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 BIG BLOW
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 @ gmail.com) so that we would be able to send you a receipt. Thank you.