Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

This topic is something close to my heart, so I am sharing this post with you. :)

This is Miki, I adopted him 11 years ago when he was 3 years old.

Last week, we were invited by NTUC FairPrice for a movie screening of Penguins of Madagascar.

Most of us must be familiar with NTUC FairPrice as we frequently do our grocery shopping there, but most of us are not aware that since 1973, through FairPrice Foundation (a registered charity of FairPrice), FairPrice has donated S$76 million for its philanthropic efforts to the community since its establishment in 2008. Theses efforts showed how FairPrice is committed to its social mission to moderate the cost of living with a focus to provide a better life for the community. 

While the primary efforts by FairPrice focuses on helping the needy and community bonding, FairPrice has noticed a trend in rising pet ownership in Singapore, as well as growing awareness of pet adoption and push for stiffer laws against animal abuse. As such, FairPrice had also been actively working hard to be part of the voice for animals to build a more caring and harmonious community. They even have staffs to go to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to volunteer regularly!

And if you haven't heard about it since years ago, SPCA is moving to Sungei Tengah as its lease at Mount Vernon is ending in December 2014, but building the bigger and better shelter requires a lot of funds. Thus, FairPrice Foundation sponsored the movie screening, to help raise building funds for SPCA.

If your children are asking for owning a pet, please remember it's a lifelong commitment, just like raising our very own children. You can read here for more insights on pet ownership for your considerations. The cute little puppy will grow old faster than we do, have bad breath, have skin diseases, falls sick or ill and leave the world when it's lifespan is up. Sadly, there are many reasons for pet abandonment and it's really really heartbreaking. Before you ever buy a new pet, do consider carefully if you will be having children in future, if you can care for it till its end and...... consider adopting instead of buying so that you can give abandoned animals a second chance.

If you would like to help in the prevention of cruelty to animals, there are also many ways! You can be a volunteer with SPCA, sponsor a Kennel/Cattery/Nursery, help them in their fund raising campaigns, or become a foster parent for the animals at the shelter!

Remember a pet is for life!

Miki is 14 years old now. He is almost blind and deaf and has very bad breath now,
but he is still the same dog that loves without asking for return. 

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