If you’re thinking of getting your own best friend, you’re on the right track. After all, dogs are a man’s best friend. But before you drop by a Singapore pet shop, here’s a thought – adoption! The truth is, Singapore is brimming with strays and abandoned dogs in shelters waiting to be rehomed.
These dogs, just like every other, are capable of love and affection despite their unfortunate past. Plus, it’s been said that adopters and their adopted pup tend to have a stronger bond.
If you’re looking to give these make a paw-sitive difference and give a pup or two a fur-ever home, here are 6 dog shelters to consider adopting a forever furiend from!
Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) Source: SOSD
Dedicated to the welfare of Singapore’s street dogs, SOSD offers these dogs the shelter they need until they are rehomed. Though the dogs at SOSD consist of those rescued off the streets or previously impounded, they have undergone the necessary health checks and treatments from vets in Singapore such as desexing, vaccinations and deworming.Source: SOSD
To facilitate adoption, SOSD has profiles of each canine with important details such as their temperament, HDB-approval status and quirks. Interested parties simply have to fill in a form found at each profile and are encouraged to visit the shelter during their twice-monthly shelter tours to meet and interact with the dogs.
Exclusively MongrelsSource: @exclusivelymongrels
Exclusively Mongrels is dedicated to the Singapore Specials, mongrels. Though they are described to be the real underdogs in the canine world, these pups are no different from pedigrees and have as much, maybe more, love to offer.Source: Exclusively Mongrels
Exclusively Mongrels has several categories of canines up for adoption for potential pawrents to choose from. Potential pawrents are also thoroughly evaluated to ensure these mongrels are left with a family that can provide for and support these canines emotionally and physically. The shelter will also conduct home visits, before and after adoption, to help both owner and pet settle in.
Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)Source: @asdsingapore
Since its establishment in 2000, ASD has been working to provide abandoned and stray dogs with a second chance. The dogs up for adoption here are grouped according to their traits such as “good with kids”, allowing you to opt for one that suits you best.Source: ASD
If a certain cutie has caught your eye, it’s encouraged to drop ASD a call or email to express your interest. From there, an adoption counsellor will speak to you on your expectations and requirements on a canine as well as give you vital information on the dog of your choice.
If a match is found, an application will be sent to you and a compulsory bonding will be set up. ASD also offers an exclusive adoption package for potential adopters to ease the process.
Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS)Source: OSCAS
As its name suggests, OSCAS strives to give the canines in its care a second chance at life. Because of their firm belief in ensuring that each dog ends up in a forever home, the adoption process here is slightly more elaborate, to guarantee nothing but the best for both the human and canine.Source: OSCAS
Once you’ve contacted them to express your interest, you’re required to go through several bonding sessions with the canine of choice to ensure a compatible pairing. This is then followed up with a home visit to dog proof your home in preparation for a two-week homestay. This is where both the pet and potential pawrent are really left to adjust to each other. Once the homestay is successful, the adoption is finalised with a $250 adoption fee which covers sterilisation, microchipping and vaccination as well as any necessary administrative costs.
HOPE Dog Rescue Source: @hopedogrescue
Hope for the canines, indeed. HOPE Dog Rescue dedicates its efforts to street dogs, especially those abused and mistreated. More often than not, the dogs from HOPE Dog Rescue have survived through terrible or near-death circumstances, yet are still able to wag their tails in delight today.Source: @hopedogrescue
If you’re keen on adopting the canines at HOPE, simply fill in the adoption form to express your interest in the dog of choice as well as to inform them of the necessary information. Armed with this information, the staff and/or volunteers from HOPE will get in touch with you subsequently.
MercyLight AdoptionSource: @mercylightsg
At MercyLight Adoption, every canine is seen as a blessing. The dogs here are also rescues, with the majority of them being HDB-approved and have undergone basic training, allowing them to respond to basic commands.Source: MercyLight Adoption
Each dog up for adoption at MercyLight come with a detailed profile with information like their toilet habits, HDB-approval status, their personality and health status. If you’re keen on adopting any of these canines, simply submit an adoption form found on their website and wait for a response from them.
If you are unable to adopt a dog but would love to make a difference, fret not! These shelters are always looking for volunteers, donations and foster pawrents. This way you can still do your part in improving the lives of these canines.