Not Ready for a Permanent Pet? Try Fostering.

Do you love pets, but don’t want to keep them on a permanent basis? Do you love pets, but aren’t sure of how well you can take care of them? Do your children want a pet, but you want them to learn how to take care of one before they can get a permanent pet?

Good – you can foster a pet. Fostering a pet is providing temporarily for an animal – could be a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rabbit – and taking care of their needs and showing them love and attention. As a foster pet parent, you take care of the pet as though it were yours for life, looking after it physically, mentally and emotionally, and feeding it properly.

Fostering pets is a common enough practice due to the number of strays that are rescued off the streets on a daily basis by pet protection agencies, such as Action for Singapore Dogs or Cat Welfare Society. Most of the animals are not pedigrees or purebreds, but they are all capable of vast amounts of love and charm, and they give you as much love as you can show them, maybe even more.

What Do You Need To Prep For Being A Foster Pet Parent?

There are certain requirements that you need to meet to be a foster pet parent, depending on the organization or shelter that you go to.

  1. Everyone in your house must be in agreement about fostering a pet. They should also be aware of what it takes to keep a pet.
  2. You must agree to regular visits from the volunteers of the shelter or organization you are fostering a pet from. They need to make sure that your household is good enough for the pets to move into.
  3.  The animal shelter volunteers will also interview you so as to have a better idea of your lifestyle, and this will help them determine what kind of pet would be most suitable for you.
  4. It would be preferable if you had friendly neighbours, neighbours who are well disposed towards animals. Neighbours who hate pets will do anything to get rid of them, including lie about your pet parenting skills and the state of your household.
  5. Prior experience with pets is not really required but is important. Most animals to be fostered are street animals, including old dogs and puppies, and all of them need special care and attention.
  6. Ensure that the pets you already have can get along with new pets. Also, make sure that their vaccinations are up to date.
  7. You will need to be able to supervise your children and little ones every time they are with a pet. Pets are generally well mannered and well behaved, but one can never tell what would happen to change their demeanour, or what the children might do to aggravate them. Make sure an adult or an older child is watching them as they interact with the pets.
  8. Accept the minimum fostering period of two months. Animal shelters would greatly appreciate if you can foster the pets till they get adopted.

 

Where Can I Go To Foster Pets In Singapore?

Singapore has several organizations and animal shelters dedicated to taking care of all kinds of pets, and ensuring that they are healthy and end up in good homes where they are well taken care of. These places include:

  • SOSD – Save Our Street Dogs
  • ASD – Action for Singapore Dogs
  • OSCAS – Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter
  • SPCA – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • VFA – Voices for Animals
  • The Cat Welfare Society
  • Animal Lovers League
  • The House Rabbit Society of Singapore

Why Should You Foster a Pet?

Fostering a pet is a good way to test yourself, to find out if you are ready and prepared to get a permanent furry companion. Fostering pets is also a great thing to do for expats, who have moved to Singapore and wants to have a companion while living alone.

Fostering a pet allows you to provide temporary shelter for other pets, especially when you have other pets with you in your household, but you feel you could take care of more. Fostering pets is also a good idea if you don’t have the finances to take on a pet full time, but you love pets and have the time to spend with them.

What Are The Benefits Of Being A Foster Pet Parent?

Fostering a pet gives you the opportunity to teach your children about responsibility and how to take care of charges in their care. It also lets you get to know pets much better before adopting one.

Fostering pets is a good way of educating people on pet care and disseminating general information on how to treat pets. Also, the knowledge that you are making a difference in the world by helping to take of pets is one of the greatest benefits of all, and your pets will love you for it.

Why Is Fostering Important In Singapore?

Singapore is a small country without a lot of space, and this makes it necessary to keep strays off the streets, both for their sakes as well as for the sake of humans.

Furthermore, some animal shelters do not have specific buildings in which to house these pets, and they depend on foster pet parents to provide foster homes for the animals.

Most of these animal shelters also have limited space, because the number of animals brought in usually exceeds the amount of space they have to keep them, and this also necessitates foster parenting for the animals.

Most animal shelters lack volunteers to help in treating, feeding, and cleaning these animals and their habitats for an extended period of time. The lack of volunteers means that the pets won’t be getting as much care and love as they need, and foster homes will be adequate for the pets to get all of this.

 

If you want a pet, try adopting one from the local shelters. Unsure of the 10 to 20 years of commitment? Give your love and care for the less fortunate cats and dogs until they like yourself, have a permanent loving home.

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Cat in apartment

Cats in Heartland Singapore: Pros and Cons

“Cats are not allowed in flats. They are difficult to contain within the apartment. When allowed to roam indiscriminately, they tend to shed fur and defecate or urinate in public areas, and also make caterwauling sounds, which can inconvenience your neighbours.” This is a significant controversy on cats in HDB.

The big question has always been, “if dogs are allowed, why not the cats?” but this is not new because over the centuries there has always been a debate between which pet between the cat and the dog should be domesticated.

Pet lovers in Singapore are advocating that the old and obsolete ruling to ban cats across all HDBs in Singapore should be removed and instead of a coverage ban, irresponsible pet owners should be dealt harshly on a case by case basis.

Allowed Pets In HDB Flats

Occupants of HDB flats are allowed to have only one pet in the flats – a dog- man’s best friend. That is not all, the dog should be of a toy breed (should weigh 10 Kg or less and stands at 40 cm at the shoulders) or its cross breed.

HDB residents who want to keep a pet dog must ensure that the dog breed is approved by the HDB to be kept in the flats because there are specific breeds that are allowed to be owned in the HDB flats.

Prohibited Pets

Pet lovers and especially cat lovers in Singapore were taken aback by this announcement because of the blanket ban. The reasons given by the HDB are not resounding well with our local cat lovers; cats shedding their fur, defecating and urinating in public areas does not hold on its own because even the dogs are prone to do the same things as well.

The truth is, dogs just like cats do shed their fur. However, unlike dogs, cats after defecating and urinating, have a tendency of covering up their excrements which help to mask the scent of the urine or stool. Dogs will leave their excrements open to the public. Despite all this, the dogs are allowed in the flats where the dog owners are encouraged to clean up the mess that dogs make. Why can’t cat owners be given a similar opportunity?

As long as I can take good care of my cat and that it will not cause any inconvenience to my neighbours, why can’t I be allowed to own one in the HDB flats? As long as I ensure that the cat is safe, does not roam about aimlessly and it does not make unnecessary noise in the neighbourhood, is that not enough to keep the HDB environment safe for my neighbour who does not have a cat? After all, is that not dog owners in the flats are supposed to do?

Pros

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against dogs. In fact, I am a proud owner of a dog and 3 cats. As an animal lover, I am of the idea that the ban of cats in the HDB flats should be reviewed and lifted because as compared to their dog counterparts, cats are cleaner, they can be sterilised, registered and be easily kept indoors.

Cats are clean animals, and they require little grooming assistance. The cats’ cleanness can be attributed to the fact that it spends a third of its awake time grooming itself. Furthermore, when you groom your cat, it is a perfect opportunity to bond more with your cat since it is a relaxing experience for you and your cat.

Many Advantages Of Owning A Cat

First of all, they are lovely. They do the most adorable things when you list expect them. Did you know just by taking a few minutes each day to sit with your cat and petting it can help to reduce your stress and give you a feeling of contentment?

That is not all; cats bonds with the owner to the extent that when you return home every day, it will run to the door to welcome you. Yes, just like a dog! Cats are also very social around humans, and they are known to be intelligent and they are good at taking commands.

That is not all; cats are easy to care for if you know how. If you are afraid of it defecating in your house, simply get a litter box and train it to use it to excrete. Hence it is very rare for you to step on the cat’s excrement.

Just like the indoor dogs, cats are even much better to keep indoors than dogs. You only need to put a wire mesh on your windows, and your cat’s movement is restrained for its own safety and providing peace to your neighbours as well. Cats are happier when they are kept indoors as long they are well fed and cared for. Remember, cats have a poor sense of vertigo. So keeping your window meshed might just save your cats from plunging 13 floors down!

Cons

Cats are also very playful whether during the day or night hence they can disturb you at any time when they want to play. However, you can train your cat that not every time is play time. The key to it is to set a strict routine. Cats love routine and since cats are intelligent, once you train it a few weeks, it will get used to the routine, and it will never disturb you again when you are not ready.

If you are worried on your cat’s shed fur, you can overcome this problem by grooming your cat regularly. In addition to that, you can have your house vacuumed daily to ensure your house is clean and dander free.

 

Cats are independent animals that require little attention as compared to their dog counterpart. If you want a pet that needs little effort to take care of, then the cat is the best. However, even if dogs are allowed in the HDB flats, they need a lot of attention which cats don’t. Dogs require regular exercise; they need a walk 3 -4 times a day. Cats, on the other hand, don’t need any exercise.

If we are allowed to keep cats in our HDB, we can adopt and give the animal a new loving home, keeping our strays off the streets and introduce a balanced, well-being pet loving heartland.

 

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Top Five Dog Senses and How They Help

Top Five Dog Senses and How They Help

How would life be if you couldn’t see, touch, hear or smell? It’s our senses that adds meaning to our life and make it worth living.

For your four legged pal, senses helps them experience the world in a better manner – in fact, they have a far smarter set of senses when compared to humans. Also, their senses come handy to us as we can utilize them for our benefit, and for the general the betterment of the society.

 

Let us have a look at the major five senses in dogs and their importance:

 

  1. Smell

The power of scent or the sense of smell is most heightened in a dog enabling it to trace and identify smells even yards away. Dogs can detect pheromones, found in our urine, stool, and skin with their noses. While a human has around 5 million scent glands, canines has as many as 125 million to 300 million, according to the type of breed it is.

A mucus-like liquid present on the nostrils of a dog helps it in trapping scent particles. A dog identifies a person with his smell – this is because they are made to rely on their sense of smell at a tender age to find their mothers and nurse, so their first association with survival is the scent. We are already aware of several incidents where this sense has helped in sniffing out bombs, finding people, etc.

 

  1. Sight

A dog’s low-light vision is much better than ours, and they can see better at dusk and dawn. They are also able to see better even those things that are in motion. Studies have shown that they can see different shades of blue and yellow as well.

They don’t have every gift of sight though – they cannot see nearer things as clearly as we can and often see blurred images if kept too near.

 

  1. Hearing

More than Humans, dogs have the ability to hear higher pitched sounds and a wider range of frequencies. Dogs have more than 18 muscles in their ears, while we have to do with only six. As a result, they are capable of perceiving, picking and distinguishing sounds in a far better way than we do.

Breeds as German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Australian Terriers have naturally perked ears enabling them to hear better than dogs with floppy ears and are used as hunting dogs as well for expedition purposes.

 

  1. Taste

A dog’s sense of taste is the least developed dog sense. Dogs can recognize the tastes like sweet, salty, sour and bitter. However, they do not care much about the taste but rather about the smell of the food they eat.

 

  1. Touch

A dog’s entire body, including its paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings that make it more responsive. It is the sense that develops at the earliest stage in a dog and enables it to form bonds through socialization and interaction.

Knowing your pet’s abilities can just help you appreciate your canine friend in a better way.

Foods Dog Should Avoid

3 Foods that Dogs should Avoid

There are a few important things that every dog owner needs to consider when he is looking forward to find his dog in the best health and mood. And when you are looking for a perfect dog that is happy and healthy, other than regular pet grooming, you should always pay attention towards the food that you use to offer to your dog on a daily basis. You cannot just offer your dog any food. Keep in mind that there are some restrictions for the food when you wish your dog to stay in the best health and mood. Knowing what you can and what you cannot feed to the dog can really deliver outstanding result. In this regard, you can also take advice of the experts or your vet to determine the right kind of food for your dog. Once you will stick to the most decent diet for your dog, you can really help the pet to stay happy as well as playful for a long time. Foods those are really bad for your dog needs to be identified when you have an adorable pet at your home. There are also human foods that can trigger health issues for the dog. You need to avoid these foods whatsoever.

1. Chocolate

The very first thing that you must not offer to your dog is the chocolate. There are pet owners who prefer to offer this food stuff to the dog. They seem to be quite happy when their dog uses to consume chocolate. But they never know what sort of issue this can create further. It’s the chocolate that carries caffeine as well as theobromine. These two elements can be categorized under the methylxanthines like category. And when you are offering your dog dark chocolate that means you are allowing the pet to consume both these elements in a good amount which is dangerous for the pet’s health. This can further cause into vomiting, and can even create irregular heart rate for the dog. It can also elevate the body temperature and worse it can even take the life of your dog.

2. Cow Milk

The next food stuff that you need to avoid offering your dog is the milk that are found at supermarkets. Puppies do drink milk from their mother once they are born. But you also need to keep in mind that just like the humans, dogs can suffer from the lactose intolerance. It’s the milk that carries the milk sugar and the dog’s body is not designed to break down this element. Once milk is consumed by the dog on a regular basis, this can lead the way for vomiting, gastrointestinal issues and diarrheas. Well, this is not what you can call as instant life threatening but it can surely contribute its part for triggering severe bacterial exposure for your pet. If you really need to feed your puppy milk, do get lactose free milk which can be easily found at most of the pet stores.

3. Cheese

Cheese is the next food stuff that you shouldn’t give to your dog. Cheese also contains sugars as well as fatty components that are not good for the dogs. This can create similar problems like milk once consumed by your dog in a great amount. gas, vomiting, diarrheas are the common symptoms that can occur with the dog once your pet consume cheese.