Forever Furkids: Pet Adoption Stories To Lift Your Spirits

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Forever Furkids: Pet Adoption Stories To Lift Your Spirits

STORY: Farhan Shafie
18 April 2020
PHOTO: SPCA SINGAPORE

Nothing sets our hearts at ease like a heartwarming pet adoption story. The Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) is not only Singapore's lone community animal clinic and shelter but it is also responsible for rehoming them as well.

SPCA recently started a new series on their IG where they share "Happy Tales" of these furry furkids finding their forever homes and it is exactly the wholesome content we need right now. Here're a few of our favourites!

Rover, The Loyal Singapore Special

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HAPPY TALES [ROVER, ADOPTED BY DR GRACE AND MR KELVIN] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “My husband and I adopted Rover, a Singapore Special, from the SPCA in August 2019. He was found on the streets in 2012 and spent six years in the shelter. He was once adopted and returned by his previous owners who left Singapore to return to their host country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite having been a shelter dog for most of his life, Rover is amazing. The picture of him holding his toy was taken on the very first day he came home. When we first adopted him, he had skin lesions — the result of his previous owners not taking care of him properly. He was also nervous during thunderstorms. However, he has improved in both of these areas. He‘s calmer when he listens to classical music. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The best part about Rover is his loyalty. He will follow us around the house, regardless of which room we are in. When we’re out late, he will sit on his big cushion in the hall and patiently wait for our return. He’s also very intelligent. When we adopted him, he already knew the ‘shake’ and ‘sit’ commands. He has now learned how to roll over and to wait patiently for his dinner and treats. In addition, he enjoys solving food puzzles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those who are hesitant about adopting a street dog, let me say that it has been such a wonderful and enriching experience for us and Rover. We have brought joy into each others' lives. Rover's antics are truly goofy and puppy-like, even though he’s almost eight years old. When he’s happy, he will chase his tail. He will also play with his stuffed toys and try to sleep with his paw on top of one. Also, we've found that Rover is quite tough; he is low-maintenance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, do something kind. Adopt a local Singapore Special. They will love you no less than your pedigree Poodle, Lab or Retriever. You have my word on that.” - Dr Grace Chee and Mr Kelvin Lim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💙 Adopted a companion from us? Share your story via enquiries@spca.org.sg. To help our shelter animals, donate here: bit.ly/GIVESPCA

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Madame Curie, The Cat Who Traded Sunny Singapore For Cooler Weather

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HAPPY TALES: MADAME CURIE, ADOPTED BY MANFRED ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Dear SPCA, we moved from Germany to Singapore to work at A*STAR in 2007 and adopted 3-year-old Chessy from SPCA after our 17-year-old cat passed away. Cheesy was very shy and hid under our bed for three days when we brought her home. But with time, she accepted her new name — Madame Curie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After 11 years in Singapore, we brought Madame back with us to Germany. Departing the 32˚C climate from Changi Airport and arriving in the -1˚C snow in Berlin was somehow strange for Madame. After some time in Berlin, we moved to our place in Heidelberg. Madame was on a train for 6 hours — totally new for a Singaporean cat. She now lives with us in Heidelberg. Although she's more sociable, she still runs away when strangers come near, especially when the doorbell rings. Although she has adapted well, I think she misses Singapore’s temperature. She meows a lot, loves lying in the sun, and always reminds us of the great time we had in Singapore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Due to COVID-19, Madame Curie is surprised that we are at home all the time and that it's very calm outside because non-essential shops are closed. She hopes spring will come soon. The first picture shows Madame on the balcony table, still looking for sunny spots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many thanks to SPCA for giving us such a lovely animal. Best wishes to you, your family, friends, and colleagues. Stay healthy.” - Manfred & Dagma —— 💙 Did you adopt a companion from us? Share your story via enquiries@spca.org.sg. To help our shelter animals, donate here: bit.ly/GIVESPCA

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Taika, The Tabby Cat Who Will Never Leave Your Side

Ginger, The Senior 'Paw-neer Generation' Feline

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FRIENDS FOR LIFE: 21-YEAR-OLD GINGER In 2019, SPCA distributed ‘paw-neer generation’ packages to senior cats and the oldest feline found was 21-year-old Ginger. Coincidentally, she was adopted from us! This is Joyce & Ginger’s story of becoming friends for life. Joyce: “Ginger was adopted in April 1999 from SPCA Singapore. I believe every breed deserves a second chance and a lovely home. She still enjoys taking naps and is antisocial towards other cats, hissing them away. She prefers spending time on her scratching board, sunbathing, or exploring the house. Ginger has stuck to Science Diet for the past 15 years — a brand introduced by SPCA since her adoption day. But as her age caught up, we offered her more choices like the Ciao Churu Cream Cat Treats. Apart from dry food and treats, she will ask for wet food daily. She might be old but she knows how to cherry-pick flavours and mummy has to take note. Most importantly, she drinks lots of water. When she was around 19, we noticed her hind legs were weaker as she started losing balance. This could have been caused by her joints and muscle deterioration. She also has cloudy eyes but they do not seem to bother her much. Her biggest issue is having urinary incontinence. She can no longer use the cat litter box as she has difficulty entering it due to its height. Hence, daily or twice-daily butt baths are necessary. Despite the mess she gets herself into, mummy will tell her that it’s alright as I am here for her. She knows we love her so much and I guess that’s why she is hanging on. I used to be a carefree person who would go on impromptu overseas trips but Ginger taught me to be a responsible and disciplined person for the past two decades. Taking care of an animal is never easy; you have to do it wholeheartedly. Treat them as your family members and never give them up no matter what happens!” - Joyce . 💙Adopted a companion from SPCA Singapore? Share your story to enquiries@spca.org.sg. To help our shelter animals, donate here: bit.ly/GIVESPCA

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Penny, The One-Eyed Dog Who Loves Kids

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