Thursday, 30 March 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


As the Chinese New Year approaches and most of us are busy with preparations for the coming festivities, we at OSCAS were faced with one emergency after another as several of our dogs fell ill or were injured and needed to be treated and hospitalised at the vets.

Aero got sick, blood tests showed a low rbc count and an ultrasound followed by a CT scan showed nodules in his spleen and a mass in his abdomen suspected to be an abscess or inflammation. Surgery was ruled out as the mass was wrapped around a vein in the liver; he has however responded to conservative treatment with antibiotics and supplements for his low blood count.

Boo Boo gave us such a scare and panic last Friday evening when he had to be rushed to the clinic through a heavy traffic jam. An emergency operation was carried out for his gastric torsion; post op the reperfusion of blood in his organs had caused liver failure but fortunately over the past few days of tube feeding, nursing and pain management, his condition has improved and continues to be improving as he is weaned off the tube and given syringe feeding. The good news is he has started eating on his own today!!

On Saturday morning Giger was also sent to the vet when he was found weak, in appetent and unable to stand. A lump was detected under his arm and chest x-rays showed nodules in his lung. A fine needle aspirate was done on the lump and we are awaiting the test results. 

As you can imagine we are very worried for Aero, Boo and Giger. They are however getting the best treatment possible and their conditions are stable.

Needless to say their vet bills are also mounting and we have to appeal once again to the support and generosity of all our friends, sponsors and donors to help us out. We will be billed soon and are bracing ourselves for amounts in excess of at least $20,000 that will have to be paid soon even with the extension of credit granted by the clinic. The invoiced amounts are likely to be more as several other dogs have also recently received treatment for less serious ailments. Our meagre surplus fund will be severely depleted and still not be enough to pay for the recent bills incurred.

Please help us to help our dogs. There is no question of them getting the best treatment we can provide; we had to treat them first and appeal for the funds to help defray the cost.

As we all take a break to celebrate the Lunar New Year, please find it in your heart to give an ang pow for our dogs. All donations of any amount will be deeply appreciated and lift the heavy burden that we are facing now.

Do PM us on how you would like to make a donation or you may make a direct contribution to our DBS Account –

DBS Current Account No.048-904283-4

We thank you for helping us to help our dogs !!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


by Mary Soo

March and April had been a most traumatic period for us.  We lost two of our babies (Blessing and Spotty).

At the same time our darling Marco, paralysed from waist down had to undergo a surgery. 

Adding to all these heartaches, our sweet Wave was diagnosed with a heart condition which is not too serious now but then who can trust the unpredictable heart??


Our beloved Blessing lost her life after a painful battle against a devious bacteria which was resistant to a whole list of antibiotics.  She was a very brave girl as she could withstand all the pain she had to endure and was given an A Star by all the staff at the veterinary clinic. She finally succumbed and passed away on 27 March.

I can still recall the day almost 6 years ago when Anita and myself found Blessing and her two sisters dumped under an overhead bridge.  They were so weak they could not even stand up.  With the help of the vets we manged to nurse two of them back to health although Hope contracted distemper and died shortly after rescue.  We are now left with Mercy who is running around happily at OSCAS.

Spotty was one of the family of eight puppies that were caught from Pulau Ubin and brought to Singapore for the kill.  A security guard at the ferry point who felt so sorry for the puppies called Anita and begged her to rescue them.  As you can guess, we took all eight home, which of course brought us loads of cheer but also had the AVA knocking at our door because of a neighbour who would not tolerate animals.  We didn’t run a shelter then but ended boarding them with a boarding kennel (which of course was not cheap).


Wave was a skinny and shy stray by the Changi seaside behind a huge construction site.  When we rescued her, she was pregnant and gave birth to 9 lovely puppies.  Unfortunately, Wave was down with tick fever and so we had to separate her from her puppies which, of course, didn’t augur well for the babies.  They were then deprived of the crucial colostrum (nature’s vaccine for babies).  All but one puppy survive – our star Mack.

About a week and a half ago, sweet Wave was found lying on her side breathing heavily.  She was rushed to the vet and was diagnosed with the onset of heart disease. Wave is now on daily heart medication.


Because he is paralysed waist down, Marco drags himself around.  As a result he injured his private part and had to undergo an operation.  Apart from this, Marco is still strong – and handsome!!  He hates to dirty his room so he drags himself out of the room to ease himself and then drags back into his cosy room again for his siesta.


The medical costs amounted to $21,081.76 :-
  • Blessing        = $13,680.73
  • Marco             = $  4,065.56
  • Spot                = $  2,580.48
  • Wave              = $     755.47

Being a shelter with no commercial income, this has caused a huge casualty to the little reserve that we have managed to save over the 10 years.   If you would like to help us build up our reserve again, we will indeed be deeply grateful.  Every help is precious to us. 

If you would like to help us defray the veterinary costs, our account is DBS Current Bank Account – OSCAS LTD, Account No.048-904283-4.  please fill in under “My Initials” and “Beneficiary/Customer Ref:”  Your Name-purpose, e.g JohnTan-Medical. Once done, please send us an email (oasis2ndchance @ so that we would be able to send you a receipt.  Thank you.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Choosing a Shelter Dog

A post by Jodi Lee

I never thought I'd have another dog. I was living alone, just renovated my new place and enjoying my new single status. One major purchase for any new place is the sofa. Finally! I could buy a fabric sofa, which wasn't as expensive as a leather one. When I had my previous dog, I always had a leather sofa, so that dog hair wouldn't stick on it.

However, things didn't go to plan. I started to volunteer at Oasis and was doing some chores at the shelter when I met Mei Mei. She was rescued by a feeder and brought to the kennel when her brother suffered a horrific car accident and ended up with 3 broken legs.

Mei Mei at the kennel
I noticed Mei Mei on one occasion and approached her stall. She was very friendly and excited and started to lick my fingers through the gate. Curious, I went into her stall and was greeted with the most enthusiastic kisses and licks I've ever received from a dog. There wasn't an inch on my face and neck that wasn't covered in dog saliva. I didn't know it then, but I was only my way to regretting my fabric sofa decision.

After a few more weekends of this obvious love and enthusiasm from Mei Mei, Mary and Anita started planting thoughts in my head. Thoughts like...bring her home...look at how much she loves you. Moreover, I also heard she doesn't love everyone. She growled at some potential adopters when they visited. So really, she chose me.

And that's how you choose a dog from a shelter. Getting to know a dog. Visiting the shelter a few times. Maybe walk the dog. If possible, consider a home visit. Bring the dog to your place and see how the dog reacts. Let the family get a feel of what it would be like to have the dog at your home.

Mei Mei enjoying the fabric sofa
Your shelter professional is an important resource, especially if you've never had a dog before. If they are trying to push you to adopt on your first visit to the shelter, be very careful. There are so many factors to consider when choosing a dog, be it from a shelter or from the pound.

Here are just some of them:

  • Size of dog - this is the first and foremost thought on most adopters' minds. Being in Singapore, with most people living in HDB flats, this is no doubt and important factor. But under the Adore program, some medium sized dogs are now allowed in HDB flats. Check with your shelter professional on this possibility.
  • Kids - if you have children, it is important that the dog you choose can get along well with children. A lot of shelter dogs may take some time to warm up, but after a few visits to the shelter will give you a better idea of which dog is most suitable for your family.
  • Energy level - yours and the dog's. Senior dogs might only need 1 walk a day, as opposed to young dogs with higher energy levels, requiring 2 walks a day. 

There are so many other factors to consider when thinking about adopting a shelter dog. Talk to the shelter professional for a dog that will be your new best friend!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

OSCAS 2016 Calendars Order - SOLD OUT

Thank you everyone who purchased our calendars!
We have sold out.

Yippee! Our OSCAS 2016 Calendars are ready for order right now!

It's $10 for one calendar and all proceeds go to the shelter. It will help us to feed and care for our dogs in the shelter. Every little bit counts!

To order, simply fill up the form below with the following details:

  1. Number of copies
  2. Mode of payment - Bank Transfer or Cheque
  3. Delivery Address or Self-Collection

Self-Collection at our shelter is only possible on weekends. We will make arrangements after payment has been made.

Postage Fee Guidelines:
1 copy - $2
2 copies - $2.50
3 and 4 copies - $3.50
5-9 copies - $4.50
10 or more copies - Free

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Your Name:
E-mail Address *:
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