S’pore Uncle Who Paints Umbrellas Adopts Disowned Dogs, Cares For Them Despite Financial Struggles

Uncle Painting Umbrellas Adopts Unwanted Senior Dogs Despite Personal Struggles

You may have heard of Mr Akira, the elderly busker who went viral for painting umbrellas while singing in Tiong Bahru and Clementi.

Elderly Man Singing While Painting On Umbrellas Entertains Passers-By In Tiong Bahru & Clementi

As an animal lover, he often paints different types of animals on umbrellas. He also sells them to support various animal shelters.

Despite his financial struggles, Mr Akira has no qualms about taking in dogs unwanted by owners in Singapore.

Mr Akira also works closely with HOPE Dog Rescue Singapore (HOPE) to care for his dogs. Ever since going viral on social media, his acts of kindness have moved many.

Uncle who paints umbrellas has been adopting disowned dogs

According to a blogpost by HOPE, Mr Akira has been adopting dogs since he retired as an artist.

A HOPE spokesperson told MS News that Mr Akira is known as a dog lover. If he knew of any unwanted, lost or unclaimed canines, he would usually take them in.

Mr Akira currently owns one senior dog, a beagle named Taco, as the others have passed on from old age.

Life hasn’t always been easy caring for his dogs

Although Mr Akira is happy to give these unwanted dogs a loving home, he struggles to provide for them financially. Coming from a low-income background, taking care of himself and his dogs hasn’t been easy.

Source: @arethalzy on TikTok

However, HOPE has extended their support towards Mr Akira, providing him with financial aid to care for his dogs fully.

They would often supply dog food and support him financially regarding veterinary bills. HOPE mentioned that these clinic visits could range from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars per visit, depending on the condition of his dog.

HOPE also deploys volunteers to drive him or pays for his transport fees whenever he takes his dogs to the clinic.

Email HOPE to support Mr Akira

Mr Akira’s story is remarkable. It is heartening to see that even with his struggles, he still strives to create a loving home for these disowned senior dogs.

If you would like to support Mr Akira and HOPE’s cause, you may contact them via their email at hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg.

We wish Mr Akira the best of health, and hope that both he and his dog will continue to remain happy.

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Featured image adapted from @arethalzy on TikTok and HOPE Dog Rescue Singapore.

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