Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In memory of Eby

Eby was the adorable black dog featured in the month of May in our 2009 calendar. She began her short, hard life in an industrial estate in Toh Guan. It was a dark and stormy night when Noah’s Ark volunteers heard her crying and found her tied up in a factory, apparently she had been tied up for 24 hours a day come rain or shine.

After being rescued that night, Eby was brought to the volunteer’s home and took a bath as she was all wet and filthy. She fell asleep soundly and comfortably, probably for the first time in her life, on a cushion. Eby was an intelligent puppy and within a couple of days she learnt the basic commands like “sit” and was toilet-trained.

In less than a month, Eby fortunately found a new home with May and her family. A day before Eby’s arrived, the family had excitedly gone shopping for toys, treats, a pink collar and matching leash and a pink bed for her. It was heart-warming to see the love awaiting this little dog.

Like all puppies, Eby was full of life and extremely playful. She seemed to enjoy the garden the most – jumping into the bushes, rolling around in the grass and chewing on the plants! She liked playing with her toys and would bring them over to May and sometimes when May was taking a nap on the couch Eby would wake her up in order to get her to play.

Eby was truly loved by her family. They brought her to the vet to get her vaccinations and she was micro chipped. She enjoyed her daily walks where she showed her domineering trait by pulling May along with her leash. She was sent to obedience training classes and the trainer said she was intelligent but had a short attention span, and showed traits similar to Border Collies. May was in heaven on hearing that: to her Eby did look like a Border Collie, and like any proud parent she would love to hear the good things about her darling.

It came as a shock then that Eby started coughing out blood in April. Straightaway, May brought her to the vet, where she had an x-ray and blood tests. She was put on a drip and the vet thought she could be discharged in a couple of days. Yet, it was tragic for May to receive the call from the vet telling her that Eby’s condition had suddenly worsened and that she had passed away. The vet suspected it was a virus and May now thinks it may have been a virus that was picked up from her daily walks at the park.

Eby passed away on 13 April 2009. She was just a few weeks short of making it to the month she represented in our calendar. Eby may have begun her life in sadness and difficulty, but in her short life she did experience joy and kindness, and in the end she got to know what it is like to be loved by a human family. For this we thank May and her family. Eby will always be loved and remembered by those who knew her. May she truly be resting in peace.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Limited Edition Book on Noah's Ark CARES

Dear readers,

This is the next limited edition item that we have up for sale.

Volunteers Lynda, Fiona and Nicholas got together to do up a mini photo book as a tribute for Raymund. The book was launched and presented to Raymund at the Fundraising Dinner. Brimming with photographs from the first days of the Ark, it is a precious collection of the history and work of one man who built Noah’s Ark Cares.

This is the opening page of the book.

Laid out in a handy sized book with full-colour photographs, it is a great coffee table book and a conversation starter (to tell your friends about Noah's Ark when they are over for coffee). Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own this book and see many rare never-before seen photos! It is a collector's item as only 100 copies have been printed with quite a number of copies sold during our fundraising dinner.

Some of the other pages in the book describes Noah's Ark in its early days.

All proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the upkeep of the animals at Noah's Ark. Each book costs S$80 only! Don't forget to include a postage of S$5 for orders in Singapore.

To order a copy, please email us at info@noahsarkcares.com with the subject "Purchase: Noah's Ark Limited Edition Book".

Thank you for supporting Noah's Ark! Don't forget to spread the word!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Adoption of Lucky Angel by her Fosterer!

“Angel” – the first thing that comes to my mind is not the pretty little fairy pictured in fairy tales or in the eyes of children, but the image of a stone fish. That is the only thing that can be used to describe how we felt when we first saw her – lonely, aloof, listless and staring blankly into space.

Before you read further, please visit the links below for a recap on Angel's story: http://noahsarkcares.blogspot.com/2009/04/angel.html and http://noahsarkcares.blogspot.com/2009/04/updates-lucky-angel.html to see what a long way she has come.

Many will say that Angel has the luck of one in a million dogs. On the practical side, who will ever want to adopt such a dog? Today, her mange condition is definitely much better with tender loving care from Catherine and family and their domestic helper Pearlita who is Lucky Angel’s main caregiver, but her skin condition is not what many can and will accept. Medical costs aside, she certainly does not look as cute or normal as the thousands of strays out there on the streets with no place to call home. Currently, Lucky Angel still has some bald patches on her, but having come so far is already a great and unimaginable achievement. Take a look at the photos and judge for yourself!

This is how Angel looks like today..

Her eyes are full of life and happiness...as compared to when she was first rescued

Lucky Angel enjoying life

Initially, we were all ready to send her to Noah’s Ark when she was in better shape and health. Never did we ever think that someone would adopt her! During the fostering period however, Catherine and family had grown so attached to her that they eventually decided to adopt her!

The care and concern of Catherine and her family has brought out a different Angel you see today!

This act of unselfishness by Catherine and her family has touched many hearts. Lucky Angel might not have all her fur grown properly back, but this does not bother Catherine at all. We are assured that she will take good care of Lucky Angel, providing a place, her home and her heart - for life.

Lucky Angel is now living in town, yes the central of Singapore, and goes for 6 walks every day! We are sure that Catherine and family love her very much, and are prepared to settle down with her and start a new chapter of life together!

Before and After. See the vast difference!

We can never thank Catherine enough for her acceptance of Lucky Angel – an imperfect looking dog who turned out to be a perfect companion in her eyes. If only Lucky Angel could speak and tell Catherine just what difficulties she has been through – how it was like literally from hell to heaven. Without a doubt, we are sure Catherine can see all these gratitude in Lucky Angel’s eyes.

**Pictures and story contributed by Ruth Lim

Beneficiary of Animal Merchandise :)

Noah's Ark CARES Supporters