Adopt, don’t shop! If you’re thinking of expanding the family by getting a pet, skip the visit to the pet store and drop by an adoption center instead! There are amazing ones in Singapore looking to rehome a variety of different animals, so you’ll no doubt be able to find a furkid that’s suitable for you and your family. We’ve rounded up some of the best pet adoption centers that have dedicated their time and resources to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming animals in need.
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SPCA Singapore is probably one of the most well-known adoption centers in Singapore, and they not only provide shelter for strays and abandoned pets, but also do animal rescue and veterinary care. They house a variety of different animals, like dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits, so you’ll easily be able to find the perfect pet to join your loving family. You can check their rehoming notice board for updates on adoptable pets.
SPCA Singapore, 50 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 699012, www.spca.org.sg
Action For Singapore Dogs is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to improve the welfare of stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. They do rescuing, fostering and rehoming. You can find the profiles of all the dogs they have up for adoption on their website, and each profile contains information like the gender and age of the dog, whether they’re HDB approved, and a short description of their personality. The website also explains the adoption procedure and adoption package.
Action For Dogs Singapore, 80 Lim Chu Kang Lane 1, Singapore 718911, www.asdsingapore.com
If you feel that the kids are not ready for pets like cats and dogs, why not adopt a hamster? The Hamster Society Singapore rescue and rehabilitate unwanted or neglected hamsters so that they can be rehomed. They have an adoption gallery on their site where you can check out all the adoptable hamsters - and they’re all really cute! They’ve even got a list of hamster care articles on the site that you can read if you need a little introduction to taking care of hamsters.
Hamster Society Singapore, www.hamstersociety.sg
If your family is looking to adopt an adorable Singapore Special, you might want to check out Exclusively Mongrels. Mongrels are a misunderstood breed, and the organization is helping to rehome these underdog strays. On their website, you can find a list of dogs that are currently up for adoption, but do not that not all of them are HDB-approved. The doggos are categorized under “HDB-approved” and “Not HDB-approved”, so it’ll be easy for you to take a look at their profiles before choosing. There’s also an adoption form on the site that you can fill up should you wish to proceed with expressing your interest.
Exclusively Mongrels, www.exclusivelymongrels.org
Cats make pretty fuss-free but affectionate pets, and could be perfect for your family and lifestyle. At Cat Paradise, you’re allowed to just visit and play with their cats, but they do also have felines that are up for adoption. They have adoptable cats that are single and also in pairs. All their cats are fully vaccinated, sterilised, de-flead and de-wormed. They’re also Fit/Felv negative and microchipped so you don’t have to worry.
Cat Paradise, 23 Upper Weld Rd, #02-01, Singapore 207380, www.catparadisesg.com
SOSD Singapore is a volunteer-run dog shelter that’s dedicated to Singapore’s street dogs.They’re against culling of strays, and rescue and rehabilitate street dogs. If you’re keen to adopt a Singapore Special, you can check out their adoption page to see their list of adorable dogs currently up for adoption. If you’re unsure whether your family is ready for a pet, but would like to care for a dog, you can also enquire about fostering instead.
SOSD Singapore, 59 Sungei Tengah Rd, #01-42, Singapore 699014, www.sosd.org.sg
At House Rabbit Society, they aim to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits in Singapore, as well as improve the welfare and living conditions of rabbits via education. Their website provides various information about rabbit behaviours and tips on taking care of rabbits, and on their Facebook page you can find a list of rabbits that are currently adoptable - photos included! Rabbits are gentle and lovable, and can be a great first pet for your kiddos at home.
House Rabbit Society, www.facebook.com/FHRSS
Purely Adoptions was formerly a Facebook group created way back in 2009 that shared posts about puppies and strays in Singapore that were up for adoption. Slowly, they have transformed into a community whose aim is raise awareness of abandoned pets in Singapore and rehome them. On the site, you’ll be able to find the bios of cats and dogs that are currently available for adoption, along with important information like their age, gender and personality traits. For first-time pet owners, they even have a rough guide on what to expect after adopting a pet - so that potential owners won’t make adoption decisions rashly.
Purely Adoptions, www.purelyadoptions.com
Causes For Animals Singapore is a non-profit organization and local shelter for cats and dogs. Besides adoption, they’ve also do sponsoring of dogs, medical aid, food drives, community care, stray management, and more. Their adoption center has dogs, puppies, cats and kittens for you to choose from, and they list the age and brief description of each pet on their webpage. Before you can bring your chosen furpal home for good, a meet-and-greet for the entire family is compulsory as well as an adoption trial.
Causes For Animals Singapore, 59 Sungei Tengah Rd, The Animal Lodge, www.causesforanimals.com
Animal Lovers League is a no-kill shelter that has rescued over 500 cats and dogs so far. They’re dedicated to rehoming pets and advocate adoption over buying. Besides adoption, the public can also contribute via donations, monthly pledges, or fostering. If you’re interested to adopt a pet, you can meet and interact with the furpals first, but do note that it’s by appointment only and no walk-ins are allowed. You can even check out past adoption stories on their website for a heartwarming read.
Animal Lovers League, 59 Sungei Tengah Rd, Block Q 01-29, Singapore 699014, www.animalloversleague.com
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