Hero for the hounds

Derrick Tan's bad boy days are over. He now hides a big heart behind his tattoo-clad exterior, as he helms Voices for Animals—the animal welfare group that gives ex-breeding dogs a second shot at being loved.
By Pets Team
Published on Thursday, 14 April 2016

Derrick Tan, 35, has had his share of run-ins with the law—the ex-gangster sniffed glue and was arrested for rioting—but the animal lover has since turned over a new leaf. He volunteered at animal shelters for over eight years before finally founding Voices for Animals (VFA) in 2010.

The dogs get weekly showers and monthly grooming sessions, and here, they are having their daily exercise at the outdoor play area.

Most of VFA's animals are from breeding farms, but there are some abuse and abandonment cases as well. Volunteers are split into teams to handle operations like adoption screening, rescues, social media, and more. To date, VFA has rehomed over 1,500 animals (comprising mostly dogs, but including cats, rabbits, and small animals as well), and there are currently 250 dogs at the shelter. Every weekend, around 10 volunteers on duty spend a full day at VFA to feed the dogs and clean their living quarters.


To read about the dogs of VFA and more, flip to Pet Cause of our Apr-May 2016 issue!