Singapore Zoo Helps SPCA Foster & Train Shelter Dogs
When an animal has been living on the streets for quite some time, it might take some time for them to get used to humans, especially if they have been ill-treated.
However, with time and assistance, they may one day become a loveable and friendly pet for you to take home.
The Singapore Zoo has collaborated with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to launch a new pilot programme to help shelter dogs.
Zoo and SPCA collaborate to help shelter dogs
By showcasing the shelter dogs at The Animal Friends Show in the Zoo, SPCA hopes that there will be a higher probability of them getting adopted.
Under the programme, Furever Yours will help to train shelter dogs to make them more easygoing and friendly.
The catch is that the zoo will train one rescue dog at a time until they’re able to rehome them.
Zoo trains rescue dog to be more friendly
The first shelter dog chosen for the programme is 7-year-old Bruce. He was first rescued by the SPCA in May 2016 after they found him in the streets wearing a choke chain and likely abandoned.
Since Bruce did not have a happy past, it was natural for him to shy away from strangers. Hence, Bruce has been taking longer than usual to find his home as he could come off as unfriendly.
Bruce has been fostered by the Zoo’s Animal Friends Show team since Aug 2019.
He has undergone force-free reinforcement training by the team such as basic obedience training.
Bruce was also taught behaviours that would enrich his life and ease him into various veterinary care procedures.
He has since blossomed into a confident, friendly and curious dog.
As Bruce is now ready to find his forever home, the SPCA is looking for someone who will take Bruce into a loving home.
They hope that his new owners will be an active family who will continue Bruce’s force-free positive reinforcement training.
Programme to raise awareness for shelter animals
Both the Singapore Zoo and SPCA encourages people to adopt rather than shop for pets.
They hope that the programme would be able to raise awareness for shelter animals like Bruce and get them adopted.
There are many other animals like Bruce waiting for someone to adopt them.
Director Animal Presentations at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) Gail Laule also mentioned that through the programme, shelter dogs would become more adoptable.
In nurturing a more loving and social demeanour in dogs like bruce which have experience rejection and abandonment, we are confident that they can become adoptable.
For those who are interested in adopting Bruce, you may visit the SPCA website to find out more about the adoption process.
Adopt shelter dogs
Hopefully, with this collaboration programme, more people would adopt shelter dogs rather than getting them from the store.
We hope that Bruce will be able to find his furever home and gets all the love that he deserves.
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Featured image adapted courtesy of SPCA Singapore.