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Here are some of the many successful adoptions we have had at the SPCA.

If you have adopted from us before and have a story to share with us, please email us at education@spca.org.sg, along with a short write-up of your life with the new member of the family and photos to go with the story.

** One of our adopted pet cats Gandalf has played an important role in the life of Gina Ho and family. We thank her for sharing how Gandalf has helped her husband Edgar Lu cope better in his illness. It is another testament to the fact that pets are a wonderful comfort and good stress relievers. You may wish to read Mr Lu's blog here.

 

Zesty Zorro

We adopted Zorro (formerly known as Zero) from SPCA in November 2009. At that time, he was only two years old. Since nobody knows his actual date of birth, we decided to use his adoption date, 25 November, as his birthday.

Once we adopted Zorro, the first few weeks were the hardest, he was not house trained but with a lot of time and patience, we managed to toilet-train him. It took us three months to train him to settle his business in the toilet or outside in the grass. He then became very confident and  obedient as well. He's not picky at all and eats everything that we give him, he loves food. Zorro never refuses a pat or a kiss and will ask us to play with him for hours. He has learned many tricks and he can even do them without treats. 

Time has flown by and Zorro has become part of our family and always will be, he will be there whenever we celebrate any occasion. Zorro is now nine years old and is still so active, mischievous and  loving. We love him very much and are truly blessed to have him in our life!

Chan Family 

   
 
   

Stray Cray

On the night of 8th October, my mum and I rescued a stray crayfish walking along the road a few doors down from our house. Yup, you read that right - there was a crayfish walking on the tarmac. It was making its way towards the centre of the road, about to be run over by several cars that were heading in its direction. My brother was the one who alerted us to it by telling my mum: "... there's a prawn walking along the road...", but he then promptly left us to deal with it!

We trotted down the road, I took one look at it, and said to my mum: "That's not a prawn - it's a crayfish. And, um, I don't dare to touch it."

I didn't know a thing about crayfish, and I was afraid of all its legs, so I just held up traffic while my mum nudged it towards the side of the road with her foot, then ran back to the house to grab a shoebox and a gardening scoop she uses to water plants. She scooped the crayfish into the shoebox and transferred it to a pail with a bit of water. While I was at work the next day, my mum went around asking our neighbours if anyone had lost a crayfish (either a pet one or a barbecue ingredient), but no one who was in owned up to losing a crustacean.

So it became my baby - despite my fear of its many, many appendages, I did some desperate Googling about crayfish care, transferred it to a large plastic basin (using thick rubber gloves, and trying not to scream while picking it up), gave it mugs to hide in, and bought shrimp pellets for it, and also tried to tempt it with brinjal, peas, raw fish and seaweed. It only seemed to toy with the food and to barely eat, so I was afraid it would starve to death. But I kept putting the food in and hoping it would nibble on something or other, and it seemed fine. Ten days after we found it, my best friend agreed to adopt it. It's now in a tank with plants and rocks and gravel in her home, and it looks more contented. We still have no idea if it's eating, and we don't have a clue where it came from, but we hope it will survive and be happy. If it doesn't, then at the very least, we're giving it a more peaceful and dignified place to die (especially if it was originally meant to be part of someone's hotpot meal).

Yes, I was quite scared of it (it reminded me of a gigantic insect), but I wanted to do whatever I could for it. Now, I actually miss checking on it to make sure it wasn't being attacked by cats or rats, and watching the way it would swiftly reverse-park itself in one mug or another whenever it was startled. Kept me up worrying about it for ten nights, that little critter. And now I don't think I can eat crayfish again for a long, long time...

But anyway, that's the story of one stray cray rehomed!

Adele

Note: Although this is not a story about an animal that has been rehomed by the SPCA, we thought it was a great one to share by one determined supporter of the animal welfare cause. Thank you Adele!

   
 
   

Playful Polly

In December 2014, we adopted Polly, a shy and quiet young puppy to our family. She started out relying on our older dogs to show her the ropes and I don't think Sandie was all too impressed with a needy puppy. Now, she has grown in an athletic and intelligent young dog.

She enjoys running around with other dogs as well as cuddling up on the couch. She is a loving young girl and I hope she lives a long life, so she can accompany me on my adventures of the world. My favourite moments were when she would crawl into my lap when she was small, but she's a bit too big for that now!

Sara 

   
 
   

Jumping Jojo

I was interested in adopting a dog from the SPCA while I also volunteered as a dog walker. Jojo was brought out to the adoption area whilst we were filling out the adoption form to be on the waiting list for another dog but fate was with us, and hence, we got to adopt her instead. She has been with us for a year now. We decided to use her adoption date, 13 July as her birthday. 

Although stubborn at times, she is a very sweet and loving dog. My life revolves around her and I always look forward to going home, because she will be there at the door waiting for me. She is the best dog that anyone could ever have. She is not picky at all, and eats anything that you give her. She loves food.

She is also a very thoughtful dog. Whenever I practise the piano in my room, which could go on for many hours every day, she would wait very patiently in the living room. She would look out for pauses and walk in with a big smile to see if I am done. If she sees that I still want to continue practising, she would walk out quietly and continue waiting.

Though she is not the fastest learner, I managed to train her to walk with me most of the time. She can now also listen to commands, like 'sit', 'down', paw paw', 'high-five', 'heel', 'roll over', 'carry', 'wait', 'stay', 'let's go', 'walk', 'ok', 'stop', 'no', 'bath', and 'touch'. Teaching her all these tricks has been very fun indeed!

I am truly blessed to have her in my life!

Li Lin

   
 
   

Motherly Mrs. Chang

We adopted Mrs. Chang from SPCA in 2012. My husband and I were living in Singapore for a few years by then. We adopted Mrs. Chang, a tiny cat with scars in her head and open wounds due to animal abuse so she was quite a hostile little cat who was not friendly at first. 

When I became pregnant a few months later, I was afraid she would hurt my newborn baby. To our surprise though, she turned into a motherly feline figure for my daughter. Now they play and fight all day. They sleep together and Mrs. Chang is always following Maia around. She even stands in front of Maia when she is about to do something dangerous.

We relocated to Chile recently and brought Mrs. Chang in our 27 hour flight. It was a long and hard flight for all of us but we made it. Mrs. Chang seems to love the dry weather, the new apartment and all its visitors.   

Mrs. Chang is quite the attraction, being a Singa-purr-ean street cat in Latin America.  She is definitely the star of the house and a world traveller, having travelled in three continents.

MAcarena

 

   
 
   


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