Daily Archives: December 13, 2006

Urgent! Help save Red-earred Slider Terrapins destined for death

From an email received today – this is a case in Singapore. Can you help? Contact Lynn (lynn_wailing @ yahoo . com) or Lizzie (my_healinghands_2003 @ yahoo . com)

Hi Friends,

If you know of anyone who would like to adopt a terrapin, please encourage them not to buy from pet shops but instead give one of these abandoned terrapins a chance before they are sentenced to death.

Last I heard, 100+ were mass killed. Now only 50+ left. I can’t believe people can be so cruel as to kill these terrapins, it’s such bad luck to kill a turtle. All animals yearn to survive but unlike us, their fate do not lie in their hands, but ours.

Please help if you can. If you can’t adopt one, please do what I’m doing…spread the word. Someone out there might just be thinking of heading to the pet shop to pick one up.

I thought of asking both of U cos’ U gals are active in saving and helping injured, sick, abused, or soon to be killed animals….

I have known of a source where there are probably approximately 50 nos. of Red-earred Slider Terrapins who were dumped by people who used to own them as pets and don’t want them anymore…. and if no one does anything to help save them , they would most probably be killed…. Though they may not look as cute as puppies, kitties or baby orang utans…but they are living beings too who deserve as much a chance to live as any other species….

Life span : 25 years – 40 years

Tank set up : Requires freshwater and land. Place the terrapin in a tank with shallow deep water, some logs or rock so that it can sun itself.

Care : Easy-Medium

Temperature : 20 – 26 C (69 – 78 F)

Habitat : The Red-eared terrapin inhabits still or slow flowing water with thick underwater vegetation. Primarily active during the day, it likes to haul out onto land, roots or floating logs to soak up the sun’s heat.

Diet : Red-eared sliders are omnivores, feeding on vegetation, insects, small fish, frogs and tadpoles. They eat more tadpoles fish and insects when young, switching to more plants as they age. “Turtle foods” comprising of dried river shrimps as sold in pet shops can be added as a source of roughage.

Do U have relevant informations on how to release them safely back into the sea or reservoirs as they are not the local species here…. ? or

Do U have any friends whom U know can take them in or if they have a private pond in a private estate/kampong…can adopt them as their pets…. ?

Please kindly let us know….before they all get killed

Can you help? Contact Lynn (lynn_wailing @ yahoo . com) or Lizzie (my_healinghands_2003 @ yahoo . com)


SOS – Help this poor dog

From the Singapore Community Cats blog, posted on 7 Dec 06:

Terrible suffering of a stray dog

This dog was picked up by Vincent and Phyllis this afternoon along the SLE.

It is now under the care of Dr Robin Au of Pet Clinic.

At least it is receiving care and tenderness now. It is unlikely to survive.

If you wish to contribute to the expenses at the vet, please contact Vincent at 94897626

Please help if you can.

(Edit:Update: The poor dog is surviving and is now Pongo!)

Counting blessings

Izzy getting sick so soon after going home, makes us even more appreciative of responsible adopters.

It would seem a given that adopters are immediately fully responsible for the kitty once they bring the cat home.

But reality is different. A friend who also does rehoming, told us how an adopter called her mere days after bringing home a cat. The adopted cat was sick, and the adopter expected her to do everything on her behalf – bring the cat to a vet, pay the bills, nurse the cat back to health and return the cat to the adopter.

This friend was peeved, to say the least. She was also genuinely concerned – if the adopter is not even willing to be responsible so soon after adoption, what’s going to happen if the cat develops some issues in old-age?

The truth is, cats do get stressed easily, and being adopted is a big scary process – sometimes they can’t cope, and their systems react to the stress by geting some down time aka they fall sick.

We’ve been lucky so far *crossed fingers* – not that the cats we adopt out are all super-healthy, but the fact is, these adopters do understand the meaning of adopting a cat and being responsible cat parents hereafter. They take care of the vet visits and nursemaiding themselves. One adopter informed us about the illness only after the cat is recovered – they were concerned that if they let us know earlier, we might demand the cat’s return because they thought we would accuse them of being neglectful parents for letting the cat fall sick. Another, Sara’s parents notified us and kept us updated (ref: 1, 2, 3).

Izzy’s dad, HB has been great with updates too. In fact, I apologised for Izzy giving him wallet burn so soon. But he was gracious and said it’s his responsibility to ensure Izzy’s health and well-being are looked after.

In both Sara and Izzy’s cases, we were prepared for the kitties to be returned (motto: hope for the best but be prepared for the worst). After all they were still newly adopted, an the bond may not be firmly established yet. That they did not do so, but did what was necessary for the cats’ sake, really helps remind us that there are good people on this earth.

Adopters like the one my friend encountered are not that prevalent, but they do exist, and we hope we don’t encounter any like that – it would be a headache, unfai and stressful for the cat.

So we count our blessings, and hope that all adopters are responsible cat parents like most of the ones we’ve encountered so far.

Reports – Sunday 10 Dec 2006

This Sunday past was a busy day. I was so flat out I didn’t update tec. So here’s some retro-blogging: