Noah's Residents

Noah's Residents

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Harsh Reality of Our Street Dogs

We need the community's help to help them

Every society has its strengths and weaknesses - that includes us.

Our top priority is to care for 600 dogs, 300 cats, 10 horses and many small animals at Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary, a place for the animals to call home and to pass on with dignity - it is no fault of theirs that their caregivers have abandoned, abused and neglected them.  It is our moral obligation to provide food, shelter and medical care for the animals at the sanctuary. 

Apart from taking care of the animals at the sanctuary, Noah's Ark places a great emphasis on Project Industrial Dogs (PID). The objective of PID is to stop the endless reproduction and to lessen the number of strays on the streets through active sterilization.

Our PID team is small, we focus on a firm belief that every female street dog is spayed, many lives are inadvertently saved.  We regularly provide the street dogs with food and our priority is to sterilize the dogs and control their population.  We visit industrial areas to explain to factory owners, supervisors and workers about our project and the importance of sterilization, and to convince them to work with us.  We do get negative responses from factory owners that are unwilling to help.  But on the positive side, some workers are able to understand our work and they do ask for medical help for the street dogs.  Some of the workers refer their friends who work in other factories to us to help the street dogs. 

We are grateful that they understand and they want to help the dogs - and these dogs do not live in the lap of luxury but they are taken care off with basic needs.

Recently, we had three rescue cases referred by the factory workers that needed medical attention.

An elderly caregiver who feeds Sintu regularly informed us that Sintu was not well.  When we went to look for him, they discovered that he had contracted TVT (canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor) and he must have had this condition for quite some time for his genitals to show such symptoms externally.  In order not to infect the other dogs, we brought Sintu to the vet for medical treatment.



During one of our feeding sessions, we made a turn into this particular lane when we saw some dogs loitering around.  A huge dog came running towards us when he smelt food and we found out that he is affectionately called Yogi by the factory worker who has kept him since young.  When we were feeding Yogi and we were about to leave, we saw that he had a hole in his scrotum.  We know only too well that the hole though small for now, will likely get infected and in time to come cause pain to Yogi.  We spoke to the elderly security uncle and he was only too glad to have our help to treat Yogi. 

Jackson squeezed out from a corner as we were about to leave after leaving some food for the pack of dogs.  Initially, we only saw his right view which was fine until he lifted his head from eating to look at us straight in the face and our jaws dropped. Jackson's left eyeball was popping out of the socket and the front part of his eyeball was covered with soil, mud and dirt sticking to the pus!  No way we could leave him unattended, immediately we brought him to the vet for medical aid.
These dogs are cared for by the factory workers and security guards, they provide shelter for the dogs, we provide food and in return the dogs help to take care of the factory when everyone goes home for the day.


To read about Sintu, Yogi and Jackson's plight, please click here.

Some lucky dogs get to stay within the compound if the workers like them.
Some dogs will sneak and hide for lodging.  
Ideally, we wish that every dog can find a home. 
In reality, there are many dogs at the shelters waiting for their forever home.  
Some dogs have been sitting and waiting for a year or two at the shelter.
When can they say that "I have a home"?

We are thankful that some factory workers are helping to take care of them, we at Noah's Ark try our best to provide the assistance needed for the welfare of the animals and we need your help to help the community's street dogs.

How you can help?
To help support Sintu, Yogi and Jackson medical fees, please email to no amount is too small to help the community's street dogs.

To make a contribution by cheque
Please make cheque payable to Noah's Ark CARES and mail to:

Noah's Ark CARES
42 Cairnhill Road, #02-01. Singapore 229661
To make a contribution by fund transfer

For transfer to DBS BANK:
Bank: DBS 
Account type: DBS CURRENT
Acct number: 012-900823-0
Acct name: Noah's Ark CARES
Branch Code: 012
Bank Code: 7171
For transfer to OCBC BANK:
Acct No: 501-827745-001
Acct Name: Noah's Ark Companion Animal Rescue & Edn Society
Branch: OCBC Head Office
Branch Code: 501
Bank Code: 7339

Thank you.

From the Volunteers of Noah's Ark 

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