Saturday, November 12, 2011

731. Animal Welfare Activists

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM,> wrote:

Attention to the Veterinary Head of Toa Payoh Vets,

My name is ... and I am working full time for a church in Singapore.

Our church is currently in the process of getting a new animal shelter set up in Singapore. We are waiting for tenders from AVA or SLA for dog farms in Sungei Tengah. The shelter should be up and going in about 1 or 2 year's time. Our emphasis will specifically be to help stray or abandoned dogs. We are serious about this ministry and is looking forward toward setting it up as soon as possible.

The reason for writing to you is to ask if your clinic would be be interested to participate in the sterilization, vaccination and medical treatment program of our dogs.

We hope that you could partner with us in this good cause.

If so, please let us know how much you will charge us (roughly) for the following services so that we can better estimate our financial planning. We would greatly appreciate if you could give us a subsidized rate that is lower than the market.

Vaccination of a dog (regardless of size & inclusive of medication)
Sterilization of a dog (regardless of size & inclusive of medication)
Consultation fee
Medication discount
Essential Products such as heartguard, frontline
Medicated shampoos

Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

Alternatively, if any of your vets are interested to help on an individual, voluntary or private basis, please also respond to me.

God bless you,

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Kelly Lim wrote:

Dear Dr Sing

Thank you for your prompt reply. We will contact you again when we have the latest update.

God bless you,


I am Dr Sing. As there is inflation and prices go up yearly, it is not possible to quote now and there will be misunderstandings when your shelter is built in 2-4 years' s time. Please let me know when the tender has been successful.


On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM,> wrote:

Dear Dr Sing

I am .., who have previously communicated with you over a few emails regarding our church's planned shelter for stray dogs. We have confirmed with AVA about the timing of the tender. It will probably be open only in 2013.

However, in the meanwhile, we can't just sit and wait for the land to come and ignore the terrible plight of the stray dogs. For the past 2 years, a few of us have already been feeding about 70 strays here and there, as well as actively putting up adoption for the puppies. We have our puppies screened for parvo virus, vaccinated & dewormed before giving them away for adoption. For the grown dogs, we have also got a few happily adopted. So far they are all success stories. We also sterilize the females. Many of them are sterilized except for about 10 more because they are very smart. Yet 10 females can reproduce beyond what we can cope. Still trying our best to patiently gain their trust.

Occasionally tragedies still happen. This year, we lost 2 batches of 8-9 puppies (could not catch them in time when they were about 5 weeks old and started running around in the open) that were in one night swept by the China and Thai workers for their "makan". These workers usually congregate over weekends and that is when they will notice the puppies and gang up to catch all of them.

Recently 1 black mongrel puppy was kicked to death at 3 month old and the other one blinded by the impact but a miracle happened and his eyesight is restored. Now he is in a foster home. They were the only ones left un-adopted because they were black in color.
So far I have visited ... and .... They do have 10% discount for strays but the bills still come up to an exorbitant amount for so many dogs.

Would you be able to propose a medical service package for us during these 2 years of transition before our shelter is formally up?

Looking forward to your reply.

God bless you,

I am sorry I can't help you as my clinic is very small with 1 full-time vet, unlike ... and ... and other clinics who have many vets. In any case, I advise you to contact the newer clinics (there are over 40 clinics) in Singapore and these may be able to help you. You just need to do so personally. E-mails save time but not so good if you want to be an activist.

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