Noah's Residents

Noah's Residents

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The courage of our conviction

Team Noah's Ark
Front row from left: Alicia, Gek Hiang, Shalom (German Shepherd), 
Raymund, Madeline, Joanne, Canto Pop (Shihtzu), Ester and Sharon.
Back row from left: Suan, Lynda, Clement, Ah Long, Beatrice, 
Fong Yee, Vivian and Agnes.
A covenant with the creator to sustain and to respect all life.
We reap what we sow. Our legacy to future generations will grow from acorns of our action as well as the personal values we demonstrate to those of this and future generations through our everyday behaviors and attitudes.
Integrity is not what we do as much as who we are. And who we are, in turn, determines what we do. It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject.
Our intentions are pure and with one thing in mind to make Singapore a Stray Free City.
The Guardians of the Ark

Our reflections by Dillon and Kenneth, final year vet students, University of Adelaide

Our placement at Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS) was truly a memorable experience. Upon stepping into the sanctuary, we were welcomed by dogs of all breeds, ages, colours and sizes (even number of legs). Although each of them had a different physical appearance and personality, one thing common amongst them was their freedom and happiness. This emotional state is possible because of the environment (and home) which the ark provides. The property is aptly named a sanctuary; a safe haven for the animals, a home for abandoned, abused and neglected pets and a place where the animals are protected and taken care of.

One of the many areas the dogs are allowed to roam.

The Cat Wisma, a 2 story house specially for the cats to live in.

The sanctuary also houses the Animal Birth Control clinic which aims to provide low cost sterilization of animals to the community. We spent most of our first week in here, performing spay and neuter surgeries under the watchful eye of Raymund. Under his guidance, we learnt many different surgical techniques and how to handle various situations in ‘shelter’ surgery. This has helped us to gain confidence and become competent in the tissue handling and resolving problems.  

From left: Kenneth and Dillon performing sterilization of female cats in Malacca.

In our second week, we were given the opportunity to perform numerous sterilizations on stray animals and pets in the different communities in Muar and Malacca. This has helped us to further develop our knowledge and skills set.  Besides the technical skills, we were also able to grasp a good understanding of shelter medicine. Raymund also shared with us the structure of the organization and its role in reducing the number of stray animals on the street. Through our interaction with him, we gained an insight into his passion and love for the animals, which is what motivates him everyday.

Among the many conversations we had with Raymund, there is one thing that stands out. He told us - the only way an animal can reciprocate your support and kindness (choosing to rescue, save, treat them etc) is with its love and affection. It is this innocence and purity that compels people to give back to the animal society.

Dillon with the playful cats in the wisma.

Kenneth bidding goodbye to the canine residents at Noah's Ark.
In summary, our experience at Noah's Ark has been a rewarding and meaningful one. We would like to express our gratitude to Raymund and his staff for their kind hospitality and for providing us with delicious food each meal. We would encourage anyone reading this to find out more about Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary, to share in its vision and join its cause in providing a better tomorrow for all animals.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi .

Written by Dillon & Kenneth

Final year vet students, University of Adelaide


Sunday, January 25, 2015

My second visit to Noah's Ark

My second time at Noah's Ark CARES in the last 24 hours and it's starting to feel a lot like my second home.  Animals and humans, we're all the same - we crave for love and attention - and hope things never change.
Big thank you to all the animals and volunteers at Noah's Ark for being ever so warm and welcoming - and to all visitors as well, thank you for coming - always wonderful to be in company of fellow animal loving souls! 
Photography by Nicole aka Nikkiko
Wild x Life x Style Photography - photographing animals and people who love animals since 2005. 

Team Noah's Ark. 
Front row from left: Alicia, Gek Hiang, Shalom (German Shepherd), 
Raymund, Madeline, Joanne, Canto Pop (Shihtzu), Ester and Sharon.
Back  row from left: Suan, Lynda, Clement, Ah Long, Beatrice, Fong Yee,
Vivian and Agnes.
Raymund welcoming the guests at a luncheon.

Gek Hiang (right) introducing the team members.

Finally, we have arrived at Noah's Ark.

"Please let me in too!"

Visitors greeting Christian the cat.

Khim with Bonnie.

Cheryl giving Oso a pat.
Visitors giving the dogs at the main lodge a pat.

The stables.

Khim helping to distribute the carrots to the horses.

Evelyn with Chung Doong.

Renee looking on at Fred.

Dax with Fred the horse.

Nicholas was so excited to be with the horses.

Cinzano rubbing his nose on Nicolas.

Dogs welcoming our visitors.

Dax with the dogs at the stables.

Dogs facing Lorraine during a photo shoot. 

Philomena spending time with Scruffy.

Giving our guests a gentle lick.

Joleen and Dax playing with the dogs.

Erika caught in between two dogs.

Jan with Holly on the right. 

Stitch and Gypsy showing affection to Khim.

Debbie with Toby.

Sushan is covered with licks.

Fashion with a snake.

Kit & Herman with Sherlock Holmes.

Nicholas hanging on to Dad and giving
the dog a pat on the head.
Picture session with our friends at Noah's Ark.

Agnes, Noah's Ark Volunteer with Bonnie.

Madeline, Noah's Ark Volunteer.
Alicia, Noah's Ark Volunteer.
Joanne, Noah's Ark Volunteer
 with Starbucks.

Lynda, Noah's Ark Volunteer with
(from left) Sheba, Zena and Shalom, rescued
German Shepherds - checking on the horses
at the stables before the sun sets.
Noah's Ark would like to thank Nicole for the capturing the memories which will be remembered by our friends and visitors. And thank you to our supporters for supporting our work for the rescued residents at the sanctuary. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rocky a Neapolitan Mastiff given up by his owner.

Top 5 Reasons by Owners Give Up Their Pets:
  • It is no longer fashionable
  • The pet is old
  • Unwilling to pay for vet fees
  • Downgrading to a smaller house/apartment
  • A baby is on the way
Rocky, a 10 year old Neapolitan Mastiff was given up today because he is old and smelly. Moreover his owner does not want to pay for his surgery fees to remove several lumps on his body and an aural haematoma.

Dr Jessica Kuek, a vet from Amber Veterinary Clinic attended to Rocky and did a physical examination on him and found him to be fit to undergo surgery to remove the lumps and drain the swelling in his ear flap.

Jessica will be at Noah's Ark for a week to volunteer her services for the sanctuary animals.

By Raymund Wee

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SPAY Marathon @ Noah's Ark Animal Birth Control (ABC) Clinic

Kenneth and Dillon.

A total of of 210 dogs and cats were sterilised by Kenneth Yen & Dillon Devathasan both are Final Year Veterinary Students from The University of Adelaide. The spay journey started from 5 to 16 January 2015 with a weekend break of only two days.

After 4 days of surgeries under close supervision both Kenneth and Dillon proved their competency in handling "Spay and Neuter Surgeries" to qualify them to embark on this spay journey from Noah's Ark Sanctuary to Muar and Malacca. With their enthusiasm and veterinary training they completed 210 spay surgeries, one caudectomy, a cesarean on a cat successfully surviving 3 kittens and many consults without any post surgeries complications.

These will be the future vets whom I hope will take over Noah's Ark Legacy by giving back their services to the Animal Society.

I am proud of you for your enthusiasm which keeps my passion going and I would highly recommend them for clinics that are hiring veterinarians.

By Raymund Wee

From left: Dillon, Puan Mariam, Kenneth and Raymund.

Dillon attending to a caregiver for Noah's Ark
spay and neuter programme.

Getting ready to sterilise the cats.

The making of a compassionate vet.

Standard incision length for a dog's spay.

Incision for a cat's spay.

Standard incision length for a cat's spay.

Dillon and Kenneth attend to
new born kittens.