This has got to be one of the largest animal shelter migrations in Singapore. Served with notices from the Singapore Land Authority, residents of Pasir Ris Farmway have up till end of this year to give up their land to make way for industrial developments. More than 1,000 rescued dogs and close to 800 cats will be moved to Sungei Tengah in Kranji, where the SPCA is currently located.
There are currently 14 farms in Pasir Ris Farmway, with eight being ornamental fish farms, five pet farms, and one food fish farm. Alongside these are seven animal welfare groups (AWGs), including Animal Lovers League, Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD), and Lily Low Shelter.
SOSD’s president, Dr Siew Tuck Wah admitted that their lease had actually ended a long time ago, but did not know when they would have to move. “The lease was renewed yearly, so we had hoped the day would not come too soon,” he says. The panic only started setting in as the letters came trickling in—it served as a countdown, and that’s when everyone started to realise the move was becoming a reality.
The distance is a huge problem, admitted Dr Siew, as the big move would be from the East to the West of Singapore. While multiple vehicles would shorten the moving time, the long journey would still no doubt stress their animals.
To find out what other animal welfare groups had to say, flip to Paw Prints (pg 22) in our Feb-Mar 2017 issue!