I’m the type of weirdo who will wave at dogs across the street. You know when the dog pull against its leash so you can pat them? PLEASE LET ME KIDNAP YOU (jk) SO I CAN LOVE YOU FOREVER. Also, cats who meow back when you meow at them and rub their face across your legs, that’s literally the ONLY validation I’ll ever need. Who need humans when pets are literally the embodiment of love?
If you relate to my weird tendencies, you can devote your intense love by volunteering at the shelters! Who knows, you might just meet your lifelong best friend. Take a look at these 18 animal welfare organisations you can contribute your time for a FUR-filling experience!
1. Lost Paws
Think of LostPaws as an online notice board where photos and information of animals waiting to be adopted are plastered across the web. They have an adoption page which includes doggos, kittos and occasionally birbs and bunnies too! Apart from adoption, they have a Lost & Found page filled with missing furry friends. To help with the search, Lostpaws set up LostPaws Neighbourhood Watch so the community will be notified of missing pets within their own neighbourhood. Thinking of those poor missing pets is so heartwrenching:'(
2. OSCAS – Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter
Personally, Wee Boy and Wee Girl are my favourites, I mean, LOOK AT THOSE HAPPY FACES AND THE NAMES!! Of course, all dogs are man’s best friends and they all deserve love. If you can’t commit to adoption, there are other ways you can make these good bois and girls feel at home.
If money donations aren’t your thing, you can contribute to basic dog supplies like treats, dog shampoos and towels! For those who prefer interactions, you can sign up as a volunteer to walk the dogs. For the dog lovers who have an extra space at home (and heart), you can foster dogs who need a safe place to rehabilitate. Alternatively, for those who can’t offer their home, you can opt for sponsor-a-dog-scheme! The monthly contribution will be used to take care of your sponsored furkid, and you get to spend time with them by walking them or giving them baths!
3. Mdm Wong’s Shelter & Friends
Mdm Wong, the heroine behind Madam Wong’s Shelter & Friends, is like the Mother Theresa of all canine and felines. Despite the sweat and tears from managing the shelter, she makes it her life mission to care for abandoned animals and show them that they deserve love, no matter their shape or size.
The shelter posts on their Facebook periodically for food/basic necessities donation which you can choose to either contribute money or deliver the supplies. In return, they’ll thank contributors with the photos of the donations on their page, so sweet! They are currently recruiting Weekend Volunteers, so if you would like to spend your weekends with the doggos and kittos, feel free to apply!
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Address: The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, BlkT unit 01-43, 01-44 & BlkU unit 01-47, 01-48. Singapore 699014
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Although Mercylight is a Christian dog adoption organisation, they do not discriminate other religions in their mission to rescue dogs. After all, doing good comes from within, regardless of differences. Their dogs are known as ‘Blessings’, because it’s always a blessing to find a four-legged friend that’ll give you unconditional love. To help the ‘Blessings’ get adopted, they host adoption drives around the island so make sure to follow their Facebook page for updates!
They have various volunteering positions including Kennel Volunteer, Feeder and Packer, while those who are looking to form closer relationships with the furbabies can choose to become a Fosterer or a Sponsor!
5. HOPE Dog Rescue
HOPE Dog Rescue is part of an ongoing initiative known as Project ADORE, which stands for ADOption and REhoming of dogs. As we know, Singapore is pretty strict with the regulation of HDB-Approved dogs which decrease the chances for big dogs to be adopted. With this initiation, HDB owners can adopt larger canines as long as it fulfil the requirements. There are other alternatives to adoption in HOPE too, so you can help the dogs by sponsoring, fostering or donating!
Have a talent? Don’t let it go to waste! For example, those who have a passion for photography can volunteer as a Photographer for events and blogposts. Your friends tell you that you’re a bad cook? Don’t worry, the dogs at Hope will appreciate every bite regardless of your culinary skills. Home-cooked food may be a hassle, but it is beneficial for the health of all dogs. They are looking for Volunteer Cooks who are willing to prepare meals to keep our fellow fur friends healthy!
SOSD makes it their mission to rehome the dogs as soon as possible due to the lack of a physical shelter. The furkids are currently living in rented kennels that are constantly filled up.
For first-timers looking to own a dog, sponsoring and fostering is a great way to learn and decide if you are ready for the responsibility. If you feel it’s too overwhelming but you still love dogs #doggos4lyf, you can contribute by fulfilling their wishlist or join their volunteering positions!
Do follow their Facebook page for updates on adoption drives and charity dinners!
7. Voices for Animals
Most dogs under Voices for Animals are mostly ex-breeding dogs rescued from puppy mills or breeders, which explains why there are many criterias to fulfil before adoption.
If you’re interested to adopt, make sure you read the FAQs. Their regulations may be stricter than other organisations, but keep in mind that it’s for the sake of the animals to prevent any unnecessary harm, considering many of these animals have lived in bad conditions or abandoned prior to the rescue. As potential owners are only allowed to view and adopt on Adoption Drive days, you can follow their Facebook page where they’ll provide the dates and details for the viewing!
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You’ve read the news, yes, MINDEF is currently putting up an adoption for retired MWDU (Military Working Dog Unit)! On their adoption page, there are information on the retired dogs regarding their personalities, so you can choose the one that reflects who you are as a person (Like how I relate so much to Jofa because she spends her time lazing around and will only show enthusiasm if there’s food). Do note that the adoption drive ends on 4th May 2019!
Honestly, they’re the best companion for those who have went through NS because finally, someone understands the struggle to ORD.
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Contact No: 6424 6623 (9AM to 5PM, weekdays)
9. Causes for Animals
Cause For Animals is currently working towards a Stray-Free Singapore through collaborations with other animal welfare organisations. For example, they are also part of Project ADORE which is a collective initiation (As mentioned in HOPE Dog Rescue) advocated by other shelters as well.
They have various donation programs, like Medic Aid, which helps with the medical expenses of ill dogs, and Food Drives, where you can help to feed the strays. You can also sponsor a kennel and personalise it to make your sponsored furkid feel at home!
If you support a Stray Free Singapore, you can contribute to the Stray Management Program by donating a small amount to help with the cost of neutering stray dogs! By doing so, strays can no longer breed and multiply the amount of strays on the streets.
10. Animals Lovers League
Animal Lovers League is a strictly no-kill shelter, which is extremely amazing considering they house over 600 dogs and cats! Considering the amount of animals in the shelter, it is extremely difficult to keep the organisation running, especially the current situation where they are urgently looking for funds to move to Sungei Tengah.
If you can’t keep a pet (Like me because of parents:(), there’s a solution! You can opt to sponsor a furfriend and drop by the shelter to care for them as your own. If you prefer to volunteer, you can choose to either work at the shelter, events or even do design/writing/photography work! For dog owners, you can shop for a cause if you’re looking for products for your furbabies!
If you’ll like to adopt, you can find out more about the procedure here!
11. Kittycare Haven
Although Kittycare Haven is known for its Cattery (boarding services), they put up cats they’ve rescued/found on their facebook for adoption as well. The cats were either lost or living in dire conditions, such as the case of LuLu (pictured above) who was kept by a breeder in a dirty HDB flat along with 7 other cats. (Still available!) The cats were brought back to the Cattery for rehabilitation and now they are looking for a loving home! Do contact them if you’ll like to view the cats and they’ll set you up for an adoption appointment.
12. Cat Welfare Society
Cat Welfare Society (CWS) is on a mission: For all cats to be loved, free from fear and suffering. Look at all these loveable felines on the Cat Adoption Board, and you’ll understand why. In order to achieve their goals, they have a programme known as TNRM (Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage) where Community Cat Caregivers dedicate time to make sure the cats in their estates are sterilised and fed responsibly.
Of course, CWS offers voluntary works, but if you’re willing to go the extra mile, how about fostering one? To prep you into foster pawrenthood, you’ll be attending the Fostering 101 Workshop. Now you’re equipped with knowledge, you can join the fostering network and be the best fosterer to these furbabies! If you’re the ultimate cat lover, pledge your allegiance to CWS by signing up for their membership, you’ll be entitled to perks for yourself and your furbabies!
*Pst, do you know that certain welfare donation entitles you to tax relief? Find out more on their website!
13. Love Kuching Project
Love Kuching Project is a small cattery that house sick and injured community cats for rehabilitation. Saw a cat in your estate that needs help? You can play a part in rescuing felines as well!
For potential pawrents, you can check their Instagram or blog to learn more about the cats that are up for adoption, but do read up on the process before making a decision! If you would like to volunteer, do join their play/clean sessions which are held daily, but of course, make sure to request at least five days in advance for planning to take place. For cat owners, you can volunteer along with your cats too! Your feline will take on the role as a therapy cat (Must fulfil criteria) and assist in therapy sessions with their presence.
14. House Rabbit Society Singapore
Frosty, (the adorably angry looking bunny in the picture) is one of the many adoptables under the care of House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS). They are dedicated to reduce the amount of unwanted bunnies by rescuing and helping them to seek forever homes. Sadly, rabbits are unable to produce loud noises like a dog or cat, which makes it difficult to realise they’ve been abandoned in areas like dustbins. See, irresponsible owners is the reason why Frosty looked so pissed, or he could be hungry for carrots. Adopt Frosty and friends so they can have carrots AND regain faith in humanity!
15. Bunny Wonderland Singapore
Awww! Look at this beautiful princess! And that’s what every pet should be, spoilt with love and respect. Thankfully, with heroes like Jackie Fang (co-founder of Bunny Wonderland), abandoned bunnies are given a chance to be treated like a royalty, exactly as they deserve to be.
If you’ll like to learn more about rabbit care, they host educational workshops of different levels for prospective owners to experienced owners. Considering to adopt a bunny? Read through their bunny 101 guide on rabbit ownership so you can gauge the responsibilities of caring for one. To make sure potential pawrents are ready for commitment, read through the adoption requirements to make sure the bunnies are set up in a responsible home!
For other furry (or slimy?) friends, they may not have an official organisation, but there are Gumtree listings/Facebook pages and groups dedicated for these specific communities, such as Chinchillas and even aquatic animals. The community includes owners (and possibly breeders) putting up adoption posts, and enthusiasts who are active in responding to queries on tips and cares, which is extremely useful instead of Googling aimlessly imo!
16. Singapore Chinchilla Lovers
Awww! Cutest family portrait ever 10/10! Although listings for adoptions are a little more uncommon for Chinchillas, you can join the group to keep a look out for any new adoption posts! After all, Chinchillas are relatively rare pets, which makes it slightly difficult to care for. As of the time I did this article, there’s currently a pair of male Chinchillas available for adoption!
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17. Singapore Hamster Club
Singapore Hamster Club is a platform for members to share their collective love for hamsters. Apart from hamster videos and personal pet photos, there are members who are looking for adopters as well! For first timers, don’t hesitate to ask questions so can better prepare when you get your furbabies. You can join the group and enquire on tips to care for hamsters, the community are always happy to help you with your queries!
Facebook: Boop here!
18. Love Fish Singapore
You can adopt fishes as well?! Yes, there’s a Facebook page known as Love Fish Singapore where the community list a variety of aquatic species including terrapins! There are listings of Alligator Gars (shown in pic), Stingrays and Ghost Fishes, so for those aqua fanatics looking for new addition in their tanks, there are uncommon species looking for a new home! *bloop bloop*
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Unfortunately, many of these good boys and girls are abandoned in shelters or worse, left to fend on their own on the streets. See, there’s this saying that goes “Your pets may just be a part of your life, but to them, you’re the whole world”. To you, it’s a commitment, but to your pets, it’s a lifelong fulfilment.
Try not to buy because you want a specific breed, and don’t be impulsive to adopt one because you feel obliged to care for one. It takes a lot of responsibilities and understanding, so in the meantime, there are various other ways to love our furry friends within our capabilities! Now go hug a furbaby, they deserve love.
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