Our friend is very serious when it comes to saving the stray dogs of Singapore. It has shed some light on the issues and I'd like to share what I've found.
So where to start? Well, I guess I could start with why we took a trip to an animal shelter and boarding facility called Mutts & Mittens. This is where our friend Joyce has two dogs (rescued strays) that she pays to have kept because she can't bring them home due to the restrictions set by the government on the number of dogs one can keep in a flat. She makes it a point to visit them at least once a week. When we got there, the dogs were very skittish and relied heavily on each other for support.
These beautiful dogs took a bit before they warmed up to us but the male especially needed the comfort of and reassurance from his sister.
It wasn't long before they were up to being very close with Joyce and you can see the special bond they have.
But for many of the dogs there, they are not claimed or have someone who comes to visit and bring treats. They are just spared lives, living out their days with little interaction and only on a system that relies heavily on public donations. Yes, they have the care of vets and a regular diet, things they wouldn't have as stray dogs wandering the streets. But I can't help but feel that their lives aren’t much different from someone incarcerated, yet their only crime is that no one has come down to give them a home.
It's not just stray dogs that need care; there were cats in need of a home as well. Many ran up to the cage as we walked by, in hopes of being given some attention. Some I noticed obviously had special needs like the cat who had only one eye. No telling how the other had been lost. Clearly though, more lost souls looking for a family to love them.
Chilli Padi even befriended a dog that was at least her size and stood at her height, though if it were to stand on its hind legs, I'm sure it would have been taller than even myself. He seemed elated to have someone stop and just pay him some attention.
Most all of these animals are no longer the cute puppies and pretty kittens you could purchase at some pet store in a mall. In fact, some are the retired dogs from the puppy mills that churned out those very pets. The commitment from any adoptive owner must be a very strong one with the understanding that these animals will have special needs due to trust and other psychological issues that may be scars from their past. But what you will get, unlike that mall-bought pet, is one that's far more grateful since it's known what a life of neglect is. And once it has found it can trust you, you will have a very special and loyal friend for the rest of its life.
If you're interested in getting in contact with the Mutts and Mittens Foundation, just click that name and you will be taken to their Facebook page. If you're simply unable to take in a pet for whatever reason but feel the need to help, I'm sure a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated.