Dog Welfare

Adopt a Dog: 11 Dog Adoption Organisations in Singapore

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Save lives by adopting a dog! If you and your family are ready to open up your hearts to a rescue, approach some of these 11 dog adoption centres.

Mama always tells me that I’m a lucky dog, and I totally agree! Even though I wasn’t rescued or abandoned and put up for dog adoption, I wasn’t well-taken care of by my breeder and was put up for a quick and cheap sale. I shudder to imagine what would have happened to me if I ended up in a bad place.

While I have found my forever home, there are many dogs out there who are unwanted or mistreated, and they are waiting for some kind people to turn their luck and lives around.

If you are looking to adopt and save lives (by adopting you free up resources for other dogs in need), you can approach the following dog adoption groups.

11 Dog Adoption Organisations in Singapore

Dog Adoption Singapore SOSD

1. Action for Singapore Dogs

Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) is a no-kill non-profit organization established in 2000 to improve the welfare of stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. ASD was officially registered with the Registry Of Societies in 2002. 

3. Animal Lovers League

Animal Lovers League (ALL) is a registered charity and home to about 700 dogs and cats. Animals under their care include vagrant, abandoned, traumatised, abused and rescued animals. ALL is strictly no-kill.

4. Causes for Animals Singapore

Causes for Animals is a registered animal welfare charity set up to support the needs of local animal welfare in Singapore. They employ programs and policies to promote best practice, ethical, sustainable, and compassionate treatment of animals.

Dog Adoption Causes for Animals Singapore

5. Exclusively Mongrels Limited

Exclusively Mongrels Limited is a non-profit organization that believes ‘class’ has nothing to do with breed. It is set up by non-pedigree dog owners who appreciate the uniqueness of their own dogs and recognize that they are something to be proud of – neither inferior nor superior to pedigrees, but equally loving, fun to be with, and valuable in their own right.

They do not have a shelter as they firmly believe that a home environment with regular human interaction and socialisation is a more conducive place for a dog to thrive.

See also: 7 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community

Dog Adoption Singapore Exclusively Mongrels Limited

6. HOPE Dog Rescue

HOPE Dog Rescue is a group of volunteer animal lovers who feel strongly that all animals should be treated with love and respect. Despite having full-time jobs or studies, they are determined to help animals who are abused, neglected or abandoned.

HOPE does not manage a physical shelter, depending on the commitment of volunteers and fosterers to help out with rescue work.

7. Noah’s Ark Cares

Noah’s Ark Cares is the Singapore arm of Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS), located in Malaysia, Johor Bahru. Its mission is to raise animal welfare awareness, educate students in schools, and rescue and rehome animals within Singapore.

For those who are interested in learning more about their work in Malaysia, you can register for one of their regular coach tours to their sanctuary in Johor Bahru.

8. Purely Adoptions

Purely Adoptions is a registered group that helps to rehome stray animals and family pets and to assist individual rescuers and stray feeders. They don’t run a physical shelter but strive to be the most effective adoption page on Facebook.

Dog Adoption Purely Adoptions Singapore

9. Save our Street Dogs

Save our Street Dogs (SOSD) is a registered society with IPC status, unified by the common passion and conviction to be the voice of homeless strays – to champion their cause and to bring about a positive change in their lives.

Basically, SOSD’s mission is to advocate and educate, rescue and rehome, and humanely control the stray population through their sterilisation programme.

10. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been around in Singapore since the 1800s and is a registered animal welfare charity with IPC status. Their recent move to 50 Sungei Tengah Road is definitely a huge milestone towards a better and bigger environment for rescued and abandoned animals in their care.

SPCA is not a no-kill shelter.

11. Voices for Animals

Voices for Animals is a registered group of animal lovers that strives to give animals a voice to tell their stories. While they are known for rescuing ex-breeding dogs, VFA is involved in rescuing and rehoming all animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and other domesticated pets) and stray feeding.

Have a dog adoption story to share with us? We’re all ears!

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  1. Pan Chloe

    November 30, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    some rescue groups like to bad mouth about other, thinking their way to do things is superior and others that done differently from them are wrong, they mainly aim to increase their portfolio to get dogs rescued under other charities to be registered under them. Please do not donate or support these groups. please do your own research as their character can be seen through their own personal social media.

    • Vanillapup

      December 1, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Hi Chloe, thanks for sharing what you think! It’s not surprising that such issues exist because everyone has a different way of doing things and may be opinionated in that regard. What’s important is that we find a shelter that we respect and that truly means well for the animals in need.

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