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Where To Find A Pet: 6 Best Adoption Centers in Singapore



Are you looking to add a furry friend to your family? Adopting a pet can be a great way to bring joy, companionship, and a new level of responsibility into your life. In Singapore, there are numerous animal shelters and rescues that offer a range of pets for adoption. From cats and dogs to rabbits and guinea pigs, you're sure to find your perfect match. Here are the 9 best adoption centers in Singapore to start your search.




The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Singapore is the oldest animal welfare organization in the country. They house dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals for adoption. They also provide medical treatment, rehabilitation, and rehoming services for animals in need.


The SPCA Singapore places a significant emphasis on treating all animals with kindness and respect. In addition, they tirelessly educate the public on animal welfare. If you're considering adopting a pet from them, the adoption fees are as follows: for dogs, they range from S$25 to S$250; for cats, they range from S$25 to S$100; and for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas or hamsters, they range from S$10 to S$100.


The fees cover necessary medical treatments such as vaccination, sterilization, deworming, and microchipping with registration. The final adoption fee will depend on factors such as the breed, age, health condition, and duration of the animal has been in their care.


The SPCA Singapore keeps a regularly updated rehoming notice board, which features information on adoptable pets. Personal adoption notices from other pet owners are also included. Currently, the animal shelter is only open for adoption viewings by appointment.


How to adopt a pet:

1. Go to their website and choose a pet by browsing their adoption gallery.

2. Book an appointment. Slots will be released 7 days beforehand.

3. Show up for your appointment on time.

  • Present your ID or show the confirmation email at the SPCA for verification purposes

  • If all is good, you can adopt the animal on the spot when you visit SPCA; you will need documents showing your address and your passport

  • If you’re adopting a cat, it is compulsory to mesh windows and doors at home

  • A counselor might require additional family members to come down or do premises check – in such cases, conditions must be fulfilled before the adoption

  • The whole procedure should not take more than an hour




Animal Lovers League (ALL) specializes in dog and cat adoptions. They offer a variety of breeds and sizes, including mixed breeds.


As Singapore's largest and longest-running registered charity for rescued animals, ALL has a strict no-kill policy. They are dedicated to reuniting pets with loving families while providing food, shelter, and medical treatment for their animals in the meantime. Additionally, ALL helps to feed stray dogs and cats on the streets.


There are no adoption fees If you want to adopt a pet from this animal shelter. However, the adoption process is thorough to ensure that each pet finds a loving home. All adoption visits are by appointment only, after going through a procedural screening.


If you're not ready to adopt a pet, there are still plenty of ways to help out in the animal community. You can become a donor, sponsor, or volunteer for ALL. As a sponsor, you can share the burden of medical treatment or fund a pet's daily expenses without taking them home. Interested volunteers can also join the team as pet nannies and show some love to these furry friends.


How to adopt a pet:

1. Book an appointment to meet the pet you want to adopt.

2. Undergo an interview and a home visit to ensure you can care for your chosen pet.

3. Begin the adoption process with a 2-week homestay trial.

4. Sign the Adoption Form after completing the trial.

5. The Animal Lovers League will keep in touch to check on your progress.




Causes for Animals (CAS) is a non-profit organization providing adoption services for a variety of furry friends, including cats, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. With three decades of experience, CAS is a trusted advocate for animal welfare offering a comprehensive rescue and adoption program and effective stray management initiatives. On top of that, they also conduct workshops and awareness campaigns in schools.


CAS goes above and beyond the norm by providing a nurturing environment for all strays in its care. Animals are taken in, rehabilitated, vaccinated, and fostered. The organization is dedicated to ensuring that all pets find a loving home where they can thrive.


Adoption fees vary depending on the type of pet and its age. For male and female dogs above six months who will be living in private housing, the adoption fee is S$250. However, for male and female dogs who will be living in an HDB flat, there is a Project ADORE fee of S$250 in addition to S$250 for six sessions of basic obedience classes. Puppies can be adopted for S$100, but it is compulsory to attend four group sessions of puppy socialization classes, which are priced at $200. For cats and kittens who will be adopted into private housing, the adoption fees range from S$100 to S$150.


All adoption fees include initial vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick treatment, and microchipping. CAS also offers an optional adoption pack for S$100, which includes kibble, canned food, treats a durable leash, a martingale collar, a toy, a playpen, and shampoo.


To ensure that all pets receive the care and attention they deserve, CAS encourages first-time dog owners to attend training classes with their newly adopted pets. These classes are designed to teach owners how to live and work effectively with their pets, ensuring a happy and harmonious relationship.


How To adopt a pet:

1. Contact CAS by email or hotline and fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire.

2. Schedule a visit to the shelter with your family (and pets on a later visit) to meet potential pets.

3. If you find a suitable pet, you will have a homestay trial with them, followed by a home visit 4. to ensure the pet's safety.

4. If everything goes well, finalize the adoption by signing an agreement.




If you're on the hunt for a feline friend, look no further than the Cat Welfare Society. The Cat Welfare Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the welfare of community adult cats and kittens in Singapore.


But unlike traditional adoption centers, this charitable organization doesn't keep cats in a shelter. Instead, they've created a public cat adoption board, where cat owners and enthusiasts can post details of cats that need permanent homes or new foster families.


Additionally, the society works hand in hand with volunteers to provide educational outreach, foster care programs, rescues, and adoption drives. It's the perfect chance to show some love to our furry little friends.


Adoption fees may vary and are typically a combination of two costs related to rescue work: medical expenses (such as vaccinations, deworming, and Revolution) and daily costs (such as food, litter, and transportation).


How to adopt a pet:

1. Research and evaluate if you're ready to adopt a cat using the Adoption Questionnaire.

2. Browse CWS's Instagram, their adoption board, or attend their adoption drives to find a cat. Each cat has a different rehomer who can align expectations before you meet the cat.

3. If there's chemistry when you meet the cat, the rehomer will verify your home is catproofed before arranging a handover.

4. If all goes well, complete the adoption with a signed contract between you and the rehomer. A trial period may be discussed beforehand.





Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2000 to help stray and abandoned dogs. Their goal is to rescue, foster, and rehome these dogs, and so far, they've found new homes for over 3,000 canines. They also have an Adoption & Rescue Centre (ARC) that houses 150 dogs and runs a sterilization program for dogs across the island.


If you're interested in adopting a dog, you can visit their website and browse their selection of pedigrees and Singapore Specials. Each dog's information, including name, gender, age, and HDB approval status, is provided alongside their cute portrait shots. You can also meet the dogs in person at their regular adoption drives.


Adoption fees for male or female local crossbreed dogs are S$300, while male or female pedigree dogs are S$400. These fees cover a health check, vaccinations, microchipping, and sterilization. However, you'll be responsible for the cost of subsequent vaccinations. If the dog hasn't been sterilized at the time of adoption, ASD will contact you when your pet is old enough to schedule an appointment with one of their vets. Just note that they can't cover the cost if you have the procedure done elsewhere.


How to adopt a pet:

1. Visit the Dogs For Adoption section on ASD's website and select a dog you're interested in adopting.

2. Fill out the Adoption Application Form that will be emailed to you after selecting dogs.

3. The ASD Rehoming Team will assess if they have any suitable dogs for you after receiving your completed form.

4. If you're shortlisted, an Adoption Counselor will contact you within 2 weeks to discuss your suitability for the dog you've chosen. If the dog isn't suitable for your family, they'll suggest other dogs.

5. You'll have a viewing and bonding session with the dog to assess your interaction with it.

6. If the viewing goes well and you're keen to adopt the dog, ASD will require photos and videos of your house to assess its security and suitability. They'll advise you on necessary changes or safety measures.

7. ASD will arrange a date to bring the dog to you, and email you a list of items to prepare. They'll also advise you on food, collars, harnesses, leashes, and tick/heartworm preventive measures.

8. For adult dogs, there's a 2-week homestay period during which you'll sign a Homestay Agreement accepting responsibility. For puppies, there's no homestay period, and adoption must be finalized immediately (not applicable for Project ADORE adoptions).

9. Your Adoption Counselor will keep in touch during the 2-week homestay period to advise and answer questions. If you choose not to adopt the dog, it will be removed from your care.

10. At the end of the 2 weeks, your Adoption Counselor will check if you're ready to proceed with the adoption. If so, ASD will email you the Adoption Agreement to sign and collect the adoption fee.

11. You'll need to apply for a dog license at the time of adoption.




More of a rabbit lover? The House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS) is immensely dedicated to all things rabbit, including welfare, adoption, and education. But unlike most animal welfare groups, HRSS does not operate a shelter but works with a network of foster parents who help to care for rescued rabbits at their homes.


The volunteer group rescues and rehomes abandoned bunnies which you can have a look at their Facebook page where its gallery of adoptable bunnies is updated every week. Due to the long-time commitment of taking care of rabbits, potential adopters are home-screened (only cage-free housing is allowed) and interviewed by the team prior to adoption.


All adopters will be encouraged to join with a one-time charge of $50 and this entitles you to discounts at their partnering online pet store as well as HRSS grooming services


How to adopt a pet:

1. Fill out HRSS's online adoption form to begin the process.

2. If HRSS determines that you're a suitable adopter, they'll arrange a house visit to meet with you and your family. During this visit, they will discuss rabbit care and identify a suitable space in your home for the rabbit. If you plan to adopt an HRSS rabbit to be a companion for your own rabbit, HRSS requests that your rabbit first be sterilized.

3. Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit and interact with your chosen HRSS rabbit at its foster home or at an adoption event.

4. Before your adopted rabbit arrives, HRSS will provide you with a list of essential items to purchase. They work with selected online pet stores to offer reasonably priced supplies.

5. An HRSS volunteer will bring the rabbit to your house and assist with the setup. They will also provide feeding guidelines to keep the rabbit healthy and happy. During the one-month trial period, the HRSS volunteer will keep in touch to assist and advise as needed.

6. If you wish to proceed with the adoption after the trial period, you'll sign an adoption agreement form during a visit from your HRSS liaison volunteer. If you are unable to proceed with the adoption, HRSS will take the rabbit back to foster care.


Conclusion

Adopting a pet is a wonderful decision that can bring joy and fulfillment to your life. There are many pet adoption centers that offer a variety of animals for adoption. While each center has its own unique adoption process and requirements, they all share the common goal of finding loving homes for their animals.


Whether you choose to adopt from a local animal shelter or a national rescue organization, you can feel good knowing that you are making a positive impact on an animal's life. Take the time to research and find the adoption center that is right for you and your family, and welcome a new furry friend into your home today.


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