- Adopting a dog is an agreement between 2 private parties and Takara Pets does not endorse or involved in this arrangement. New owners are advised to seek professional opinion on the health of the dogs/ puppies they are going to take over.
- We do not gain any money from the adoption fee. We only help to spread the message around.


1.Fees requested by the first owner/rehomer cannot be more than S$200.
2.Never put up an adoption request, if your purpose is to find a mate (for your other dog) for breeding purposes.
3.Adoption is about helping/ to provide a homeless and/or abandoned Dog (or Dogs that may be given up due to many reasons) a new home. Adoption is not about getting your dream Dog without having to pay a single cent.
4.Please do not expect a fast answer for your request. There are just so many people in the queue, requesting for an adoption.
5.If you have any enquires about the dog/puppy you wish to adopt, kindly asked that person yourself which there will be either the first owner/rehomer email add or contact no. or both.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mocha the mongrel

Statue : For adoption

Breed : Mongrel

Name : Mocha

Age : 10-11months

Gender: Male

Spayed/Neutered: Not yet
Reason for Being Given Up: He is not HDB approved, and he is in his chewing period and bite the furniture. Owner's parents are mad at the dog and locked it up, making the dog unable to run and feeling uncomfortable

Good with humans: Might bark at some people

Good with Dogs: Friendly

Dog's Temperament:
Active, joyful, enjoys walking. Seldom bark and can eat anything just allergic to salty things.

Other Remarks: He is really a nice dog, doesn't bark and is fine with anything. As long as he got your love, that will be enough for him. He knows basic commands and is toilet trained.

Ideal home : Private/Landed ( Owner living in HDB )

Contact : 92294427 by sms please.

Please pm with intro of yourself, age and occupation, family size and experience with or without dogs

Adoption fee : Your love for the dog is enough.

Owner's request : Please allow me to visit the dog once in a while.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Give them a roof! :D

What would you say if we told you we were mulling over investing in a roof for the shelter? A permanent, transparent roof that protects our dogs from the cold winds and pelting rain and yet doesn't prevent the rays of the sun from shining through?

Would you say it is a luxury that we can ill-afford?

A canvas roof is not a roof. A canvas roof is a sheet that collects water when it pours. It sags with the weight of the water, teetering precariously, sometimes giving way from the weight.

We give the bottom of the canvas a good hard shove after the rain has stopped and water comes splashing down in torrents. The wet cement floor beneath successfully becomes even wetter.

We don't know when the government will take back the land. We don't know how long, beyond the expected 4 years, we'll be staying at our current location.

But does that make the need for a proper, sturdy roof any less essential?

We take our roofs for granted. Be it a 1 bedroom studio apartment, the usual 3 to 5 room HDB flat, a condominium or terrace house, we are provided with roofs over our heads. We can easily escape from Nature's wrath whenever we please and retreat into the safety of our homes. We come out again when the rain dies down and the sun starts to peek through the grey.

Unlike us, the dogs are and will be at the shelter for most of their lives. If the shelter cannot provide a basic amenity such as protection from the rain, how ironic that it is called just that - a shelter. We believe a roof is not only necessary, it is critically so. The health of the dogs, the hygiene of the place and all the things we strive so hard to achieve would be jeopardised if we continue to languish without a proper cover for the dogs.

We got a quote from the contractor who helped put up the metal fencing you see at the shelter.

$3900 is the magic number.

Please join us in building a roof for Gentle Paws.

People always marvel at the power of community. We totally agree. One person can make a limited difference, but together we are a force. If 390 ordinary, average people like you or me donate $10 each to our Roof Fund, think of what we can do for our furkids! And if you can't afford it, no worries. The power of the community also involves the power to inspire. If you are financially tight, you can do your part by helping to spread the word. We would very much appreciate it. Your help is intangible but it goes a long way.

I have no idea how many people read this blog. But I do know that many people aren't. Most don't even know we exist. So if you could help tell them about our Roof Fund, that would mean the world to us.

If you're interested in contributing or if you simply have questions to ask, please feel free to drop us an email at farmwaylove@gmail.com with the title "Roof Fund".

They always talk about how we should bring the house down, but hey, now's the time to put a roof up! With your help, we know it is possible. We are awaiting responses with our fingers tightly crossed. Here's to the roof and beyond!

Posted at http://gentlepaws2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/woof-woof-roof.html

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sponsor a Dog today at Gentle Paws :D

Do you ever wish to have a dog, but because of your lifestyle, your other commitments or housing constraints are prevented from having one? Or do you simply wish to contribute to a meaningful cause? The Sponsor-A-Dog (SAD) Program is a program designed to bring you closer to our dogs by allowing you to get to know one of our dogs better and help sponsor it to give it a better life.


The program involves a contribution of any sum a month to aid in the caring of a particular dog. The amount of contribution is really based on your own discretion. We usually receive sponsorships ranging from $10 to $50 a month. Though we hope that this program can help cultivate a close and lasting relationship between sponsor and dog, this remains purely voluntary and sponsors may opt out of it should any problems, financial or otherwise, arise. Also, due to the tight constraint of funds, we are accepting more than one sponsor for each dog and we seek the understanding of potential sponsors.


The sum contributed will generally go towards the daily needs of the dog. First up, it will help sponsor its daily meal at the shelter. This usually consists of rice, meat, anchovies, vegetables and kibbles. It will also go towards the purchase of shampoo or needs of the common pool of dogs. It might also go towards payment of any medical bills the dog incurs should it happen to fall ill.


We will keep you updated about the dog you decide to sponsor and you can come down to visit him/her any time you wish. If the particular dog has any re-homing opportunities, we will also keep you updated.


If you are interested in participating in our program, please do drop us an email at farmwaylove@gmail.com. We will then forward you a catalogue of our dogs containing the necessary information to help you make your decision! Thanks for giving us your time!

Posted at http://gentlepaws2010.blogspot.com/2010/03/sponsor-dog-today_17.html

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Help the shelter dogs

Posted at Gentle paw:

Today, we are going to talk about health.

When you or I get sick, we feel horrible. And then we make a trip to the doctor's. It is an automatic mental jump. We don't have to think twice about it. When our pet gets sick, however, we hesitate a little. This could be due to high veterinary costs or the time and effort involved in transporting the pet. But we eventually bring the poor dog to see the vet because we can't bear to see it so miserable. After all, it's our pet and we love it.

Now when a shelter dog gets sick, it seems like the idea of bringing it to see the vet becomes a little ludicrous. Shelters are supposed to work on tight financial budgets. Between rent, food and other medical costs (such as sterilisation and vaccination costs), shelters cannot afford to be racking up exorbitant veterinary fees. In many shelters around the world, dogs that fail to get adopted after a suitable period of time are euthanised. This is the supposed "cure-all" solution that saves on food, shelter and medical costs all at once.

But that's not how we work. As we have often reiterated, shelter dogs are not second class citizens. They didn't ask to be a shelter dog. By some twist of fate, they were born just a little unluckier than their counterparts with good homes and great owners. Since we've taken our dogs into our shelter with open arms, we are going to do all we can to provide some sort of a home for them. Not the best, certainly, but the best that we can give. That includes making allowance for visits to the vet and chalking up the requisite expenses from the consultations. After all, isn't this what responsible rescuing is all about?

Recently at Gentle Paws, we've had an alarming spate of health issues befall us. It has been a rough time for us because, essential as it is, going to the vet costs.

First, we have Deckie, our furry orange boy who seems to prefer humans to dogs. Deckie has been warded at the vet's for some time now. He was bitten on the ear by another dog at the shelter. The infection of that wound triggered his autoimmune disease, causing his cells to attack healthy tissue and his muscle to detach from his skin. Deckie had to undergo a couple of surgeries to fix the damage wrought on his body. But it appears that he is now well on the road to recovery. Because he is terrified of the other shelter dogs, the shelter is no place for rest and recovery. Deckie has to stay at the vet's until his condition stablises, whereupon one of our volunteers would bring him back home.

Next, we have Diya (below right), one of Dior's three lovely daughters (the other two being Donna and Dyana). Besides Donna, the liveliest and most active of the three, people tend to overlook the other two. If you take the time to get to know them, you'll find that Diya and Dyana are two of the most loving girls at the shelter. When you make soft pitiful whining sounds as I've been taught to do, they will walk towards you, cock their head, look at you, then proceed to lick your face quite tenderly.

Diya was one of the few dogs we have yet to sterilise. Last week, we decided to bring both her and DakDakDei for the procedure and bid goodbye forever to any unwanted pregnancies. Little did we expect the trip to be a futile one. The procedure could not be administered to our dogs because blood tests revealed that they were tick fever carriers. While DDD could be discharged, Diya had to undergo a blood transfusion and was hospitalised for a day. Both dogs have to be put on a special diet and would have to head back to the vet for another review after a month. If you see Diya looking a little listless, do stop by to give her a pat on the head. She is barely even 2 years old and she needs all the love she can get.

Next we have Bobby, our oldest citizen at Gentle Paws. He used to be fierce and a little aggressive but oh how he has mellowed over the past two years. Just ask the volunteers who have been down for our PAW program lately... Bobby is one of the easiest dogs to handle and a joy to walk. But lately, he is easily tired. To add on, he has not been eating and his stomach has grown increasingly bloated. Could it be his kidney? Or what about his liver? Worried, we sent him for a full body check-up. This set us back by about $600 but did not reveal anything abnormal with our dog. Meanwhile, we can only keep our fingers crossed and keep close tabs on his condition.

Moving on, we have Darwin. Darwin is a boarding dog. This means that his rescuer pays for his lodging at our shelter each month. He was once a stray roaming the streets and he was absolutely terrified when he first arrived.

One look at Darwin and you'll realise that his bones protrude and his posture isn't like that of a normal dog's. A visit to the vet revealed that indeed, Darwin is no normal dog. He is a miracle dog. According to the vet, Darwin completely dislocated his right hip when he was younger. This means that his hip joint was entirely displaced from its socket. This could be due to a bad accident on the road or a nasty fall, we will never know. But because dislocation took place when he was still young, his body miraculously formed another socket for the displaced joint. Darwin has now got to undergo an operation to remove this extra portion from his anatomy because the pain is causing him to hunch quite a bit. Post operation, Darwin will be able to lead a normal life aside from a slight hop or limp when he walks.

Finally, a complete shocker we received in the past week has to do with our pretty miniature bull terrier you have heard so much about lately - Xena.

We thought that the worst was over for her but a few days after Furry Day, we received a call from the vet with some very bad news. Turns out that, the full body check-up that Xena underwent earlier revealed an enlargement and even hardening of her lymph nodes. There was also some bleeding in her abdomen. Lymphoma or cancer of the lymph nodes was highly suspected.

Just so you know, lymph nodes are small, circular organs found throughout our body and are used as filters to trap foreign particles. They form an essential part of our immune system. Whether lymphoma is treatable or not depends on the type and stage of the disease. Following the vet's advice, we have sent Xena's samples and biopsy to the US to be tested. This will take about 10 days and we are now currently still waiting anxiously for the results. We have also arranged for a potential foster home for Xena because the safe haven of a real home is critical to her recovery.

We didn't see this coming at all. No amount of planning prepared us for a cancer stricken dog. Treatment is going to cost. Each session of chemotherapy is going to cost $500. The chemo protocol is approximately 25 weeks long, so the complete treatment is going to cost us $12,500. This is a whopping sum of money. No, strike that. This is a completely scary sum of money. But you know what? If the vet advises that Xena undergo treatment, we are going to go along with it.

$12,500 sounds overwhelming, but we are going to take things one step at a time. $500 a week isn't so bad. There might be a lot of critics out there who violently object to our choice to treat cancer. But you must understand. Xena came back to us after 10 long months. Silly as this may sound, isn't this fate? We cannot leave her in the lurch now and not try.

Perhaps the lab test will come back negative. Perhaps our worries will be for naught. But we need to plan and we need to prepare. Should the worst come true for us, it will be a long battle ahead. If we set up a Xena fund, would you help?

Where our expenses are routine and predictable, we can act to deal with them. We take in dogs on boarding basis to supplement the rent. We scout around for pet food manufacturers for food nearing expiry and are no longer for sale. We launch the Sponsor-a-Dog program to help prop us up a little.

What sucks the most and hits us the hardest is when we can't predict. Because when we cannot predict, we cannot plan. Such health matters are a good example of what we face every month. Some months are better than others. This particular month doesn't look too good. But we're waiting with bated breath, still carrying out the hope that maybe Xena's case is nothing but one big fat false alarm. Let's keep our fingers crossed...

posted at:http://gentlepaws2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/health-matters.html

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lv the mini poodle

Status: For Adoption

Breed: Mini Poodle (Red)

Name: LV

Gender: Male

Spayed/Neutered: Not yet

Age: 1.5 Year

Reason for Being Given Up: Owner is too busy and posted oversea for work. She couldn’t fulfill the dog’s need for attention and companionship.

Good with humans: Perfectly well

Good with Dogs: Friendly

Dog's Temperament:
Active, joyful, enjoys walking & grooming. Barky when left alone.

Other Remarks:
(1) Typical pack leader and attention seeker - can be problematic if the owner is inexperienced in handling a dominant dog.
(2) Toilet trained: Yes but needs to be trained again at new place.
(3) Generally healthy. The dog can walk and stand normally but he can't jump after recovered from a fracture on left hind leg when he was a puppy.

Ideal Home: Private or Landed (without other dogs and cannot be caged)

Member putting up this adoption notice: Rehomer

Contact: Lester Email: loowaikok@hotmail.com HP:97882980

Adoption Fee: N/A, as long as you take good care him. The dog must be neutered.

Please pm with intro of yourself, age and occupation, family size and experience with or without dogs

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Last Update: 11 july 2010, http://www.dogsforum.sg/forums/index.php?showtopic=17307

Blackie the Mongrel

阿黑 aka Blackie, was found by rescuer after her siblings and mother were culled by the authorities.She's a very lovely, docile and friendly puppy who loves to play with other dogs.

Is there a kind family who will love her and give her a new lease of life she deserves? She's a true black beauty who will return u with alot unconditional love and licks!

If you are able to give her a home, pls contact 91027973 or email mdmwongshelter@hotmail.com

**Not HDB approved and must sterilize, microchip and license.

Last Update: 11 july 2010, http://forums.sgclub.com/singapore/aka_blackie_looking_284916.html