Pet Adoption Friday: Heng from Three Legs Good

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Name: Heng
Sex: Male
Age: Estimated 2.5 years old
Breed: Mongrel
Sterilised: Yes
Vaccinated: Not yet but very soon!
HDB-approved: No
Good with other dogs: Yes

Heng is a healthy, mild-mannered and gentle dog (with more than a passing resemblance to Scooby Doo!). He was found in a rural area of Singapore with a badly mangled leg which had to be amputated. It has since fully recovered and being three-legged does not impair him at all. Due to his past trauma, he is very cautious around new people and surroundings. But once he is familiar and learns to trust you, he is happy to show his playful and goofy side! Heng enjoys being by itself and is content to chill out in a quiet corner. He would do best in a quiet household with experienced owners who can bond and draw him out of its shell. Will you be the one to give Heng a forever home?

Watch this talented fido in 'More Treats Please'!

If you wish to know more about Heng, please contact Three Legs Good at human@threelegsgood.org or send in your SMS to 8670 8857.

Adopters will be asked to fill out an adoption application and there is a $250 adoption fee which helps to defray the cost of medical care, sterilisation and basic welfare.

Pet Care Tips: Guppies

Some say guppies are one of the easiest pets to have for beginners. However, responsible pet ownership is not possible without prior education, accessibility of one's needs and capabilities to care for another living thing and staying committed to the entire duration of the pet's lifespan. After all, a guppy is still a living animal and requires the same care and attention that a cat or hamster might need.

This short, easy-to-follow and very informative video is going to come in really useful if you're thinking of keeping a few finned animals in your home.

Disclaimer: Since our sunny island has very kindly provided the necessary heat, guppy fish owners like us can skip the need to own a heated tank. ; )

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Beat the Monday Blues: Life-saving dogs!

Today, we want to show you a video that will truly warm your heart. This is a short news report about how the lives of two children were saved by loyal, canine friends.

Pets truly are great companions. The courage and affection that the dogs have displayed toward the children were definitely remarkable. So shower your pet with lots of love and affection to let it know how much you treasure it in your life.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Cody and Baxter from Save Our Street Dogs

Cody

Name: Cody
Age: 4 months old
Sex: Male
Paper-trained: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes
HDB-approved: No

Cody started off as a rather timid and shy pup. After a month in foster care, he blossomed into a handsome, confident young chap who is very generous with kisses! Whenever he feels uncertain about something, he sits down and observes the object before moving on. He loves stuffed toys and will cleverly place them altogether in his 'den' or bed.

As much as he loves food, he does not jump or pounce at people when he sees food. Instead, he would sit obediently and charms with his beautiful puppy eyes. Oh, and he loves to drink lots of water too. At the moment, he is familiar with simple commands such as "sit", "down", "HI-5", "wait/stay", and "fetch". Will you make him part of your family?

Baxter

Name: Baxter
Age: 5 years old
Sex: Male
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with people: Yes
Grass-trained: Yes
HDB-approved: No

One of the calmest dogs at Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)' shelter, Baxter has become the doggy representative for outreach and education programmes. Despite his friendly personality, it is quite surprising as to why he has not found his forever home. The shelter volunteers have taught him how to "sit", "paw" and "Hi-5"! Also, Baxter has no problems walking on leash. It is easy for anyone to fall in love with him because of his obedient nature.

Cody and Baxter can be adopted separately. If you are interested to give these fellas their forever home, please send an email to rehoming@sosd.org.sg.

Pet Care Tips: Why do birds sing? Also, find out which are the 4 popular singing birds in Singapore

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The eager old man once again carries his intricately-designed bird cage to the bird-singing corner downstairs early in the morning, carefully hangs it up on the hook, draws up the string and then sits back and enjoy listening to the songs that the bird belts out while catching up with other like-minded enthusiasts.

Even us, the 'ordinary' folks who are pretty indifferent towards birds, would be drawn in by the melodious calls of the birds whenever we are in the parks. There is just something so magical about birds and the songs they sing.

Why do birds sing?
Birds have very complex vocalizations and singing is only one type of sound birds make. As a song is generally more musical than other calls and often incorporates a range of pitches and rhythms into one sequence, this makes it the most recognizable. Lasting between 2 and 10 seconds, a song is created when repeated in long sequences.

Birds use songs for a variety of purposes depending on the season and each individual bird's needs. The most common reasons for birds to sing include:

- Claim and/or defend territory
- Attract a mate
- Challenge another male in a courtship duet
- General communication
- Simply enjoying making music!

Here's a little information about Singapore's four favourite singing birds:

1. Oriental White-eye (Mata Puteh)

Prominent white eye rings, yellow forehead, throat and breast, white underparts with yellow ventral stripe, green upperparts. It is classified as an introduced species because the wild population has died out totally and those seen nowadays are birds released either deliberately or accidentally. Though mainly insectivorous, the Oriental White-eye will also eat nectar and fruits of various kinds.

2. Red-whiskered Bulbul

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is believed to be an introduced species in Singapore, the result of escaped caged birds establishing a breeding population. It is typically found in gardens and parks and at the edge of secondary forests. Interestingly, a large resident population has formed on the grounds of the Istana, where it is noted to be one of the most common bird species seen. It feeds on fruits such as berries and figs as well as insects. It usually picks off insects on trees and branches but sometimes descends to the ground to do so. It is also known to eat flower buds and seedlings.

It was featured on the S$5 notes of the "Bird Series" currency notes released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore between 1976 and 1984. It also appeared on the 10-cent stamps in the 1978 postage stamp series featuring singing birds.

3. White-rumped Shama

Despite its distinctive and attractive appearance, the call of the White-rumped Shama is its most valuable asset, as it is not only loud and melodious but also rich in notes and tonal quality. It is also known to imitate the songs of other birds. The males are the more consistent singers. It feeds on insects such as ants, grasshoppers and caterpillars and other small creatures, which it picks up on the ground or among bushes.

It was featured on the S$50 notes of the "Bird Series" currency notes released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore between 1976 and 1984. It has also been depicted twice in the postage stamps of Singapore, in 1962 and 1978, both times on the 50-cent stamp.

4. Zebra Dove (Merbok)

A common bird here, large numbers of Zebra Doves have been imported into Singapore as cage birds. This species is highly sedentary by nature and is generally not known to be migratory. They feed on the ground and are often seen in residential gardens and along the verges by roads and rural pathways, eating small grass and weed seeds found in the short grass.

The call of a Zebra Dove is soft, slightly metallic-sounding kok-kurr-kurr, higher in scale than that of the Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis), and repeated several times. Its call is much appreciated by those who keep these birds as pets, with competitions often being held to find the best singer.

Resources: About.com, Singapore Birds, NLB E-Resources, Beauty of Birds, Singapore Birds

Image: The Lion Raw

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Beat the Monday Blues: Runaway kitty!

In today's Beat the Monday Blues, watch how an intelligent cat sets itself free when no one is watching. (Just be sure your cat's not watching this with you!)

Like most animals, cats are also curious and love to explore. Be sure to cat-proof your gates and window grilles with wire mesh. Keep your cat entertained with toys so that it is not bored and prefers to go out than staying in.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Boy and Matt from SPCA

Boy

Name: Boy
Sex: Male
Age: 4 years old
Breed: Cross Breed
Colour: Black
HDB-Approved: No

As a young pooch, Boy gets excited quite easily and is full of life! His gleaming black coat and big ears make him look like Anubis, the Egyptian dog god. Not that this goes to his head of course as Boy is eager to please and will make an active and fun pet. He is ever so good if you go in to meet him and will sit nicely for you and behave impeccably. A bit of training will turn this clever boy into an extra charming and handsome pooch.

Matt

Name: Matt
Sex: Male
Age: 1 year 6 months old
Breed: Local
Colour: Tabby

Matt is a lovely tabby male who loves to bask in the sun. This little dreamer is charming, affable and loves belly rubs. He may not be a baby anymore but he is ready for a new home and a new family. Gentle and clever, he will make a lovely lifetime companion.

If you wish to adopt Boy or Matt, visit them at SPCA's shelter during their opening hours:

Viewing Hours:

- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- Sunday and Public Holidays (PH) - 11.00am to 3.30pm
- Thursday - Closed (unless it is a Public Holiday)
- On the eve of Chinese New Year, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the shelter, administration office and clinic will close at 12.30pm. The reception will remain open
- As the process of adoption takes at least half an hour, SPCA is unable to process any adoption within 30 minutes to the stated closing time for that day.

Interested parties can also call 6287 5355 ext. 24 (during opening hours) to check if the animals featured are available for adoption (this is because the animals featured may have been adopted by the time the post is published).

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[Event info] Jalan Besar Pets Carnival

JBCO poster-page-001Date: 17 May 2014
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Venue: City Square Mall, Basement 1, Fountain Square

Make yourself free as there's going to be lots of things happening at the event this Saturday! Besides talks on how to train your cats and dogs, there will also be stage contests, pet photography and booths for you to get lovely accessories for your fur buddies.

Catch our 4 RPO videos at this event if you haven't already and receive a little token from us for being a good audience.

This event is organised by People's Association. For more information, please visit "Jalan Besar" Facebook page to find out more.

See you there!

Pet Care Tips: How to determine the gender of your Red-eared Slider

If you are a Red-eared Slider (RES) owner, you might be curious about the gender of your hard-shelled pet. It's not as easy to tell as a dog, right? Well, not exactly! Have a look at this two-minute YouTube video and you'll most likely know if Tortie is a prince or a princess. : )

Here's a quick summary of the video:

ChartA Red-eared Slider has a life span of more than 30 years and as a responsible owner you will need to take care of it for many many years. So, it's definitely a pet you want to think twice before getting if you don't own one yet. If you already are, remember to stay committed and provide your RES with the necessary care.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Sid - the self-entertained Jack Russell

Who says you cannot play 'fetch' on your own? Meet Sid, the adorable and playful Jack Russell Terrier who's found a lot of joy entertaining himself! Sit back and enjoy today's serving of Beat the Monday Blues!

There are many wonderful playtime ideas that you can try with your dog but as a gentle reminder, you will need to put your pooch on a leash at all times whenever you bring him out with you. Click here for more great ideas!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Are you the one for Benji?

Orphaned and found when he was only two months old, Benji has since blossomed from a timid baby into a confident boy!

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Name: Benji
Gender: Male
Breed: Local-crossed
Age: 1 year and 7 months old
HDB Approved: Not HDB-approved
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilized: Yes
Toilet-trained: Yes
Good with cats: Yes

Benji first captured our hearts when we featured him in our Pet Adoption Friday blogpost last year. Another year has gone by and he is still keeping his hopes up for a nice and loving family who will welcome him into their home. Young, healthy and jovial, this Singapore Special will make a fantastic lifetime companion!

If you're looking for a dog, do not pass by this precious one!

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

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[Event Info] Cats & Cake - Adoption Drive and Bake Sale

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Join Cat Welfare Society for an a-meow-zing afternoon at Cats & Cake!

When: Sunday, 11 May 2014
Where: The Papa Shop, 2 Kallang Avenue, CT Hub, #01 - K2
Time: 2pm to 7pm

There are more than 20 lovable kitties looking for new homes. Drop by and who knows, you might just find the one you have been looking for!

For more details, visit Cat Welfare Society's Facebook page.

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Pet Care Tips: 7 common health problems in chinchillas

Image 1The adorable chinchilla is active and has luscious fluff. Well-loved and looked after, the pudgy-looking rodent can live for more than 10 years and is definitely a pet you want to seriously consider before going out to get a pet.

Since we're on the topic of health, let's look at 7 common health problems a chinchilla is likely to encounter:

1. Intestinal Infection
One of the most common health problems is an infection of the digestive tract. Poor upkeeping of the cage's cleanliness usually predisposes them to this condition. The chinchilla often exhibits diarrhoea, but not consistently. Other signs of illness include loss of appetite, partial paralysis, and a painful abdomen. Please seek veterinary treatment immediately at the first sign of illness. This disease is often fatal due to the severity of the illness.

2. Respiratory Infection
Damp, draughty housing or those without adequate ventilation often predisposes the pet to this condition. Clinical signs include discharge from the eyes and nose, loss of appetite, and rough hair coat. Death may result from respiratory diseases.

ringworm3. Ringworm
Ringworm is actually a fungal infection that can be transferred to other animals and humans. It causes hair loss and scabby red patches on your chinchilla's nose, feet, and around the eyes. It's not deadly but extremely itchy for your chinchilla (and yourself!).

malocclusion4. Malocclusion
If you notice that your chinchilla drools onto the fur under the chin and shows signs of a lack of appetite, sores in the mouth, and loss of fur under the chin, he may be suffering from malocclusion. Temporary treatment involves clipping of the affected teeth and proper mineral supplementation. Providing wood or mineral blocks for the chinchilla to chew may also help file those teeth down.

furslip5. Fur Slip
Chinchillas often lose patches of fur when roughly handled. Another common cause is fighting among the chinchillas. This condition though, does not injure the pet. Learn how to handle your chinchilla in our previous Pet Care Tips article.

furchewing6. Fur Chewing
Some of the underlying causes for this behaviour of chewing fur (own or another chinchilla's) include boredom, dirty fur, dietary imbalances and hereditary factors. Providing the animals with chew toys and spending more time with your chinchilla help decrease such incidences.

7. Heat Stroke
Chinchillas should be provided with a cool and well-ventilated environment, or they may get heat stroke. Affected animals will be lying on their sides and panting. They also feel hot to the touch because of elevated body temperature. Animals that are kept in an unsuitable environment will exhibit unkempt, damp fur. Please seek veterinary assistance immediately if your chinchilla suffers a heat stroke.

final imageRemember, a chinchilla is a pet that requires quite a bit of special care, e.g. special diet and sand baths. Air-conditioning would be ideal but minimally a cool, well-ventilated environment. If you have a chinchilla and your pet displays any of the symptoms above, it's best to call your vet for an appointment.

Resource: Veterinary Partner

Images: Chinchilla Facts, Sunset Chinchillas, NAC Chinchillas, Forever Fiesty Chinchilla, Rivendell Chinchillas

Beat the Monday Blues: 8 Common Myths about Rabbits!

Rumour has it that rabbits do not require veterinary care. This is definitely a myth because all pets require veterinary care when they fall ill and also for their routine check-ups. This, along with seven other myths will be unravelled in today's edition of Beat the Monday Blues!

A rabbit is a great joy to keep as a pet. Like all pets, they require a lot of care and attention. If you have been considering getting a rabbit as a pet, you may wish to adopt one from House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS) or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

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Pet Adoption Friday: Bagel and Shabu Shabu from Humane Society (Singapore)

Bagel

Name: Bagel
Sex:
Female
Breed: Beagle
Age: 2 years old
Size (Full Grown): Medium
HDB-approved: No
Good with other dogs: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilized: Not yet

My outgoing personality allows me to go well with everything and anything - just like a piece of bagel!

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Name: Shabu Shabu
Sex:
Male
Breed: Shiba Inu
Age: 1 year old
Size (Full Grown): Medium
HDB-approved: No
Good with other dogs:
Yes
Health: Slight skin irritation
Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilized: Not yet

When it comes to walks, I am always the first in line. I hail from Taiwan and am as jovial as I look. Are you ready to welcome me home?

Bagel and Shabu Shabu can be adopted separately. If you wish to find out more about them, please email Ms Judie Chang at judie.chang@humanesocietysingapore.org or call the Humane Society (Singapore) hotline at 6583 7371/ 6583 7372.

More information is available at Humane Society (Singapore)'s Official Facebook page.

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