Nov 13, 2013
The lady in her 30s transported one 9-year-old Husky and the owner to me. The Husky had 3 small circum-anal tumours and had been licking his tail underside till it stained dark brown with saliva. "It is good you come early as the 3 tumours are easier to excise," I said to the owner (a lady in her 50s). "Most owners come when the tumours are massive and difficult to operate. Have you seen such cases in the Toa Payoh Vets website, dogs - male dog problems?"
"It is my daughter who asks to bring the dog here," she laughed. I scheduled surgery on this Friday. "
As for the transport lady, she was not full-time but was subcontracted. "Now I am all alone looking after 48 dogs. There were over 70 in the kennel in Pasir Ris."
"Are you from Madam Wong's kennels?" I asked.
"No, I rented the kennel space to save the street dogs. I have to earn some money to pay for the feeding of these dogs."
She gets less expensive dog food from suppliers, food about to expire. As she had lost her job, I don't know how she can continue feeding the 48 dogs. As for big pet shops, she had to acknowledge their contribution by putting their names in her webpage. "I don't have a webpage," she said.
"How about facebook?" I asked.
"No," she said. "Singaporeans wanting to abandon their dogs will dump them with me. I can't have the webpage."
Nowadays, many organised animal shelters in Singapore have terminated their hotline as the volunteers get abused in not accepting dogs that owners want to give up.