Birthday Celebrations for Melody
Our Oldest Resident
Visitors from Singapore celebrated Melody's
34th birthday on 25 February 2017 during the sanctuary tour.
She was presented with a cake made of hay with carrots that looked like candles on the top of the cake. The other horses and dogs also joined in the celebrations while visitors took turns to take a photo with her. While Melody was enjoying her cake, our volunteer, Josann treated the humans to an array of mouthwatering cakes she had made for this special occasion.
Some people commented that there was no "real" birthday cake that day so the following week, Josann baked a cake for Melody and everyone celebrated Melody's birthday one more time. She was not complaining. She deserved it!
Being the oldest and the dominant mare, Melody enjoys being the matriarch of the herd. At 34 years of age, she is still fit and strong and does not take any nonsense from anyone.
Rescued in 1999 from Tang Dynasty when they closed, Melody made the journey across the Straits to her new home when the sanctuary relocated to Johor from Singapore in June 2000.
Happy Birthday Melody! Let's hope you have many more years to come! Next year, maybe durian cake for you? She absolutely loves durians but that is another story!
New arrivals from Singapore
Welcoming Ah Gal, Fei Zai, Mandy & Blackie
On 7 March 2017, the sanctuary was abuzz with news that four dogs arrived from Singapore. We are very glad that we are able to give these deserving dogs a place they can finally call their forever home. Let's meet them and hear their stories.
The Valentine Couple: Ah Gal & Fei Zai
Ah Gal and Fei Zai were guard dogs looking after a factory in Singapore. They worked very hard, day and night, to ensure that the premises were safe. After 10 years of dedication and undying loyalty, their services were terminated.
Instead of being rewarded for their work, they ended up at AVA. This did not bode well for these two senior dogs. They most certainly did not deserve this fate.
Thank goodness they were saved and can now retire and live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. They were rescued by a NANAS volunteer the day before Valentine's Day and she aptly named them the Valentine Couple.
Mandy has lived at a heavy vehicle park for the past 13 years ever since she was a puppy. She also had a caregiver, a foreign worker who worked at the vehicle park. He was very responsible and ensured that Mandy received her annual vaccinations and when she was sick, he would bring her to the vet.
Unfortunately, the worker's contract ended and he had to leave. In the meantime, Mandy had an accident and injured her right hind leg needing a plate to hold her bones together. Her right front leg was also injured.
When we found out about her plight, we were happy to offer Mandy a place at the sanctuary. We strongly believe that Mandy deserves a home and a place to retire with dignity.
Blackie is 2 years old and a very large dog. He used to be locked up in a cage for many hours. No animal should be treated this way. A dog this size needs plenty of exercise and the freedom to move around.
What is the point of having a dog and keeping it in a cage? The owner most probably just wanted a guard dog to look after his factory. Wait till it barks too much, it will be disposed off in a heartbeat. You just cannot win, can you?
Luckily, the rescuer felt sorry for him and managed to free him from his misery. When we heard about Blackie, we agreed to take him in. He can now roam free and run around on the sanctuary grounds to his heart's content. Another happy dog in the making!
Noah's Ark Tour +
Talk on Pet Massage
Date: Saturday, 25 March 2017
Time: 10.30 am to 6.30 pm
Meeting: Boon Lay MRT Passenger Meeting Point
Have you ever wanted to learn pet massage?
Book your seats for the next sanctuary tour on 25 March.
Betty Vong Jansen will be presenting an Introduction to Pet Massage and How it can help your pet at Wisma Kuching at 4.00 pm for all visitors who are interested to attend.
You will learn how to calm and relax your pet using the first basic stroke. There will also be a short demo as well as hands-on practice on the two dogs and many cats in the cattery.
Why Learn Pet Massage?
The Benefits of Pet Massage
For more details on the tour, click HERE.
To register, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How you can help us to help them
Rescue work is never easy
Sometimes we feel helpless when we cannot help each and every animal. Many times, we have had to choose but it breaks our heart not being able to do more for the ones we could not help.
Saving an animal is the easy part but in doing so, we are responsible for it for the rest of its life. Raising enough money for food, medical and daily necessities needed to run a sanctuary with more than 1,000 animals is, in itself, a monumental task. Every month, the volunteers are busy raising funds to continue this work.
Funds are also needed for key projects and they include:
There are many ways you can help:
Do check out our awesome Tri-Paws by clicking HERE.
If you wish to contribute in any way to make it easier for us to continue doing this work, here are the bank details: