Good
This non-profit’s mission is to give injured and disabled dogs a second chance at life. They also work towards raising awareness about the joys of adopting a mongrel, who can be very intelligent and perfect companions.

Voices For Animals Singapore
Though they don’t belong to any registered organization, Voices For Animals are actively involved in animal rescuing stray and retired breeding mill dogs.

Hope Dog Rescue
A group of animal lovers who strongly feel that all animals should be treated with love and respect, Hope Dog Rescue help animals who have been abused, neglected and abandoned.