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Animal Welfare and Cultural Issues

Singapore - Animal Welfare and Cultural Issues

Attitudes toward pets, and animals in general, are fairly on par with the attitudes that are expressed in westernized countries. Many people in Singapore have pets, although some do not take the responsibility of getting them adequate exercise or medical care. This attitude is not singular to Singapore, however. Dogs, especially, are welcome in most places including parks and beaches, except where otherwise noted. There are even “doggie outings” that your dog can join to socialize with other canines and dog cafes where they can seek treats. When you’re walking your dog, however, it’s important to dispose of their waste properly or else risk being fined.

The Singapore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helps educate the public and provide welfare and adoption services to needy and abandoned animals. Their website can be found at http://www.spca.org.sg

The Singapore government has been trying to enforce stricter rules on animal cruelty charges over the past few years. Anyone found guilty of animal abuse can be fined as much as S$10,000 and face up to one year in jail.

There are not really any animal taboos in Singapore, although you might find that some people are resistant to having dogs as pets (although cats are fine). This varies, though, and is not as prevalent an attitude as it once was. The Action for Singapore Dogs is a charity that helps dogs find new homes: http://asdsingapore.com.

Pets can be found through several means, but adoption remains a popular option. Pet adoption websites include http://www.pawsitivepetpeople.com/pet-adoption.html and http://www.petschannel.com/adoption/. If you’re adopting through the SPCA then be aware that there are certain rules and regulations you must follow, in addition to paying the required fees.

Adoption fees are S$180 for dogs, S$80 for cats, and S$100 for kittens. Pedigree dogs are S$250 while all dogs over the age of 7.5 years are only charged a fee of S$70. The adoption fees cover licensing, vaccinations, deworming, micro-chipping, sterilization, and registration. For cats over the age of 5.5 years, the adoption fee is only S$25. It’s also possible to adopt rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and hamsters.

Pets cannot be reserved via email or telephone. The SPCA also reserves the right to refuse any adoptions and can ask for additional family members and domestic help to meet and interact with the pet before the adoption is approved. Adoptive owners must bring a copy of their property tax paper, title deed, tenancy agreement letter, Power Supply Bill, or an authorization letter from the landlord in order to have their application processed. Adoptive owners must be over the age of 18 and if there is a child under the age of 13 in the home, then no large breed category B dog can be adopted. These include Rottweilers, Great Danes, Bull Mastiffs, Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, and Doberman Pinschers. If the adoptive family has another dog in the home then the agency might ask that the dog be brought in to interact with the potential adoptee before the adoption is finalized.

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