Dear supporters and friends of Noah’s Ark,
We are aware that it has been some time since we last had updates and we thank you for being with us still. We sincerely apologize for this but due to lack of manpower as all our volunteers hold full-time jobs and the few are overwhelmed with actual site work, the blog has had lesser updates. Nonetheless, we can promise you the work never stops and is ongoing.
We always explain to others that the focus of Noah’s Ark is primarily on the many animals living in the Noah's Ark Sanctuary in JB, Malaysia, and following this closely will be our stray dog/cat sterilization projects for humane population control – PID for Project Industrial Dogs and PCS for Project Cat Snip. From the funds raised at events and tours, we need to strike a balance in order to provide for the animals at NANAS and at the same time, help stray animals on the streets.
More often than not, the funds raised are usually insufficient for NANAS. For those who are unaware, the running costs for NANAS runs into tens of thousands monthly which is not surprising given we have over a thousand animals. And although the sanctuary is across the border, there are still considerable food bills, medical expenses and various operating costs.
Some people who have approached us feel that our sanctuary can take in more animals. However, many do not realise that these abandoned animals need to be supported, especially home pets whom owners choose to give up. As a result, we are unable to continously take in animals as we are already struggling to provide for those already in our care.
Recently, we have taken on two large sterilization projects at the west and central part of Singapore. In the west area case, we were faced with a large sand quarry that was home to some 60 to 80 dogs, possibly more. This case was actually highlighted to us a few weeks back by some stray feeders who needed help financially due to the population number, we had to act fast to curb the root of the problem.
Two volunteers conducted a site check and sadly found that the dogs were not in a good condition due to their living environment. More importantly, there were numerous females within the group. There were also many puppies, most of which were scrawny looking and malnourished. Under such circumstances, the puppies’ chances of survival were low especially with heavy vehicles/machinery everywhere. The stray feeders will try their best to rehome the puppies but meanwhile, Noah’s Ark is scheduling sterilization slots for the females on a weekly basis. Up till now, just 10 females have been spayed, with many more to go. The dogs in the photos below were just a small portion of the entire pack on that vast terrain, but it was too heartbreaking to go on further.
For the central area case, it is an upcoming tourist destination but unfortunately, some dogs made the temporary construction sites their home, and the population boomed almost overnight. We believe that some of the dogs were there even before the area was converted into a place of interest. A kind lady, whose company is based there for now, feeds the dogs as and when she is able to, and she contacted us asking for help.
Since then, we are there almost every weekend to capture the female dogs for sterilization. We were appalled to see that none of the dogs there are sterilized, especially the females. We had to start from ground zero, to get to know the dogs, their environment and speak with the workers on the site to gain some cooperation. With such a high birth rate, it is no wonder that the dogs do not get their tummies filled (the kind workers do feed them with curry rice).
To date, 11 females have been sterilized with estimated about 5 more to go. Currently, we are only tending to two sites but we do believe there are more dogs in the surrounding area as well. Though this group of dogs is thankfully not as large as the west area case, the fate of this group is even more uncertain. When the construction sites move, what will happen to all of them?
Nonetheless, while we try to rehome as many as possible, we believe that one dog saved is one more dog saved (能救一只是一只). Getting all the females spayed is top priority as of now so that we do not have more puppies to deal with. There are just not enough homes to go around.
We are appealing for help to subsidise vet bills, as the sterilization bills incurred thus far have been rather substantial. This is not including transport fees which are sponsored by the volunteers. No donation is too small and all help is welcome. Once a female dog is spayed she will be spared from the vicious cycle of reproduction, and there will be lesser puppies that have no homes. Life on the streets is hard enough, let’s do what we can to help them.
We are also looking for adopters to provide a home for a pup, or two. Should you be able to help in any way, kindly drop us an email at email@example.com.