Pet Adoption Friday: Mary and Bolt from Save Our Street Dogs

Mary

Name: Mary
Gender: Female
Breed: Local Cross
Age: 7 months old
Size (current): Medium
Personality: Shy at first, but friendly after warming up to people
Characteristics: Sweet & gentle
Good with people: Yes, with some time & patience
Good with other dogs: Yes (cats too!)
Health: Good
Vaccinated: Yes
Sterilized: Yes

Mary enjoys being in the company of dogs and cats. Her warm and friendly character makes her a great companion to her human friends too, but do give her some time as she is initially very shy - the result of the trauma she had experienced as a young pup. Mary used to wail and cower whenever approached, but is getting better everyday and now allows strangers to pat and pick her up. Mary gets along very well with other dogs as she feels safe in their presence.

Bolt

Name: Bolt
Gender: Male
Breed: Local Cross
Age: 5 months old
Size (current): Medium
Personality: Sweet-natured with mild temperament
Characteristics: Playful & sociable
Good with people: Yes
Health: Good
Vaccinated: Yes
Sterilized: No>

Bolt was actually on home stay but it failed as the family was moving apartments and decided not to take him along. Otherwise by all accounts, Bolt presented no problems to the family. He has a sweet-nature and a mild temperament. Gets along well with everyone including children.

Both Mary and Bolt can be adopted separately. If you wish to know more about them, please send an email to rehoming@saveourstreetdogs.com.

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Pet Care Tips: Is My Terrapin Healthy?

Terrapins, also known as red-eared sliders, can live longer as compared to many other aquatic animals. Therefore, extra effort and care has to be given to maintain the health of a terrapin. In this article, we will look at some of the illnesses terrapins can suffer from and what you can do to treat and prevent these conditions from affecting your pet.

Respiratory infection

When the temperature of water in which your terrapin lives becomes too low (optimum temperature is between 23C and 27C), your terrapin is more likely to contract a respiratory infection. Symptoms of a respiratory infection include having swollen red eyes, loss of appetite, and excessive mucus from the nostrils or mouth of your terrapin. You may also notice your terrapin basking excessively and swimming lopsidedly in an unbalanced manner.

Make sure that the basking temperature is optimum for your terrapin. The water temperature should be raised by about 3C to 4C. A visit to the vet is advised in order to get antibiotics for your pet.

Ear abscess

Terrapins living in a tank containing water of poor quality have a high chance of contracting an ear infection with pus formation. You should spot lumps on either side of your terrapin's head if it has an ear abscess.

If your terrapin contracts an ear infection, bring it to the vet to have the abscess pricked and drained.

Eye infection

Terrapins can contract eye infections and may become blind if it is lacking Vitamin D which can be absorbed from sunlight, and having a diet deficient in Vitamin A. If you notice that your terrapin has swollen teary eyes which may not be able to open fully, bring it to the vet immediately as the eye infection can lead to a fatal respiratory infection if left untreated.

The vet will usually inject Vitamin A to the infected terrapin and advise you to include Vitamin A in its diet. If treated early before your terrapin goes blind or contracts a respiratory infection, it should be able to recover fully.

Shell deformities

Shell deformities can result from poor water quality or lack of basking, causing the shell to not be able to dry out completely. It can also be due to calcium deficiency in the diet, resulting in a soft, rubbery and deformed shell. You may spot soft white patches on parts of the shell of your terrapin, and entire scutes (scales on the shell) may fall off. If left untreated, the shell can be infected by bacteria and rot.

You should bring your terrapin to the vet if it has shell deformities or shell rot. The vet will usually cleanse the infected area with an antibiotic solution to prevent the condition from worsening.

Skin fungus

Fungus can grow on the skin of your terrapin if it is living in poor water conditions or is unable to dry out properly. White patches on the skin are signs that your pet has a fungus infection.

The temperatures of the tank water and basking area should be ideal for your terrapin. You may want to lower the temperature in the tank by a degree or two below the normal recommended range to encourage basking. The water should also be kept very clean to prevent your terrapin from contracting other infections.

Prevention is key!

If your pet contracts any of the conditions mentioned above, remember to bring it to the vet.

Poor water quality and surroundings of the tank are often the main causes of infections in terrapins. If you can set aside some time to maintain the hygiene and conditions of the tank regularly, you can reduce the chances of an infection in your pet. The water should be cleaned and replaced on a regular basis. Ensure that the temperature of the water is between 23C and 26C and there is a proper basking area for your terrapin to sunbathe and dry itself. You can read more about the proper housing conditions for terrapins from our previous article here. By setting up an ideal home for your terrapin, you are being responsible for your pet and you can lower the chances of it falling sick.

Adapted from Terrapins.co.uk and Terrapin-info.co.uk

Photos from VCA Animal Hospitals, Wetwebmedia and Pet.sg

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Beat the Monday Blues: Right “back” at you!

Need some back-scratching to keep you energised on a Monday morning? You can trust this dog pal in the video to do a good job on that. One condition though. You need to help scratch his back in return. Now let's watch this cute and heartwarming video in which the two besties help out each other in times of 'need'.

New Beginnings: Starting small

Miss Ann Lek, SPCA's education officer, believes in starting small. What does that mean? Find out in this week's "New Beginnings"!

I adore animals.

I was the kind of kid who would pester my parents with an endless stream of pleas for a pet. Being young and ignorant, I used to plead for a puppy. Lucky for me, my parents knew better. They wouldn't budge, and I never got a pet until I was much, much older and finished with my studies in junior college.

Mighty

Mighty, my first hamster, was a gift. My friend and I went to a pet shop and picked out two hamsters, which were given to me as a birthday present (read on to find out how I soon regretted my choice to buy hamsters). I named one 'Mighty' and the other, 'Mouse'.

On that same day, I found out what a huge mistake it was to get two hamsters and keep them in the same cage. After a few hours in the same cage, the two hamsters started fighting. I found out the hard way that when hamsters fight, they really go at each other. Even after I tried separating them with a divider down the middle of the cage, Mouse actively sought Mighty out.

It was a stressful night, having to break them up every time they got into a scuffle. Eventually, I kept Mouse in the carrier I used to bring the hamsters home in (and risked my own fingers in the process!). The next day, I passed Mouse to my friend who had bought me the hamsters, who kept Mouse with her.

Tiny

A year or two after getting Mighty, I started volunteering with the SPCA. That was when I realised what an ignorant person I was; I bought a pet when there are so many perfectly good animals waiting for homes in animal shelters, waiting for people to save them. I'm glad to say I've wised up since.

Tiny was my first adopted hamster and she showed me how great it felt to adopt and save a life. While volunteering with the SPCA, I fell in love with her and decided to adopt her. Of course by then, I had learnt my lesson. This time, I kept my hamsters separate - one in one cage!

Tiny was possibly the best hamster in the world. Tiny was truly tiny, but what an outgoing personality she had! She was the only hamster I've had who would stay still in my palm, scuttle around on my bed without taking off, and pose for the camera. And she never nibbled us. She was a great hamster, and I was devastated when she eventually passed away.

Dace "nomming" on a treat

Volunteering in an animal shelter has its perks. I get to see, on a regular basis, all the animals available for adoption. After Tiny, I have had the pleasure of meeting many great hamsters, each one special in their own way. Here's a rundown on some of the other hamsters I have adopted.

Dace was the second hamster I adopted from the SPCA. She was a feisty one, which explains why we had to feed her hamster treats with a ruler and not directly with our fingers!

Bunny

Bear

Bunny, was my first Syrian hamster! I had read so much about them, and always wanted to keep one. When I saw Bunny in the shelter, I adopted him right away. He was also the my first boy hamster after my three girls. Not that I mind, they were all equally awesome. =)

Bear, so named because he really looked like one (doesn't he?). He loved his weekly treat of a small slice of carrot. This cuddly one was a Syrian like Bunny, and because of his size (Syrians are much bigger as compared to Dwarfs), we kept him in a huge fish tank, fitted with all sorts of hamster accessories and fun things. He was one happy hamster. =D

Trip

When I saw Trip in the shelter, I just had to adopt him. (Clearly, I have a soft spot for Syrians.) This little black baby remained wary of people and was the only hamster I had who would fly out of our palms when we tried to pick him up.

Hamsters, being prey animals, don't like to be carried or touched (which again, is why Tiny was so special). Nevertheless, we were happy just having him around. We made sure he had everything he needed and cleaned his tank once a week. One day, his fur started shedding and scabs appeared all over his tiny body. He began to lose a lot of weight. Several trips to the vet proved futile, he was treated for mites just in case that was the problem and a sample of his fur was taken to check if it was anything else. The tests were negative, and the conclusion was that it was hormonal - there was nothing much the vet could do for him. We kept his environment clean and peaceful for the last of his days. He died after a long and hard fight with Cushings, a rare disease that's often fatal in hamsters.

Trey

Trey is the last of our hamsters. Having had the pleasure of keeping three Syrians, I fell in love with a Dwarf once again. Trey was sitting in his cage in the shelter when I saw him. I adopted him and brought him home, and he's been with us since.

Having kept so many hamsters, I learnt that hamsters make great first pets to instil in children a sense of responsibility towards another living being. Apart from me having to change their food and water supply everyday and washing their cages once a week, they are very self-sufficient and to care for. As hamsters have much shorter life spans (up to three years) compared to dogs (up to 16 years) and cats (up to 20 years), hamsters are also a better test to see if the child who insists on getting a pet will grow tired of it after the novelty wears off.

Although I've since adopted many other animals which include gerbils, guinea pigs, a cat and a dog, I can't thank the many hamsters who have passed through my life enough, for teaching me responsibility, patience and how to give lots of lots of love. =)

Pet Adoption Friday: Benji from Noah’s Ark CARES

To refresh your memory, we last saw Benji in our last Pet Adoption Friday article featuring Noah's Ark CARES' animals about two months ago. (Click here for the article) Currently, this boy is still looking for a new home. Do you have a place for him in your heart?

Name: Benji
Gender: Male
Breed: Local-crossed
Age: 11 months old
HDB Approved: Not HDB-approved
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilized: No

Benji was saved from the streets when he was 2 months old. He was found all alone with no siblings or mother. He was very timid and would scream every time he was touched. Now he is a big and confident boy who needs a loving home! He may be big in size but he is very gentle and affectionate. Benji is now with a good fosterer and he has learnt how to walk well on a leash, is toilet-trained and he sleeps with cats too!

For more information, please send an SMS to Ms Madeline Chia at 9270 8612.

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Animation Video: A Pet is a Lifetime Commitment

Follow the lives of two families as they become first-time pet owners in "A Pet is a Lifetime Commitment" and you will learn that a lot of preparation is needed before you welcome a pet home.

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Pet Care Tips: Can You Handle Me (Chinchillas)?

Chinchillas are rodents which do not like to be carried. However, with a little bit of patience, you can get your chinchilla to be comfortable with handling. Knowing this skill will also help you to bond with your pet.

Before we learn to handle a chinchilla, it is good to know that chinchillas can get frightened easily and will hide in a corner if you approach it in a rush. When a chinchilla feels threatened, it may bite, or 'spray urine' at you if it is a female.

These steps will guide you to handle a chinchilla safely with confidence.

1. If you have a new chinchilla, give it some time to familiarise with the surroundings and keep interaction to a minimum. Spend time beside its cage every day so that it will get used to your presence. Move slowly and speak softly around your chinchilla so that it will not be startled by you.

2. Place your hand into the cage slowly and wait for your chinchilla to approach your hand. You can offer a treat (such as small quantities of raisins or dried fruits) if it does not approach. Your chinchilla will then begin to sniff your fingers and climb onto your hand when it feels it is safe to do so.

3. When the chinchilla is in your hands, bring it close to your chest, which will help to support its underbelly. As chinchillas do not like their legs to dangle freely, ensure that the legs of your chinchilla are always supported by your other hand.

4. You can pick up your chinchilla by scooping it up from underneath using both hands. (Another way to pick your chinchilla up is to have one hand in front of the chinchilla and another on the back to hold to the base of its tail firmly.)

5. After handling your chinchilla, put it down and offer a treat so that it will enjoy being held in future.

Here is a video to guide you to hold your chinchilla correctly:

If you notice some fur slip (drop of fur) from your chinchilla when handled, do not worry as it is just a sign that your pet is frightened or is not used to being handled. This condition is harmless to the chinchilla. To prevent fur slip, always handle your chinchilla with care and offer treats after handling so that it will not feel so frightened by the handling experience.

Never hold or grab your chinchilla by the tip of its tail as the tail can break off and it will not grow back. Refrain from holding your pet at a height as it may jump off your hand and fall, which can result in damaged teeth and other serious injuries. You will know that you are holding the chinchilla incorrectly if it keeps wriggling and squealing. Handle your pet frequently in the correct way so that it will enjoy your company and become well-socialised!

Adapted from Exoticpets and Chinchilla Chronicles

Photos from Flickr (1), (2) and Exoticpets

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Animation Video: Be A Considerate Pet Owner

Learn useful tips on building a friendly neighbourhood for animals and our community in the "Be a Considerate Pet Owner" video! And ensure that none of our neighbours will have to go through such an unpleasant day like the man in the video.

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Pre-Event Highlights: Pets Carnival @ Jurong Point (Postponed)

In view of the current haze condition, the event on 22 June 2013 will be postponed to October 2013. We are concerned about the health ofthe public and their pets. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and stay tuned for more updates on the event in October.

Venue: Jurong Point (JP2, Open-air Plaza)
Date: Saturday, 22 June 2013
Time: 12.00pm to 8.00pm

It's going to be a fun-filled day this coming Saturday, 22 June as we will be having a Pets Carnival at Jurong Point! Look forward to the event as there are many interesting activities lined up for this special occasion! Pet owners can sign up for a dog agility and obedience class, a pets' pageant and a pets' picnic (sounds interesting!). To find out how you can join, do click on the poster!

Our interactive displays will also be on site for you to learn about responsible pet ownership in an engaging way. In addition, you can visit our booth to learn more through our Mix and Match and puzzle games. Do remember to visit our Animal Welfare Group partners who will be there with their adoptable animals as well.

(Psst! Goodie bags will be given away at the event! Whilst stocks last!)

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Beat the Monday Blues: Kitten Takes On iPad Game

Fancy having a go at an iPad game with this kitty in the video? You will be amazed at how well the kitten fares in this simple yet exciting game! Watch this cutie have fun catching its 'prey' and your day will probably be better too!

If you own a cat, let him have a go at games designed for cats like this one so that your cat will not feel bored playing the same few games every day. Just remember to have your device paw proofed!

Apps for the iPad such as Cat Fishing, Game For Cats (the game in the video) and Cat Toys Lite are good games for your cat to play. Although these games can keep your cat occupied, it is important that you spend time to interact and bond with your pet as well.

Animation Video: Sterilise Your Pet to Prevent Unwanted Litters

"Sterilise Your Pet to Prevent Unwanted Litters" is a humorous and educational video which encourages us to sterilise our pets. We will not want that undesirable situation of having too many unwanted kittens to happen to us right?

Do keep a lookout for our RPO heroes (see above) in the video, as they make their cameo appearances in some of the scenes! Then, log on to our AVA Facebook Page to answer a simple question and you can stand a chance to win a pair of movie tickets!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Theodore and Teri from Humane Society Singapore

Theodore

Name: Theodore
Gender: Male
Breed: Shih Tzu
Personality: Loving fellow who will make you laugh
Age: 7 years old
Size (Full Grown): Toy (small)
Good with other dogs: Good
Toilet trained: Outdoor
Health: Treated for demodex
Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilized: Yes
Special Needs: A loving home

Also known as Fatty Teddy, this little fella was left in a box by the roadside. ):

Teri

Name: Teri
Gender: Female
Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Personality: A girl who knows what she wants
Age: Older than 5 years old
Size (Full Grown): Small
Good with other cats: Good
Toilet trained: Litter box trained
Health: 3-legged
Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: No
Sterilized: Yes

This strong 3-legged feline came from a home which neglected her.

If you wish to find out more about Theodore or Teri, please send in an email to Ms Judie Chang at judie.chang@humanesocietysingapore.org or call the Humane Society Singapore hotline at 6583 7371/ 6583 7372

More information can be found at Humane Society Singapore's Official Facebook page,

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Animation Video: Do Not Abandon Your Pet

To be abandoned by your closest one is definitely not a pleasant experience. Our animation video "Do Not Abandon Your Pet" reminds you that you should never do the same to your pet, as it will also be a painful experience for your pet.

We will be sharing more animations in the upcoming weeks so watch out for them. We will also be holding a contest related to the videos soon, so do stay with us for updates!

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RPO Exhibition @ Geylang East Public Library – Ngee Ann Polytechnic MOPpets Club Puppet Show

We hope you have learnt a lot about being a responsible pet owner at our RPO exhibition at Geylang East Public Library.

Next Monday, 17 June 2013 will be the last day of the exhibition, so do come down to the library and take a look if you have not done so!

Venue: Geylang East Public Library (10 mins walk from Aljunied MRT station)
Time: 10 am to 9pm, daily

Last Saturday, 8 June, the students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's MOPpets Club had put up an engaging and interesting puppet show for us. All of us had a great time and the children who attended the show were all given goodie packs.

Let's take a look at some of the photos from the show!

And they're here!

Quiz time!

Say cheese!

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Pet Care Tips: My Gerbil Doesn’t Look Too Well

Gerbils are relatively robust animals with little ailments. Nevertheless there are some common ailments that owners should take note of and bring their gerbil to a vet before its condition becomes serious.

Epilepsy

Gerbils, especially younger ones, are prone to epilepsy due to genetic predisposition. Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system and manifests as seizures. The seizures may occur due to fright, handling, or exposure to a new environment. The attacks are usually mild but can also be severe and result in death in rare cases. Fortunately, seizures do not usually result in long term effects, and the gerbils can recover quickly from them.

Signs of a mild seizure include laying low to the ground, ears pointing backwards or twitching and being limp when picked up. Signs of a severe seizure include jerking of the body violently and collapsing. You can help the gerbil by placing it in its nest area after the seizure and move the tank to a quiet and dark area to prevent overstimulation of its senses. Quietly check the gerbil at regular intervals until it recovers. If the gerbil does not recover from the seizure or if there were repeated seizures over a short period of time, contact your veterinarian for help.

If you have a newborn gerbil that is predisposed to epilepsy (e.g. parents have epilepsy), you can try to prevent seizures by desensitising it through frequent handling and provision of a stable environment that is away from heavy human traffic and loud noises.

Nasal dermatitis ("Sore nose")

Gerbils with nasal dermatitis have a red and sore nose and visible loss of hair on the irritated area. This is usually due to inappropriate housing such as rough or aromatic bedding and the lack of sand bath for the gerbil to clean its fur. Gerbils living in cages are more prone to nasal dermatitis as they often chew on the wire bars. The repetitive chewing rubs fur off the nose which then irritates the skin underneath.

You can stop your gerbil from suffering from nasal dermatitis by improving its living conditions. If it was living in a cage, switch it to a tank. Use soft and deep bedding that is not aromatic. If nasal dermatitis persists despite changing of living conditions or if a secondary infection occurs, bring your gerbil to the vet.

Tyzzer's disease

Tyzzer's disease is an infectious disease of gerbils caused by a spore-forming bacterium which infects living cells. It is transmitted through the faeces of the affected gerbil.

Gerbils infected with the disease may appear lethargic and weak, with occurrence of diarrhoea and a loss of appetite. The disease can cause failure in organs such as the heart, liver and digestive tract. Untreated gerbils may die within 48 hours after displaying the symptoms.

If you suspect that your gerbil has the disease, take it to the vet immediately. Do not introduce any new animals to the infected animal as the disease is contagious. Anything which come into contact with the spores of the bacterium should be sterilised immediately.

Overgrown teeth

The teeth of gerbils can overgrow if they are not given sufficient material to chew on. When gerbils have one of their front teeth broken, the opposite tooth can overgrow as there is nothing to grind against.

Gerbils with overgrown teeth will not be able to eat properly and would likely lose weight rapidly.

To prevent overgrown teeth, you should provide sufficient gnawing material such as untreated wood and chew toys from the pet store. Misaligned teeth or broken tooth can result in overgrown teeth which you can manage by bringing your gerbil to the vet for regular teeth trimming.

Hyperthermia (heat stroke)

Gerbils can suffer from heat stroke even though they originate from desert. When temperatures are too high, they will usually burrow underground to avoid the heat. Above 25?C, gerbils are less active and will lie spread out against the cool glass bottom of the tank to allow heat to escape from their bodies.

To prevent heat strokes, ensure that the tank is not placed under direct sunlight. Provide deep bedding materials so that the gerbil can burrow and hide from direct sunlight. You can also place some cooled large rocks or ceramic pieces in the tank for your gerbil to lie on when the environment gets too warm.

If you suspect that your gerbil is suffering from a heat stroke, move the tank to a cooler area, and gently wet the gerbil's fur with water. Try to get the gerbil to drink. If the gerbil is too weak or has collapsed, you should bring it to the vet immediately.

Prevention is better than cure. Most of the above conditions can be prevented if you provide proper care and an adequate environment for your pet to live in. If you notice that your gerbil is behaving strangely, and you are unsure if it has fallen ill, do not hesitate to bring it to the vet immediately.

Adapted from VeterinaryPartner and TheGerbilForum

Photos from Gerbils.co.uk, TheGerbils.com, TheGerbilForum and Deviantart

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Pre-Event Highlights: ANF Championship Cat Show


Venue:Pasir Ris East CC
Date:Sunday, 16 June 2013
Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm

It's kitty day this Sunday at Pasir Ris East CC to celebrate Singapore Cat Club's 40th anniversary! Here is a call out to all cat lovers and owners to join us for a day of fun at the ANF Championship Cat Show. There is an admission fee of $2 for the 4 Ring Show but you will be entitled to a cat food goodie bag worth $5! Don't forget to visit our booth to learn about responsible pet ownership through interactive games and activities. Mark the date in your calendar, and see you there!

Click on the poster to read more about the programme. You can also email to scc@singaporecatclub.com should you have any enquiries about the event.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Sorry, But This Cucumber is Mine!

Young children fighting with their siblings over toys may be a common sight, but to see our furry friends fight over food may be your first. Take a break from school or work and watch these three adorable guinea pigs fight with one another to get their hands (mouth) on this delicious and juicy chunk of cucumber. Which guinea pig do you think will finish victorious?

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New Beginnings: Brownie Junior, My Saviour

Doris was devastated after losing her beloved doggie of 12 years until Brownie Junior came along. Read more about their story in today's "New Beginnings" and find out how they healed each others' hearts.

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In early 2012, I lost my beloved doggie of 12 years. While grieving for my loss, I came across a Facebook post on a dog in a shelter looking for a home. Coincidentally, this dog had the same name as my doggie which passed away - Brownie, so I decided to visit him at the shelter.

When I first met Brownie at the shelter, he was extremely skinny and his skin condition was in a terrible state. I was told that he was another case of abandonment where his owner had neglected him and 'discarded' him when he fell ill. He was almost half the normal weight for his breed!

Beanie had demodex, a condition due to compromised immune system.

Even though Brownie's owner chose to give up on him, he on the other hand, has never given up hope on humans. He was still very trusting and friendly to all visitors, and showered my husband and I with big hugs and kisses at every visit. I grew to love this boy more with every visit to the shelter.

He will brighten up whenever there are visitors.

Despite being told that Brownie had demodex which might be an indication of a more serious underlying health issue, my husband and I decided to go ahead with his adoption. No matter what happened, we wanted to tell him that he has a home which he can call his own. Adoption not only gives the dog a second chance in life but also allows the shelter to help another dog in need!

The first news after we brought him home was a bad one. The vet told us that he was not in good condition and his blood test showed a long list of problems with his skin, liver, stomach, protein level, lymph node and more.... I could not believe that a pet dog at such a young age could have so many health problems. Nevertheless, we decided that we would still give him the best possible medical treatment.

I could still remember how he had diarrhoea and vomited almost every hour during the first few months after we brought him home. He was scratching non-stop and his body was covered with scabs. We brought him to at least 6 different vets in order to figure out what was wrong with him and I even researched for remedies. On another occasion, he had to be admitted to hospital due to reaction to some medication. I stayed with him throughout the night, hoping to reassure him that I would always be there for him. After getting through that ordeal, he seemed to grow to love me even more.

Brownie in hospital. =(

He is still undergoing treatment now and has shown great improvement. We need more time to heal his body. But I am sure we have already healed his heart. J These days, he gets to go for daily walks, weekend outings and meet new friends. He has also just started his obedience training. He is pampered and loved.

Falling asleep whenever someone cuddles him.

He loves to go for outings. Look at his gleeful face!

What is better than being a couch potato and watching TV? Hehe.

I believe each dog comes to us for a reason, be it as a company or to bring happiness to the entire family. Friends have told me that I am kind to give Brownie a home, but I think it is Brownie who has helped me to walk out from the pain of my previous loss. Brownie is a true blue part of my family now. I will continue to give my best because I know that he has given us his best - true love.

Happy Brownie!

The story continues....

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Pet Adoption Friday: Fuji and Daiki from House Rabbit Society Singapore

Fuji (left) and Daiki (right)

Gender: Males
Breed: Local
Age: 2.5 years old
Personality: Active & outgoing
Health: Good
Sterilized: Yes
Litter Trained: Yes

Fuji & Daiki are dubbed the Ninja boys as they are active and fun-loving boys who love attention from people and are always ready to play. As they are closely bonded, they have to be adopted together.

If you wish to adopt Fuji and Daiki, send in your email to info@hrss.net.

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Puppet Show @ Geylang East Public Library

Goodie bags* will be given to every child who attends the puppet show. *While stocks last!

Want to see more? Then do come down this Saturday for all the fun!

Day and Date: Saturday, 8 June 2013
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Geylang East Public Library, Level 1 Activity Room

This programme is open for children aged 4 to 12 years old. Registration is required at the library ekiosks or website golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Bounce.aspx

Our Responsible Pet Ownership exhibition is also ongoing at the library until 17th June. Find out more about the exhibition here!

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Pet Care Tips: Is Guinea Pig the Right Pet For You?

You may have wanted a guinea pig for a pet as you never had one before. If you do not have any prior experiences of keeping a guinea pig, it is recommended that you read up more about keeping guinea pigs as pets before you get one. You should also know that guinea pigs are not suitable for everyone. Do take some time to consider the factors below before you make your decision.

A) Getting ready for a guinea pig package

Getting a guinea pig may not be costly, but we have to factor in your pet's start-up costs and ongoing needs which can be expensive. Equipments such as a large cage, bedding material, high-quality pellets, timothy hay, vitamin C supplements, and toys for your guinea pig are essential and do not come cheap. Guinea pigs can fall sick too and regular trips to the vet for common conditions such as mites may not be affordable for some. These amenities and veterinary care can cost you at least a few hundred dollars a year.

You may be able to set aside some time to play with your guinea pig, but there are also times you will not be there for your pet. Guinea pigs are social animals which enjoy the company of another pig. However, always remember to have your guinea pigs sterilised if you intend to put a male and female together.

B) My time is mine, your time is also mine

Guinea pigs need to spend time out of their cage every day. Daily interaction with your pet is essential to keep it occupied and happy. If you are always busy in school or at work, you have to ask yourself whether you are able to set aside some time to play with your pet every day?

Aside from spending time with your pet guinea pig, you also have to devote some time to keep its living environment clean. A guinea pig's cage should be thoroughly cleaned weekly and spot-cleaned every few days. Guinea pigs need to be groomed regularly as well. Shorthaired breeds can do with a brush once a week while longhaired breeds may require daily brushing.

Guinea pigs can live up to ten years, with an average lifespan of five to seven years. Getting a guinea pig for a pet can be considered as a long-term commitment as compared to other pets such as hamsters, gerbils and rats which live for a few years. Before you get one, think carefully about whether you can keep a pet for such a long period, and whether you have the time to maintain it daily.

C) Make sure everybody in the house agrees...

Guinea pigs are easily startled by sudden movements and loud noises, and should be handled gently. It may not be so advisable to have a guinea pig in houses where there are young children. Young children may accidentally drop or squeeze the pet, which can be deadly for guinea pigs as they have small bones.

Do you or any of your family members have allergies to guinea pigs? Some people may be allergic to proteins in the saliva and urine of the animal. Hay and wood shavings can cause allergies as well. These allergies can trigger asthma and cause eye infection or skin rashes. Therefore, if you have a family member who is allergic to guinea pigs, they may not be suitable pets for your family.

If you have other pets, you should consider whether you can give your guinea pig enough attention on top of taking care of your other pets. If you have dogs, cats or other predatory animals as pets, you should not leave your guinea pigs with them without supervision as this can be dangerous for your guinea pig.

As a pet is a lifetime commitment, you should ensure that you have the capability and time to take care of your guinea pig before you get one. If you think that a guinea pig is not the right pet for you, you should consider other pets which suit your lifestyle and family better.

Adapted from HumaneSociety and Petfinder

Photos from Flickr (1), (2) and (3)

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Responsible Pet Ownership Exhibition @ Geylang East Public Library

AVA's Responsible Pet Ownership exhibition has stopped by Geylang East Public Library from 3 June to 17 June 2013 to educate you on caring for your pet. Take time during this June holidays and learn more about the importance of responsible pet ownership through our interactive displays and puppet show!

What: RPO Exhibition
Start day and date: Monday, 3 June 2013
End day and date: Monday, 17 June 2013
Time: 10am to 9pm, daily
Venue: Geylang East Public Library (10 mins walk from Aljunied MRT station)

Puppet Show

Day and date: Saturday, 8 June 2013

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Level 1 Activity Room

More details on the puppet show will be revealed soon, so stay tuned!

Learn about responsible pet ownership in an engaging way by pulling and sliding our displays. We have educational booklets on caring for your pet, so do not hesitate to take some. The exhibits will be here until 17 June, so make your way down now!

Take a look at our last Library Exhibitions in November and July last year!

November 2012 @ Jurong West Public Library

July 2012 @ Bishan Public Library

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Post-Event Highlights: Heart For Animals

What a fun weekend it was! On 18th and 19th May 2013, AVA was at the Heart for Animals event at City Square Mall. The event that was co-organised with Republic Polytechnic saw many pets such as cats, rabbits and small animals put up for adoption. There were also booths by some of the Animal Welfare Groups. Let's cut to the chase and view the photos taken at the event!

Our RP student volunteer explaining the RPO exhibits!

It's time to get those hands moving!

A boy having a go at our jigsaw puzzle game. Where should I put this piece?

I'm hungry! Food please?

Aww.. no more food!

Bunnies for adoption!

I'm dozing off... Play with me!

Hmm... should we adopt this one?

We are a pair! Adopt us together!

Were you there with us on that weekend? If you were, we'd like to see your photos! Tag us on our Facebook page, Facebook group or tweet to us on Twitter. We have more events coming up so stay with us for more updates.

So if you would like us to be part of your event, send us your request form by filling it up right here.

Beat the Monday Blues: I am Puss in Boots!

If you have watched the movie Shrek, you are probably familiar with the cat, Puss in Boots. Well, the charming cat in this video looks and behaves just like him (all he needs is just a hat and a pair of boots to complete the look)! The owner is tempting his cat with a toy, and the cat cutely reacts to it. Watch this adorable video to keep yourself going on a Monday morning!