Singapore’s largest dog adoption event returns on a bigger scale as more animal welfare groups, government and private partners come together with a common aim to educate the nation on responsible pet ownership and encourage animal compassion. The 3rd edition of National Geographic Channel (NGC) Free Pet Shop kicked off on Saturday, 4th October and will be open to the public on 5th October at Big Splash, East Coast Park, 12 noon to 6pm.
The NGC Free Pet Shop features about 150 dogs up for adoption, presented by eight participating no-kill dog shelters – Action for Singapore Dogs, Animal Lovers League, Causes for Animals, Gentle Paws, Noah’s Ark Cares, Save Our Street Dogs, Three Legs Good, and Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter– over the weekend. This doubles the number of participating dog shelters since its inaugural edition, matched by a 60% growth in the community of partners like the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Subaru, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group, StarHub and other private organisations.
Dog owners and the public are treated a delightful weekend out for both humans and canines as participating industry partners such as The Barkery SG, Furry Photos, Solid Gold, A Pawz Dog Sports Academy gave out free dog treats, dog obedience tips, built an obstacle course for furry friends to test their agility and indulge in a fun day out as they socialize with other dogs and humans. Presenting sponsor Subaru also built Singapore’s largest dog water dish for canines to splash in for a dip from the sweltering hot sun.
A 60% increase in the number of dog shelters and participating partners reflects a growth in the community supporting the cause for adoption of strays and abandoned dogs in Singapore. Dog shelters have reported a rise in public awareness of Project ADORE as they observe a majority of HDB dwellers enquiring about dog adoption, out of over 100 interested potential adopters.
Observed veterinarian surgeon Dr. Teo Jia Wen, Mount Pleasant Vetenirary Group, “The younger generation in their 20s to early 40s place an important emphasis on regular canine treatment as they view pets as an integral part of their lives, compared to the older generation who may view dogs as guard dogs. Dog owners today are better educated on expenses required to care for their dogs, and through television shows as well as an increasing number of public areas and lifestyle spots allowing dogs within vicinities, they are able to gather information and support from various supporting facilities.”
Vice-President of Action for Singapore Dogs, Ms. Wendy Low, who is in her 40s, said, “It was heartening to meet people whose mindsets have changed when they brought a dog into their lives. I met a Singaporean married couple who have rescued a Singapore Special mixed-breed dog who proved that adopted dogs are no different than pure breeds sold in pet shops. They have not looked back since and have registered interest in their second dog this afternoon.”
The NGC Free Pet Shop will continue on Sunday 5th October at Big Splash (East Coast) from 12pm to 6pm. The NGC Free Pet Shop also functions as a one-stop information centre for animal lovers and potential dog lovers to learn more about the processes of dog adoption, responsible pet ownership and a supporting network of pet-care services available in Singapore.
For regular updates, profiles of dogs available for adoption, and programme of activities, visit www.facebook.com/NGCFreePetShop.
Photo Credits : National Geographic Channel