Where we were today! (and will be tomorrow)

Did you see us at the Sengkang CC hardcourt today? We were at NEA's Clean and Green Singapore 2012 event. We will also be there tomorrow! Try our games and walk away with cute collaterals.

Thanks to those of you who stopped by our booth and completed the papercraft cat with us. If you'd like one, hurry down, they are almost out of stock!

More about this year's theme...A Pet is for Life!

Our theme of the year is "A Pet is for Life"! Have you come across it in the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Roadshow, our Pet Snap! Photo Contest pages, or our advertisements? This theme will be carried in our outreach activities for approximately one year.

Under this theme there are two submessages - Don't Get Pets on Impulse" and "Don't Abandon Your Pet".

Before you get a pet, consider carefully:

  1. does my family want a pet too?
  2. do I have the budget for a pet?
  3. do I have time for a pet?
  4. do I know what type of pet suits me?
  5. do I want to keep it for the rest of its life?

For more information on the considerations, visit our site's "Before Getting A Pet" section or have a look at the RPO Roadshow interactive display visuals.

Pet abandonment includes acts such as:

  1. releasing a rabbit at a nature reserve
  2. letting a dog go in a remote area
  3. leaving a terrapin in a pond at the park
  4. leaving kittens at the void deck

Pet abandonment is cruel and irresponsible. It is an offence that carries a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail term of up to one year upon conviction. To find out more, visit our Pet Abandonment and Strays section of this website or download our RPO Roadshow interactive display visuals.

Come visit us tomorrow and Sunday!

Hey everyone! We're going to be at NEA's North East Clean & Green Singapore 2012 event this weekend (11am to 6pm) at the Sengkang CC Hardcourt. Our papercraft pets are going to make an appearance there too. Pick one up whilst stocks last and don't forget to participate in our Pet Snap! photo contest before the 5th of December!

The Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Roadshow 2011

Minister of State (National Development and Manpower) Tan Chuan-Jin gave his speech (read the transcript or watch the speech on youtube) at the opening ceremony of the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Roadshow 2011.

The RPO Roadshow was then opened by MOS Tan, together with AVA Chairman Mr Koh Soo Keong and AVA CEO Ms Tan Poh Hong. A doggie assistant, Prince, lent a hand, erm, paw.

Prizes were presented to the winners of the RPO Art Competition (left) that was held earlier this year, and tokens of appreciation were presented to the participating and supporting organisations, including our RPO Partners.

Over the two days, exciting dog demonstrations were conducted on stage by Awesome Pawsome (left) and the Singapore German Shepherd Dog Club (right).

Visitors to the Roadshow were invited on stage to have fun in a game show hosted by Melody Chen (left), which was a test of pet knowledge and speed! Audiences were also treated to a skit performed by Woodgrove Secondary School Students (on right) - oh oh, what is happening to the two "hamsters"? Apparently the owner didn't know that Syrian hamsters shouldn't be housed together and now they are fighting!

The winning entries of the RPO Art Competition 2011 were displayed at the Roadshow (left) and new RPO egames were available to try out (right). You can also try out the egames now on our site!

Interesting and educational activities were conducted throughout the day at the Seminar Room, including puppet shows by Ngee Ann Polytechnic students and a rabbit grooming session by House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS).

At the mockup clinic, complimentary pet checkups were offered.

A lot of action was going on a the dog activity arena, with activities by the Singapore Kennel Club (SKC), such as competitions (left) and doggie dancing (right)!

Those with doggies had a chance to try out the obstacle course with the assistance of Singapore Kennel Club (SKC) handlers.

There were also lots of new collaterals available at the RPO Roadshow - including the new 2012 RPO pocket calendars (featuring the winning entries of the RPO Art Competition 2011), bookmarks and ezlink card stickers. The special blue "A Pet is for Life" edition was only available at the Roadshow, whilst the cat and dog editions were brought back for those who missed them on the train or bus.

Many thanks to those who participated and support the RPO Roadshow 2011 and those who came down!

Pick up a free papercraft pet at the libraries and join Pet Snap!

If you didn't manage to pick up one of our papercraft pet dogs or cats at the RPO Roadshow, never fret! You can do so at any one of these 24 libraries, whilst stocks last.

If you got a papercraft template and you're not sure all it fits together, do have a look at this guide with step by step instructions and pictures.

Remember to enter your photo by 5 December 2011!

NORTHERN ADDRESS
1. AMPL Ang Mo Kio Public Library
4300 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, S569834.
2. BBPL Bukit Batok Public Library
1 Bukit Batok Central Link, West Mall #03-01, S658713.
3. BPPL Bukit Panjang Public Library
1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza #04-16/17, S677743.
4. SBPL Sembawang Public Library
30 Sembawang Drive, Sun Plaza #03-01, S757713.
5. WRL Woodlands Regional Library
900 South Woodlands Drive, Woodlands Civic Centre #01-03, S730900.
6. YIPL Yishun Public Library
930 Yishun Avenue 2, Northpoint Shopping Centre #04-01, S769098.
WESTERN ADDRESS
1. BMPL Bukit Merah Public Library
3779 Jalan Bukit Merah, S159462.
2. CCKPL Choa Chu Kang Public Library
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall #04-01, S689812.
3. CMPL Clementi Public Library
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, The Clementi Mall, #05-13/14/15, S129588.
4. JRL Jurong Regional Library
21 Jurong East Central 1, S609732.
5. JWPL Jurong West Public Library
60 Jurong West Central 3, Frontier Community Place #01-03, S648346.
6. QUPL Queenstown Public Library
53 Margaret Drive, S149297.
CENTRAL ADDRESS
1. BIPL Bishan Public Library
5 Bishan Place #01-01, S579841.
2. CSPL Cheng San Public Library
90 Hougang Avenue 10, NTUC Hougang Mall #03-11, S538766.
3. CTPL Central Public Library
100 Victoria Street, National Library Building #B1-01 S188064.
4. EPPL library@esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue 1
#03-01 (Inside the Esplanade)
Singapore 039802
5. TPPL Toa Payoh Public Library
6 Toa Payoh Central, S319191.
6. SRPL Serangoon Public Library
23 Serangoon Central #04-115 NEX Shopping, S556083.
EASTERN ADDRESS
1. BEPL Bedok Public Library
21 Bedok North Street 1, S469659.
2. GEPL Geylang Public Library
50 Geylang East Avenue 1, S389777.
3. MPPL Marine Parade Public Library
278 Marine Parade Road, Marine Parade Community Building, S449282.
4. PRPL Pasir Ris Public Library
1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3, White Sands #04-01/06, S518457.
5. SKPL Sengkang Public Library
1 Sengkang Square, Compass Point #04-26/27, S545078.
6. TRL Tampines Regional Library
31 Tampines Avenue 7, S529620.

Responsible Pet Ownership displays for download

Did you like the displays at the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Roadshow last weekend? We have all the colorful displays collated here in a downloadable pdf for you to keep and read at leisure!

Feel free to print them for your own use, but if you would like to distribute them, please do let us know beforehand.

Here are the displays before the doors opened on Saturday...

In the picture below, everyone checking out the answers for their activity cards, which could be used to redeem free RPO goodie bags.

In the picture below, someone's trying the interactive maze and learning how to avoid pet abandonment on the way! (check out the downloadable pdf for a clearer picture of the text)

Sneak preview: Our latest bookmarks and 2012 pocket calendars!

Here's a sneak preview of our latest bookmarks as well as our 2012 pocket calendars! Pick them up this weekend at the RPO Roadshow at the Singapore Expo Hall 4B, anytime from 11 am to 8 pm.

They will also be available upon request by schools, whilst stocks last!

Don't forget to check with your school to find out more!

Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Art Competition 2011 results!

Minister of State (National Development and Manpower) Tan Chuan-Jin gave his speech (read the transcript or watch the speech on youtube) at the opening ceremony of the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Roadshow 2011.

The RPO Roadshow was then opened by MOS Tan, together with AVA Chairman Mr Koh Soo Keong and AVA CEO Ms Tan Poh Hong. A doggie assistant, Prince, lent a hand, erm, paw.

Prizes were presented to the winners of the RPO Art Competition (left) that was held earlier this year, and tokens of appreciation were presented to the participating and supporting organisations, including our RPO Partners.

Over the two days, exciting dog demonstrations were conducted on stage by Awesome Pawsome (left) and the Singapore German Shepherd Dog Club (right).

Visitors to the Roadshow were invited on stage to have fun in a game show hosted by Melody Chen (left), which was a test of pet knowledge and speed! Audiences were also treated to a skit performed by Woodgrove Secondary School Students (on right) - oh oh, what is happening to the two "hamsters"? Apparently the owner didn't know that Syrian hamsters shouldn't be housed together and now they are fighting!

The winning entries of the RPO Art Competition 2011 were displayed at the Roadshow (left) and new RPO egames were available to try out (right). You can also try out the egames now on our site!

Interesting and educational activities were conducted throughout the day at the Seminar Room, including puppet shows by Ngee Ann Polytechnic students and a rabbit grooming session by House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS).

At the mockup clinic, complimentary pet checkups were offered.

A lot of action was going on a the dog activity arena, with activities by the Singapore Kennel Club (SKC), such as competitions (left) and doggie dancing (right)!

Those with doggies had a chance to try out the obstacle course with the assistance of Singapore Kennel Club (SKC) handlers.

There were also lots of new collaterals available at the RPO Roadshow - including the new 2012 RPO pocket calendars (featuring the winning entries of the RPO Art Competition 2011), bookmarks and ezlink card stickers. The special blue "A Pet is for Life" edition was only available at the Roadshow, whilst the cat and dog editions were brought back for those who missed them on the train or bus.

Many thanks to those who participated and support the RPO Roadshow 2011 and those who came down!

Save our Heros Game Show at the RPO Roadshow!

Smudge and Latte want to meet you too!

Find out what happens to Smudge and Latte in this fun and entertaining puppet show by students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic!

Meet Melody Chen at the RPO Roadshow 2011!

Pet Snap! 4 photo contest

Our Pet Snap 4! Photo Contest is going to open soon. Click on the image below to find out more!!

Description

Dance with your dog!

Singapore's first Musical Canine Freestyle Competition will be held at our RPO Roadshow at the Expo on Sunday Nov 13th!

What is Musical Canine Freestyle?

Musical Canine Freestyle is a relatively new sport that combines dog Obedience and dance in a way that is totally unique and exciting. It blends dog Obedience and dance presenting a visually exciting display of handler and canine teamwork. The handler and dog perform dance-oriented footwork in time to the music, rather than displaying the traditional walking pace and Obedience.

The Musical Canine Freestyle competition on Nov. 13th is open to all and includes two levels:

  1. Level I - Dogs are can be kept on leash and handler can use treats and toys, but toys need to blend in as part of the performance act (not just as a training aid).
  2. Level 2 - Dogs must be off leash and no treats or toys are allowed. Performance tools however are allowed (maximum of three items only).

In both categories the purpose is to develop interesting combinations of required movements with directional changes and use of performance pace, matching with music, in the given time span of 1:30 - 2:30 minutes. The dog should be moving forward with drive and energy at all times.

For Level 2 the choreography may include additional movements, which will be judged accordingly. Required movements for both categories are right and left side heelwork, frontwork, pace changes, turns and/or pivots and circles, serpentines or spirals. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, but the dog's costume should be minimal. All music used must be non-copyrighted music (or a music permit from The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) must be presented.).

The Judge

The competition is judged by Mr Oliver Pang. A musical, dance & drama cheographer by profession, Oliver has represented SKC at high level Show dog competitions and has won Top International Junior Handling Champion at Crufts, UK in 1992.

How to Register:

  1. On-line via Singapore Kennel Club's website www.skc.org.sg.
  2. On-site at the Registration Table at the Dog Activity Arena (Singapore Expo Hall 4B on 12 and 13 November 2011).

For more information or assistance, email obedience@skc.org.sg

Calling all doggie lovers and owners!

Would you like to find out more about obedience and agility training and watch some doggies in action? Come down to the Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow 2011 to do just that!

Plus, Singapore Kennel Club (SKC) handlers will be around to help you and your dog try out obedience and agility training.

The following equipment will be available for try-outs at the Roadshow as follows;

12 November 2011, 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm & 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm: Board jumps and high jumps
13 November 2011, 2.30 - 3.00 pm & 4.30 pm - 5.00 pm: Bar Jumps, Tire Jump, Double Bar Jumps etc

More about training from the Singapore Kennel Club (SKC):

Training is necessary for dogs to be productive family members. Training may be in the form of simple housebreaking or learning to walk on a lead. Training may also be more elaborate. Keeping dogs off furniture, chewing on a favorite shoe, not jumping on visitors and not chasing people. Training involves everything relating to how a dog interacts with its family members, in particular and society, in general.

Dogs can be trained. Training does not strip a dog of its natural instincts or characteristics. We want you to enjoy the companionship of your canine, be proud of his behavior and celebrate the canine ownership

Every trained dog should know at least five basic commands. The commands are all one word - Heel, Sit, Down, Stay and Come. Even if you don't take your dog beyond these beginning lessons, they are absolutely essential in making every dog a true companion.

The concept behind Obedience Training is to develop a very close working relationship between human beings and dogs, while demonstrating the usefulness and enthusiasm of dogs. What training does is structure the dog's responses. In fact, it establishes a channel of communication between you and your dog. This significantly enhances your mutual respect and friendship.

pictures courtesy of Singapore Kennel Club (SKC)

Introducing our papercraft pets!

Yes, our pet papercraft templates have arrived! There are two designs to choose from - the AVA pet dog or the AVA pet cat. The template is all you need to make your own papercraft pet, which will carry the theme of the year - "A Pet is for Life!".

These two papercraft pets will be available free at our RPO Roadshow next Saturday and Sunday (12 and 13 November 2011) at the Singapore Expo Hall 4B. Come and bring them home!

More details on an accompanying photo contest will be out soon!

new ecards and wallpapers coming!

Check out the playground sections, ecards and wallpapers, for all this great stuff and keep checking back for more! There's another set coming up really soon!

Hello there new friend!

More sneak peeks at our upcoming project!

Photos courtesy of Ms Cecilia Yap