Mount Pleasant Gives Back 2016

We believe in GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY. Under our initiative #MountPleasantGivesBack, we help the people who are helping our community animals. From December 2016, our 9 clinics provided free medical treatment and sterilisation to over 60 animals from various animal welfare groups and independent rescuers.

Unspayed female dogs come into their first heat at around 6 months old. The cycle usually occurs twice a year with 4 to 6 puppies (sometimes 10) per litter from a Singapore Special. If animal welfare groups like SOSD are not actively trapping and sterilising our street dogs, we will be flooded with puppies!

Dr Cheryl Ho, Dr Germaine Lee and team from Mount Pleasant Central (Whitley) sterilised Pipi and Elliot as part of #MountPleasantGivesBack. It was great to see volunteers, transporters, feeders and vets coming together to help our community animals. Pipi has been released back to site. Elliot is safe at the shelter after his pups were tragically crushed by heavy vehicles.

SOSD has more than 70 pups waiting for homes. But remember, pets are not just for the holidays. If you can’t commit for a lifetime, perhaps volunteer at the shelters. Or simply, spread the word.

The Jurong Island project is a collaboration between SOSD Singapore, ACRES and Noah’s Ark CARES to sterilise and rehome stray dogs on the island.

Dr Eric Yeoh, Mount Pleasant (Changi), made a trip to Jurong Island to vaccinate and microchip 26 adorable wriggly puppies!

A microchip (about the size of a rice grain) encodes a unique identification number.  It is implanted just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades.  Should your pets lose their way, vets can scan them to retrieve the microchip number and contact you via a database. You can register your pet’s microchip details with AVA and PetCall.

We salute all hardworking volunteers whose greatest wish is for more dogs, like chubby Doc, to find good homes!

“Gigi and her family were living in Mandai few years ago before the land was cleared. They had nowhere to go. We took them back to our shelter.”

For many years, Noah’s Ark CARES has been sterilising and rescuing injured or sick street dogs on mainland and recently Jurong Island. With urgent cases and limited funds, some dogs have to wait their turn. Gigi’s caregivers tried their best but her skin condition did not improve.

Dr Simon Quek and team at Mount Pleasant (Clementi) helped Gigi with blood tests and skin scrapings. Gigi went back with medications and shampoo to treat the allergies and secondary bacterial and fungal infection. 

Gigi looking better at her review with new fur sprouting all over. She still has a long way to go but at least she is on the right track!

With more than 100 rescued rabbits looking for homes, House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS) strongly advocates sterilisation, education and adoption.

Dr Heng Yee Ling and team at Mount Pleasant (Farrer) sterilised 10 beautiful bunnies for HRSS. One bunny, Speedy, was scheduled for a spay but turns out to be a boy!

Male rabbits can be castrated around 4 months when their testicles descend into the scrotal sacs. Cryptorchid rabbits like Speedy have testicles retained in the abdominal cavity, with an increased risk of testicular torsion or cancer. Dr Daphne located the very small undescended testicles and successfully sterilised Speedy.

Chubby Paisley, in Dr Joanna Goh’s arms, was given up when her owner couldn’t make a lifetime commitment. Speedy, with Dr Daphne Low, was rejected by a petshop. No one will buy a rabbit with splayed legs. Contact HRSS if you can commit to Paisley, Speedy and friends!

Honey and Candy

If we can be anything in the world, be a giver. For 50 years, Mdm Chua has been giving her life and love to community animals. She and her daughter Suan Eng are caring for homeless dogs and cats on the streets and in shelters. Every single day.

Dr Audrey Loi and team at Mount Pleasant (East) are glad to give Mdm Chua some support by sterilising their rescued cats Honey, Candy, Kitty and Hazy at no cost to them.

Thank you Mdm Chua and Suan Eng for your kindness, sweat, tears and late nights at the shelters. We wish you good health and happiness throughout the new year!

The least we can do to help a Wonder Woman with a gigantic heart and wicked sense of humour is to sterilise some of her community cats.

Dr Chan Munling and team at Mount Pleasant (Bedok) sterilised more than 10 of Thara’s rescued cats under #MountPleasantGivesBack.

Angel, in Thara’s arms, was found sitting next to a prawning pond but unable to eat. Something about her tugged at Thara’s heart. Despite having her hands full, she brought Angel home and nursed her back to health. Casey Bear the ginger boy was “abandoned like trash inside a carrier”.

So what keeps Thara going despite the frustration she feels at times? “When I see pictures of my rescued cats in their forever homes! Knowing I made a difference however small it may be. This and the fact that 60 lives wait for me to wake up every morning. For their sake, I have to keep going for as long as I can.”

Justine is the sole survivor in her litter when Noah’s Ark CARES rescued her. Unfortunately, her right hind leg was already injured in a traffic accident. Over time, with no treatment, the limb became deformed.

Justine was getting by as best as she could but angular limb deformity can lead to painful lameness as the body is carried in an abnormal posture. Justine is still very young. Dr Dennis Choi, Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang), decided to help her under #MountPleasantGivesBack. Watch video of surgery.

Besides radiography, computed tomography (CT) scan was done to obtain a 3D image of Justine’s hindlimb so Dr Dennis Choi can decide on the best surgical correction plan.

The deformed bones were cut and realigned, then held in the correct position with an external skeletal fixator. Pins are placed through skin and bone, then connected externally to a rigid frame.

Over a month, Justine’s right hind limb was straightening out nicely but then, she suffered from a luxating patella and had to undergo a second surgery. At her review 10 days post-surgery, Justine is doing well. We will see her again in 4 weeks’ time and hope she eventually finds herself a forever home!

Mdm Wong’s Shelter and Friends has a simple mission – “Providing care, compassion and hope and giving all animals a chance for leading loved lives”.

Dr Gloria Lee, Dr Kitty Huang and team at Mount Pleasant (Mandai) provided free medical treatment to a senior dog and a newly rescued boy.

Xiao Bai came for a skin check and senior wellness exam. Dr Kitty Huang ran blood tests including total T4 screen to rule out hypothyroid (which can cause skin problems) and SNAP 4Dx to check for heartworm and tick-borne illnesses. All clear!

Stan is a young unsterilised male. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with tick fever and anaemia. He went back to the shelter with medications and was neutered only when his condition was stable. He is currently doing well. 

THANK YOU Rachada and volunteers who give so much time and compassion to our community animals. Support their work!

Cat Welfare Society has been helping community cats since 1999. As Laura from CWS said, “Rescues require a joint effort. If you need help, reach out and let us know who we can put you in touch with. I hope every cat-lover will take an active role in ensuring that our community cats are sterilised so no kitten is born into this type of hardship again.”

Dr Gabrina Goh, Dr Jansen Tano and team at Mount Pleasant (North)  sterilised 3 rescued cats under #MountPleasantGivesBack.

Cleo and her mom were from a household that allowed cats to roam. When some neighbours were unhappy with cats defecating along corridors, Cleo’s ex-owner intended to abandon their cats at the void deck. CWS mediators stepped in and had since rehomed Cleo’s mom.

Amy and Aibi were strays at an industrial area. The management complained about the cat population and planned to have them culled. CWS mediators convinced the management to let some cats stay on while the rest are taken in for rehoming.

With Veron Lau from CWS

To further support the good work of our animal welfare groups, we are selling eco-friendly tote bags at $10 each. All proceeds go towards animal welfare. Tote bags are sold out at Mount Pleasant (North). Get yours from our other 8 clinics listed here.

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)

Mason & Addie representing Mount Pleasant Central (Whitley)!

Children & Pets Can Live Together – Safely & Happily!

Looking after children and pets is a lot of hard work. But not an impossible task. Dr Chan Mun Ling shares her personal experiences, benefits of having pets, managing allergies and the life lessons children learn when we keep our promises, even when the going gets tough.

Because pets are family. And families stay together.


Keeping a pet is big decision that impacts the entire family. It is a commitment to care for and love your pets for the rest of their lives. The most common pets that kids grow up with are dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents.

Dr Chan’s daughter Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago. Yitian walks Biscuit daily at the park. It is a great way to know the neighbourhood kids when they come over to play with Biscuit!

Dr Chan’s daughter Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago. Yi Tian walks Biscuit daily at the park. A great way to know the neighbourhood kids when they come over to play with Biscuit!

GROWING UP WITH A PET HAS NUMEROUS BENEFITS
  • By including your children in the daily care of your pet like feeding, walking and bathing, they learn responsibility, empathy and compassion.
  • The emotional bonding helps to increase a child’s confidence and improve social skills with people.
  • Having outings to exercise a dog improves our fitness and builds a stronger family bond.
  • Going to the vet together as a family can be an educational and meaningful experience.
  • It is always sad to see a family grieve over the loss of a beloved pet but it does teach children about mortality and to accept loss in life.
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Asher walking Kizmet. Children gain confidence and learn self-discipline when given the responsibility to care for an animal.

William enjoys happy outings with his parents & furry best friends Torey & Lucey! “There is a strong bond between William & Lucy. She loves him just as he is. She doesn’t judge him, doesn’t care how he looks, if he is smart, friendly or shy. Her unconditional love will teach him a lot in life. Torey is a confident & happy boy who teaches William it is perfectly OK to be himself!” ~ William’s mom, Mami.

William enjoys outings with his parents and furry best friends Torey & Lucy! “There is a strong bond between William and Lucy. She loves him just as he is. She doesn’t judge him, doesn’t care how he looks, if he is smart, friendly or shy. Her unconditional love will teach him a lot in life. Torey is a confident boy who shows William it is perfectly OK to be himself!” ~ William’s mom, Mami.

Dr Ng Yi Lin’s Labrador, Rocky, spending time with her nephew Kae Yan before he passed away last year at a grand age of 16. Pets teach children about the miracle of birth & also the reality of pain & death.

Dr Ng Yi Lin’s nephew Kae Yan with her Labrador Rocky who passed away last year at a grand age of 16. Pets teach children about the miracle of birth & the realities of ageing & death, giving them opportunities to express their feelings & accept comfort in tough times.

SOME STUDIES SHOW THAT KIDS GROWING UP WITH PETS HAVE A LOWER INCIDENCE OF ALLERGIES

There are allergy-triggering proteins called allergens in an animal’s fur, dander (skin flakes) and saliva. Signs of allergies include itchy watery eyes, rashes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or wheezing. Even if your children are not sensitive to allergens, good personal and environmental hygiene must be maintained at all times.

Hannah & Logan with little Rebecca. Cages of small animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds should be thoroughly cleaned out at least once a week to reduce pet allergens in the house.

Hannah and Logan with little Rebecca. Small animal cages should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. Remove droppings, soiled bedding & uneaten food daily.

  • Groom and shower your pets regularly. Dogs and cats can be bathed once a week to reduce airborne allergens.
  • Keep your dog’s and cat’s fur coat short to reduce dander and allergens in the environment.
  • Vacuum and mop the floor frequently.
  • Invest in a good air purifier with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
  • Wash pet beds, rugs, pillows, blankets frequently, preferably in hot water.
  • If your children are sensitive to pet allergens, keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. If your dog/cat already has a favourite spot on the couch, cover that area with a cloth which you can wash easily.
  • Remove soft toys, carpets and excess furniture which trap dust and dander. Declutter!
  • Make sure your children wash their hands with soap and water after playing with their pets.
  • Some clients who are allergic to their cat have opt to surgically remove the cat’s anal glands as this reduces the allergens markedly. Allergic reaction to that particular cat usually reduces dramatically although this differs from person to person.

Summer with Ari. Some days, all we need is nature & animals.

Summer with Woody & Jezza.

Summer with Ari, Woody and Jezza. Pets can be among the most loyal companions & greatest teachers in our life.

ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE AROUND ANIMALS

Some kids might be overly rough or clumsy around animals. It is unfair to expect our pets to endure poking, pulling or screaming from children. Even the most good-natured pet can react by biting or scratching in self-defence if they are handled poorly.

Our adopters & volunteer , Vik's and Cynthiya's twin babies Ashwin & Sandra turn 10months old tdy~ 👏 They also have 3 furbabies adopted fr HRSS whom they love dearly.

Vik & Cynthiya not only volunteer with House Rabbit Society Singapore, they adopted 3 bunnies. Giving up their pets was never an option even when they had twin babies Ashwin and Sandra. The couple put in twice the amount of effort to make time for all the little ones and supervise the twins when they interact with their bunny brothers.

  • Always supervise your children closely when they are around animals. Never leave them alone.
  • Some animals do not like to be picked up, hugged or kissed. Others may not mind at all. Know your pets well so you can teach your children to interact gently and appropriately with them.
  • Rabbits and rodents are physically delicate and sensitive creatures. Handle them for short periods of time.
  • Make sure your pets have somewhere quiet to retreat to when they want to be left alone.
Finn with Rexy & Dukey. Children should be taught from a young age that animals are living, breathing, feeling creatures.

Finn with Rexy and Dukey. When taught the right ways from a young age, children can develop a special relationship with their pets.

All life deserves respect, kindness & love.

And become the best of friends.


With thanks to contributors for valuable information and photos:
Dr Chan Mun Ling, Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)Dr Ng Yi Lin, Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)Mabel Cheah, Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic (Whitley)House Rabbit Society SingaporeStephanie MoncktonMami Naka.

When Bunny’s Gut Turns Sluggish

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Kili is a shy one and likes to hide under the sofa when he is out of the playpen.

Kili the Rex Rabbit is rescued by House Rabbit Society Singapore and currently under foster care. For the past few days, he has been eating lesser than normal.

Dr Heng Yee Ling palpated his abdomen and could feel an accumulation of faeces. Improper diet, stress, ingested hair or dental issues can cause Gastrointestinal Stasis in rabbits.

To keep your bunny’s digestive system working smoothly:

  • decrease pellets
  • increase fiber intake with fresh hay and vegetables
  • increase water consumption
  • increase exercise

Kili will also be given small amounts of fresh pineapple juice to help loosen and soften any impacted mass of food or hair.

For more information on rabbit care and to adopt a rabbit for life, visit House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS).