Once upon a time, in 1995, fuelled by his love for the stray, Raymund sold off his shop house to set up an animal shelter in Jalan Kayu, Seletar. He transformed Noah’s Ark into one of the foremost private animal shelters in Singapore.
Raymund poured his body, mind and soul into his work for the strays and practised dog grooming to rake in extra funds to support the animals. Coupled with this, he also had to see to the day-today running of the animal farm and tended to the animals when they felt ill.
When land rentals in Singapore increased, Noah’s Ark could no longer afford the rental as well as settle the escalating costs of up keeping the growing number animals on the farm. So, in June 2000, with the help of his many volunteers and supporters, Raymund moved the sanctuary Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary, to Pekan Nanas, Johor, Malaysia. From the early beginnings of 200 animals, Noah’s Ark is now home to 860 dogs, 540 cats, 5 horses and all creatures great and small.
Had we not moved out of Singapore, into Johor, we would not have been able to upkeep the animals that have been abused and abandoned through no fault of theirs. Being in Johor allows us to continue our work with the animals, to give them the happiness and freedom they deserve and to live their life in dignity.
The objectives of Noah’s Ark is to reduce the population of stray, rescue abandoned, injured and abused animals as well as maintain its 1,100 animals at this beautiful and amazing sanctuary.