A new pilot programme by Singapore Zoo and SPCA is shining the spotlight on shelter dogs called Furever Yours. The programme aims to find forever homes for these dogs which have been at the SPCA shelter for some time. As part of the collaboration, Singapore Specials like Bruce receive training, fostering and adoption support from the team behind Singapore Zoo’s Animal Friends Show.
Caring for and nurturing the Singapore Specials is a foremost priority and to create individualised care and training programme for each shelter dog, the Animal Friends Show will welcome one SPCA dog at a time.
Bruce was rescued by the SPCA in May 2016, after he was found in the streets wearing a choke chain, and likely abandoned. There are many local community dogs like Bruce who are stigmatised as being unfriendly and are assumed to be untrainable.
Since joining the pack at the Animal Friends Show in August 2019, Bruce has been engaged in basic obedience training while learning behaviours to enrich his life and ease him into veterinary care procedures.
At first a reserved and cautious canine, Bruce has since shown his curious and friendly self, and enjoys buggy rides and daily walks around the zoo. Bruce will join his buddies in the Animal Friends Show, in the meantime, while he puts his best paw forward in the hope of finding himself a new family and forever home.
The Animal Friends Show advocates for adopting instead of shopping for pets to its audience.
Through this collaboration with the SPCA, Singapore Zoo hopes to grow awareness for shelter animals and promote pet adoptions. Wildlife Reserves Singapore and local animal welfare groups have previously joined hands for two adoption drives that were held at the zoo to help rescued animals find homes.
Prospective adopters can visit here to find out more and to begin the adoption process.