Animals have been our friends and trusty helpers for thousands of years. They've shared our burdens, brought us joy, and showed us the true meaning of friendship. If you've been fortunate enough to experience a positive relationship with an animal, you'll know that the bond between people and companion animals is one to be cherished.
Domesticated animals have become our loving companions, offering us the rarest of commodities - unconditional love. Unlike people, pets don't care what we look like, how much money we make, what mistakes we've committed, or what grades we earn. It doesn't matter if we've had a bad day at work or school. Our pets greet us affectionately and hang on our every word once we walk through the door. It is definitely comforting to have a furry companion in the family, but are you ready for the responsibility that comes with keeping a pet?
Our pets often require a significant amount of time, money and energy. Like us, they need care, love and effort. Depending on the species, many of them can live for many years.
Pets that come through our doors at the SPCA are abandoned by their previous families with reasons such as, "We're moving", "I have no time", "Too many animals in the household" and "Baby is on the way".
Before you decide to keep a pet, think about why you want one, and research information on the animal's life span and requirements for shelter, food, exercise, training, grooming and veterinary care. Most importantly, speculate the changes that might take place in your family's life over the course of the animal's life. Could you be moving? What if a new baby is born? What if a relative comes to stay? Think of the events that have a big impact on your family and imagine how these events may be affected once you have a pet. Be sure that you have the time, money, and desire to properly care for the pet every day for his or her entire life. A lack of planning often results in people giving up pets that they thought they could handle.
Lifespan of popular pets
The following is a guide to the expected lifespan of popular pets:
Dogs and cats – up to 18 years
Rabbits – up to 12 years
Hamsters – 2 to 3 years
Gerbils – 2 to 4 years
Mice – 2 years
Guinea Pigs – 5 to 7 years
Red-Eared Sliders (commonly known as Terrapins) – up to 50 years
Note: We do not encourage the keeping of the Red-Eared Slider as pets due to the long term commitment needed. Many of these animals end up neglected, kept in plastic containers for most of their lives without any concern for their welfare. Others are illegally released into the environment and damages our ecosystem as Red-Eared Sliders are not native to Singapore.
If you're truly ready for a pet, please consider adopting and saving lives! Visit our adoption gallery for regular updates on the animals waiting for good homes.