Wednesday, 21 September 2016

ORDER THE OSCAS 2017 CALENDAR!

The 2017 OSCAS calendar is out! Featuring our volunteers and our dogs, this calendar will cheer your day up if you love dogs. This is a great gift idea for your friends, family and colleagues! Your purchase will go towards the care and feeding of over 100 rescued strays at our shelter. Thank you for your support!


More glimpses of the calendar below

Order form:


Prices with postage:

1 copy - S$11.70
2 copies - S$22.50
3 copies - S$33.20
4 copies - S$43.20
5 copies - S$54
6 copies - S$64
7 copies - S$74
8 copies - S$84
9 copies - S$95.50
10 copies and above - S$10 x No. of copies (Free delivery)

Please transfer to:
Account Name: OSCAS Ltd
Bank: DBS (Current)
Account Number: 048-904283-4
SWIFT Code: DBSSSGSG (for overseas transfer)

Instructions:


Email screenshot of bank transfer to media.oscas@gmail.com.
Your order will be mailed after receiving the email from you.










GET YOUR COPIES TODAY!


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

LOYAL.D SUPPORTING OSCAS AT 3 EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

- Friday 2 - Sun 4 September - we are at 112 Katong Mall for the Pets Magazine Pet Fest -  where the mall is opening its doors to pets for the first time to come shop and also paint at our event and learn more about helping animals in general

- Sunday 4 Sept - SMU Animal Day - we are also doing our Painting with Pooches fundraiser we have at least 20 registered painters so far ($30 donation fee less art supply cost which is minimal will go to OSCAS).

-  Sunday 4 Sept - Nee Soon Pets Fiesta - an attempt to set a new Singapore Book of Records for the largest painting made by pets and owners - shelter dogs welcome to participate too!

You can see more about these events on our site: http://www.loyald.com/#!events/g013j

About Loyal.D:

Loyal.D provides quality fashionable products for dogs and animal lovers where every purchase helps a shelter animal.  Loyal.D celebrates the life-long bond of friendship between an animal and human with the hope that all respect this bond with a sense of responsibility and loyalty.  Shop online at www.loyald.com to show your support for animal welfare.   Fashionable & practical pet products for having fun with your fur friend!


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Join us at SMU's Animal Day and Nee Soon Pet Fiesta and meet our dogs!





Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A VERY PAINFUL PERIOD

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??

Blessing

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
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

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.




Marco

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.

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!