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The best animal shelters to adopt a pet in Singapore

Adopt don't shop. Pick up your new best friend for life at these animal shelters and organisations

Cam Khalid
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Cam Khalid
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Before welcoming a four-legged addition to your family, here's a question to ponder: why not adopt a rescue? Sadly, Singapore is littered with strays and abandoned pets that result in overcrowded animal shelters. Listen to your heart and follow the paw trail to these adoption centres that have plenty of cats, dogs, rabbits and more looking for a place to call a forever home.

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Keepcats
Photograph: Keepcats

Keepcats

Keepcats is a small, self-funded animal welfare group run by volunteers who are passionate about giving stray and abandoned cats a better life. The team depend heavily on fosterers who house the cats – whether temporarily or if they choose to make it more of a permanent situation. Keepcats are also involved in animal rescues, rehabilitation and provides medical care to abandoned, sick or vulnerable cats. With the current situation making physical meet-ups a little more difficult, you can start by looking at all the cats who need a home on the Instagram account and enquire directly.

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  • Western Water CA

When it comes to animal welfare, the first name that springs to mind is top-dog, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The Society emphasises the importance of treating all animals with kindness and respect, and schools everyone on animal welfare and more. It also conducts a 24-hour emergency animal rescue, runs a shelter for strays, rehomes abandoned pets, and carries out complementary veterinary care as well as spay and neuter services. Its rehoming notice board is regularly updated with adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, and includes the personal adoption notices of other pet owners too. At the moment, the shelter is open for adoption viewing through appointments only.

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Give a kitty a forever home with the help of the Love Kuching Project. The group rescues and rehabilitate sick and injured community cats, and encourages the love of cats as companion animals through cat-assisted therapy. Each adoptable kitten and cat has a personality of its own and is trained and socialised to adapt to a multi-cat household and more. Some cats even go on programmes to act as 'therapy cats' in homes for the elderly. The cats can be viewed via the Pawsome Bulletin Board and Instagram. Before you decide to adopt a cat, you will need to fill up a questionnaire on the website.

Action for Singapore Dogs
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  • Yishun

Besides providing boarding services for furkids whose humans are abroad, Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) has been actively involved in rehabilitating and rehoming stray dogs with its Adoption and Rescue Centre (ARC) located in Lim Chu Kang. The project also runs a sterilisation programme for canines islandwide. Find your new BFF via its website where details of each dog such as name, gender, age and HDB approval status are reflected next to its adorable portrait shot. 

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Animal Lovers League
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  • Pasir Ris

Home to about 700 stray and rescued dogs and cats, Animal Lovers League is one to look out for when it comes to adopting. Stressing its no-kill policy, the project houses them until they are rehomed – even if it takes forever. Its adoption process includes one-on-one interactions with a furry one, being interviewed and paid a home visit to make sure that you’re all equipped, a two-week homestay for your new furbaby to adjust to its new digs, and if all goes well – congratulations, you’re now a pet owner! P.S. You don’t even have to worry about any adoption fees. 

Mutts 'n' Mittens
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Whether you’re making room for a mutt or a mitten, this is one community that has your back. On top of its boarding services – decked with a pool for the doggies – Mutts ‘n’ Mittens also houses rescued strays that are up for foster homes and adoption. You can find them listed on its Instagram page. Make an appointment today to meet your potential furkid and interact with them in several visits before signing adoption papers.

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Causes for Animals Singapore
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Causes for Animals Singapore

With 30 years of experience under its belt, the Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS) is heavily involved in animal welfare by raising awareness in schools and workshops, introducing a rescue and adoption program, and practising a stray management program. Not only are strays taken in, but they are also rehabilitated, vaccinated and fostered. Can’t wait to welcome a new family member? Contact CAS to enquire more. 

Cat Welfare Society

Cat Welfare Society

Hey, kitty kitty. If you’re looking for a feline friend, the Cat Welfare Society is here to hit you up. Unlike most adoption centres, the charity doesn’t house and shelter cats. Instead, it features a public cat adoption board where cat lovers and pet owners are invited to post details of cats that need a forever home or a new foster family. The project also works with volunteers to conduct educational outreach, foster care programmes, rescues and adoption drives – the purr-fect opportunity to give the lil’ kitties some sweet love.

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House Rabbit Society Singapore

House Rabbit Society Singapore

More of a rabbit lover? The House Rabbit Society Singapore is immensely dedicated to all things rabbit, including welfare, adoption and education. The volunteer group rescues and rehomes abandoned bunnies which you can have a look at their Facebook page where its gallery of adoptable furbabies are updated every week. Due to the long-time commitment of taking care of rabbits, potential adopters are home screened (only cage-free housing are allowed) and interviewed by the team prior to adoption – take note!

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