Noah's Residents

Noah's Residents

Monday, February 23, 2015

Animal Welfare is Society’s Shared Social Responsibility and Duty

I refer to the previous week’s Talking Point topic, “Pet Peeves” and agree that society needs to be more tolerant, compassionate and responsible in ensuring the welfare of pets and community animals. I disagree that community animals pose a public safety concern as it is our actions that will either help them or create more issues for them.

Majority of these community animals want to be left alone and they seek human companionship and love from caregivers that feed and care for them. It is the sole responsibility of caregivers to maintain proper hygiene practices when feeding these community animals to set a good example for others to follow and to maintain public cleanliness.

Also, to maintain a small and manageable population of community animals, sterilisation is the only option in preventing unwanted litters and the majority of such animals should be entitled to low cost mass sterilisation schemes that are funded by the government. This would help in managing Singapore’s community animal population and to show that sterilisation is effective and the most humane method available in avoiding over-population which becomes another issue.

Animal welfare organisations need to continue their good work of stepping up sterilisation efforts especially in industrial areas to facilitate sterilisation and re-homing efforts and projects. It is a societal and community effort in changing people’s mindset and showing an example for our younger generation to respect and care for the community animals in our midst by fostering kindness and compassion.

Furthermore, the various ministers that are involved in animal welfare and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) need to be the forerunners in creating awareness and educating the public about being compassionate and tolerant with these animals that are sharing community places. They need to be advocators and work hand in hand with the animal welfare organisations as these organisations cannot do it alone. With the assistance from the many animal welfare organisations in Singapore, more can be done in nipping residential complaints in the bud and finding an amicable solution where it is a win-win situation for everyone.

It is important that through such mutual efforts of the public and pet owners, being responsible and maintaining a working relationship will allow the Housing Development Board (HDB) to lift their existing rules in allowing owners to keep animals of larger breeds through a trial program. Thus, the success of the lifting of such regulations largely depends on owners and animal welfare organisations to work hand in hand in making such programs a long-term benefit for shelter animals and that such programs can be implemented in areas around Singapore as well.

Community animals lead unpredictable lives as they do not have permanent homes and that they have to fight for survival. It is essential for society to view this aspect and to just help them or leave them alone. I urge society to be more open and tolerant in respecting and accepting these animals.

Mediation and continued dialogue with residents who might face animal-related issues should be looked into but not at the extent of affecting the lives of these animals. It is a timely reminder for society to work together in looking at the problem and not to fight among ourselves. For society to move forward, change does not occur overnight, it takes continuous efforts and planning to create a society that accepts community animals and that common areas can be shared with them. Indeed, everyone has a part to play in terms of animal welfare so that changes can be implemented for the welfare of the animals.

By Darren Chan Keng Leong

Abstracted from TR Emeritus, The Voice of Singaporeans for Singapore

Friday, February 13, 2015

This Valentine's Day, find "The One" - Sponsor a Pet for S$50 a month

Meet our Noah's Ark Valentine Couples...

Left: Clyde and Bonnie. Rescued Cross Pomeranians
were kept in a cage 24 hours a day
when their owners lost interest in them.  

Left: Oso and Evo.  Oso was given up when
his owner was pregnant and they didn't want him.

Evo was given up because her owner's house
was burglarized and she failed to do her job
as a guard dog.

Left: Pepi and Sofie.  Pepi was given up when his owner
passed on and the family didnt want him.
Sofie was given up because they family lost interest in her.

Left: Su Su and Kopi are siblings, they were abandoned when
they were puppies.  Both of them are very close and
you will never find them out off each other's sight..  

Left: Prisma and Cinzano - both were ex YOG horses,
they were given up after their career as riding school horses
 due to leg and hoof injuries.
You will always find them grazing together on the open field.

Left: Melody and Primas.  Melody was rescued when
Tang Dynasty closed its doors in 1999.

In January '15, she turned 32 years old and
she is our oldest resident at Noah's Ark.

 Primas was given up because he could not perform
his duty as a riding school horse.

It is never too old to fall in love, Melody found some she likes and
she adores her young man Primas - that is her secret to staying young. 

Noah's Ark Animal Sponsorship
To sponsor a dog at Noah's Ark it costs S$50 a month or a horse at $100 a month.  Your sponsorship will go towards food and medical expenses to upkeep her stay at the sanctuary.

Sponsorship form 

Pet Sponsorship form, please click here 
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Desperate times calls for desperate measures

Recently, Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary(NANAS) responded to a call for help from a Singaporean lady, Clara who had a crisis on her hand which had affected her in ways unimagined which included her pet dog, Brownie as well. Noah’s Ark has responded to such cases before but this is one case that we could not ignore as it was exceptional and based on compassionate grounds.

Clara and her cousin, Joseph had approached many platforms to find the necessary help and assistance in resolving their dilemma which meant that they had exhausted all means of assistance.  Due to her genetic medical condition which is classified as of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) which is a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it affects the entire body. The symptoms range from severe joint inflammation, spine degeneration, chest pain and generalised fatigue.  This long-term affliction has rendered Clara the inability to care for Brownie and to provide the best for her.

To add to her mounting woes, she is undergoing a separation from her husband who is abusive and thus, she has no choice but to seek a personal protection order against him to safeguard her well-being. However, every month, she is given $350 for maintenance from her husband as instructed by the district judge.

The story of Brownie, a mongrel is equally heart-wrenching as Brownie’s mum gave birth to a few puppies on Pulau Tekong which took place 10 years ago. A kind-hearted army boy brought the puppy home but due to objections from his parents, he had no choice but to look for another home for Brownie. This is the time where Clara took ownership of Brownie and she has been caring for her since the last 10 years.

For Clara and Brownie, both of their situations got tougher when she received a complaint from the Housing Development Board (HDB) that Clara is not the rightful owner of her flat and that she cannot reside anymore in the flat. Despite her difficult dilemmas, Clara did not give up on Brownie; she was determined to be together with her beloved pet.  Her cousin’s friend soon proved to be a second option for Clara to allow her to house Brownie in her home but there were only certain times that she must meet to be able to see Brownie. Therefore, she has to adhere to the strict regulations set aside by her friend in order to maintain the sense of responsible ownership for Brownie which is the existing love and care for her.

After 11months of staying at Clara’s friend’s home, Brownie started to develop recurring bouts of diarrhoea, she was bitten by ticks, and the loss of fur left her with red scaly patches on her body.  To her horror, she discovered that Brownie was locked up in a room to prevent her from barking at strangers.  This caused Brownie to scratch her skin which bleeds periodically due to the pent up stress due to her unfair confinement in the room.  Lynda, a volunteer from Noah’s Ark proposed a plan to take Brownie out of Clara’s friend’s house due to the strict arrangements and to find an alternative solution for Brownie.

The volunteers at Noah’s Ark were moved by Clara and Brownie’s plight and unfortunate situation that we are appealing to raise funds to substantiate the costs of bringing Brownie to find her permanent home which is at the sanctuary. The funds are as follows:

  1. Boarding fees @ $235.40
  2. Transportation and documentation to Noah's Ark in JB @ $550
  3. Medical bill for health check @ $187.25
    Total: $972.65

Overall, Brownie health is generally alright aside from the slight skin problem, her health is good for a senior dog.  Currently Brownie is being temporary housed at a boarding kennel so as to facilitate her transportation to Noah’s Ark.  Clara goes to visit Brownie at the hotel and she says, “I just now visit Brownie and bring her for a walk, she’s very happy.  Really need to thank Lynda for letting me and Brownie a chance to be together.”   Brownie loves Clara very much due to the special unbreakable bond of owner and pet which is evident from their perseverance through thick and thin.

These words of appreciation and gratitude shows the amount of love she is willing to sacrifice for Brownie but due to unforeseen circumstances, it does not allow her to provide the shelter and protection for Brownie.  The sanctuary extends help to such situations that are based on compassionate grounds in hopes of helping the owner and their pet to find the respite that they need.

We hope that Clara finds the help that she needs to lead a better and more stable life. We knew that Clara wants to see to the well-being of Brownie which is her first priority, to recover from health-wise and to secure a job when her health is more stable.  Also, we would appreciate for your kind generosity needed to give Brownie a second chance at living out her remaining years with dignity and the love that she deserves.

If you would like to contribute towards Brownie's welfare:

By cheque
Payable to Noah's Ark CARES, please write "In Aid of Brownie" on the back of cheque and mail to: 42 Cairnhill Road #02-01 Singapore 229661 

By fund transfer
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

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

Please email to when you have made a transfer in order for us to send a receipt to you. 

Thank you.

By Darren Chan 

To protect the identity of the family, the names in the article have been changed.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Over population kills

Relatively high rates among owned dogs and cats and the scarcity of puppies and kittens surrendered to the SPCA and shelters suggest that efforts by humane groups and veterinarians have been successful in lowering canine and feline fertility.

However, as you can see most of the puppies that are posted for adoptions are mainly from the unplanned strays. Low-cost sterilisation scheme initiated by 80% of our veterinary clinics shows that the majority of our veterinarians are contributing/returning their kindness to the animal's welfare. The cost and ease of neutering services are important.

Neutering rates among owned cats and dogs consistently exceed those strays especially the dogs in industrial areas and remaining farmlands around Singapore. Get your priority right for every litter of puppies that are taken from the bitch for rehoming is a step of kindness but to complete that act by getting her sterilised should be your mission.

There are closed to 30 Animal Welfare Groups in Singapore not forgetting AVA as well. Currently there are a few ministers who are having their hands on animal issues as well.

It is easier for the system to ask: "We humans to stop at two then to get those four legged to comply."

By Raymund Wee

Monday, February 2, 2015

The spirit of a Warrior

Sir Steadfast Warrior

Knight Commander
11 September 2006 to 1 February 2015
Age: 8 years 4 months

Sunday, 1 February at 11: 45 a.m. we lost a dear friend Sir Steadfast Warrior who has been fighting a battle from his illness which the vet suspected that it was acute esophageal obstruction known as choke, swallowing disorders or uncommonly with congenital abnormalities of the upper airway.  Acute obstruction of the esophagus can happen in horses that eat too fast, have poor teeth or for a variety of other conditions that prevent the esophagus from functioning normally.

The past one week, Raymund has been painstakingly taking care of Warrior and administering the drip line on him to ensure that he was not dehydrated, watching him eat by giving him small meals and providing tender loving care (TLC) to Warrior.

When Raymund told me that Warrior was unwell on Wednesday 28 Jan morning, immediately the next day  I applied for urgent leave in order to go to Noah’s Ark to see Warrior - just in case we will not be able to see each other on Saturday, 31 Jan which is our regular visiting day to the sanctuary.  I took the day off to spend time with Warrior and to recall the good times he had at Noah’s Ark.

Warrior’s condition looked guarded – he was fighting to stay on but in his heart I knew that he was feeling miserable and down, the same feeling as us when we are sick.  When his time is ready, I know that he will go when his mission is completed - to see his close friends before he can rest in peace.  

Saturday, 31 Jan at 10.00 a.m. Warrior was looking fine and we were hopeful that he would pull through and recover, he was showing signs of improvements. I believed that he wanted to put on a brave front like a warrior showing the visitors from Lasalle College of the Arts that he was ok and he didn’t want them to worry too much in order for the students to continue their work at the sanctuary.  I could hear the students telling Warrior to get well soon and to continue fighting the battle.

If a horse gets sick, they are not like dogs that you could take them to an animal hospital – only the Horse Racing Clubs in Singapore and Malaysia have hospitals for horses and it is only for “race horses”.  

What happens if a horse outside of the racing club that needs to go to a hospital?  
The answer? “None”.  

How does a horse receive treatment if they are unwell?  
A vet will do a house call and analyses what is the wrong with the horse and administers the necessary drugs.  When a horse falls sick – they go downhill very fast and we have to be mentally prepared for the worst.  

This morning, when Raymund told me that Warrior had passed on, in my heart what is most important is that he passed on with dignity.  When Warrior retired from his career as a Race Horse – he did not have to be put down or be "deleted" a term used in the race horse industry.  Although Warrior’s stay at the sanctuary was only for a year and 4 months, he knew the meaning of freedom and he got to be a horse.  Warrior passed on with his last breath in the presence of Raymund and allowing him to stay at the sanctuary.  It is Warrior's way of showing Raymund his gratitude for taking care of him. Horses are like dogs - they are Man's Best Friend.

I have informed Warrior’s trainer Chris that he passed on and he said “Warrior’s life at Noah’s Ark was the best compared to his friends who have retired else where.”  So Warrior you are one lucky horse!

I have seen how you have raced and you always gave your best.
I will always remember you for your strikes and movements.
I loved the way you galloped when you have fun.
I have seen you rolled and played with mud, 
                 which was your happiest time.

You are a Warrior and living up to your name.
You are a Champion in our eyes.
You are a Friend.
You will always be Remembered.

Your buddy Chun Doong will miss you dearly.
We will ensure that he is fine and he will find 
                a buddy to accompany him.

I have witnessed your freedom the day you step on the grounds of 
          Noah’s Ark and now you are free to go anywhere you want on 
          Rainbow Bridge - a happy place for all God’s 
         Creatures Great and Small.

 By Lynda Goh

Warrior when arrived at Noah's Ark and the first thing he did was
to play with mud. 

Warrior running free with Primus (right).

Warrior with Chun Doong his buddy.

Warrior, Chun Doong and Primus arrived at Noah's Ark.

Chun Doong, Warrior and DJ hanging out.

Dawn of a new day. 
A warrior's spirit fading,
My journey complete.

- Steadfast Warrior's Haiku

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My favourite place on Earth

I have to say this place is magical, always so much more to explore and discover. My students were all very excited to be back to experience the "kampong" life and to see their animal friends again. 

All of them have overcame their fear on the previous trip (some have never touched a cat / dog or horse before). I can totally see that they are more at ease this time and creating more beautiful photos, which will go towards the Noah's Ark 20th Anniversary fund-raising dinner. Can't wait to see thousands of their photos tomorrow during class! In the meantime, here are some of mine. 

I must say this trip has been very fruitful for me too as I got to spend more time with my Doberman girl, Mika. Soon after my dear dogson Tesmo passed on, Mika arrived at sanctuary as her owner had given her up. At first she was really shy and kept to herself. But on this visit, she and I bonded. She would calmly walk in front of me whenever a big dog approach, and use the length of her body to protect me. We even share a head-head moment, it was really sweet. We just kept each other company heart-to-heart, without a word or bark. I love it :) Can't wait to see you again Mika....

Last but not least, thank you Nikon Singapore for sponsoring the cameras! 

By C.S Ling Photography
Nikon Singapore Professional Photographer 
SanDisk Extreme Team 
Gitzo Ambassador (Singapore) 
Singapore Women's Weekly 
Winner of Great Women of our Time (Arts & Media) 2011 
Grand Prize Winner of Nature's Best Photography 
Windland Smith Rice Award 2012 
Winning work now exhibited at Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington, USA 


My students from Lasalle College of the Arts and I. 
My dear girl, Mika the doberman, whom I sponsor 
at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary.

Baby rabbits.

New born baby rabbits.

Look what big ears you have!

The Starbuck stare.... beautiful eyes....

Gibbon and me. 

Thank you Nikon for sponsoring the cameras!

Thank you C.S. Ling for organising the photography trip to Noah's Ark for your students.