We started as a handful of volunteers who feed stray dogs every evening in the eastern side of Singapore. It all began in 2009 when one of us spotted a skeleton-thin dog standing in the middle of a two-laned road in an industrial area and gave the dog her takeaway dinner – a packet of chicken rice. And from that evening onward, rain or shine, the dog will faithfully wait at that same corner of the road at the same hour every day for the same person to come and feed her. Today, by this similar kind of acquaintances, we feed about 50 dogs over a few locations daily. We have also sterilized and got many of them adopted to good homes with which we still keep in touch.
There are only two choices to most things in life and we can choose the easier one – to ignore the plight of the street dogs. If we do this, there are just a few inevitable outcomes that will befall them.
Outcome 1: Out of hunger, these homeless dogs will venture out from their “safe” hideouts onto the main roads and busy streets in desperate search for food. When that happens, it is not only the adult dogs that get killed on the roads. The death toll for puppies is just as high.
Outcome 2: Puppies, ranging from 1-6 months old, will end up on the dinner tables of nearby Thai and Chinese workers.
Outcome 3: Before the puppies can grow up to be of a defensive size (about 8-10 months old), some of them get kicked, beaten or hit with hard objects to death.