Food aid for Uncle Lee’s Dogs

Donors: In memory of Wolf from Chow Yi Lin, an anonymous donor, donors from Boost, donors from TnG, Ahmad Amir Kamil, Avant Pet Sdn Bhd, Bunny’s Place & Ginger’s Catio, Davina Goh & Friends, Jasmine Ee, Khoo Ming-Yi, Kok Khee Wee, Kwan Pei Kuan, Mong Looi, NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan, Ong Shwu Chen, SharonLin Ooi, Tan Lai Fun, Tan Tay Thye, Wan Tai Seng, Wong Chin Kuan, AnimalCare donors (reserve fund).

The petfood:

Vitalplus dog kibble 18kg (lamb) – 5 packs

Alps Chunky canned food for dogs 1230g x 12
– Lamb – 2 boxes
– Salmon – 2 boxes
– Turkey – 2 boxes

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

Uncle Lee says a big thank you to all donors.

Uncle Lee looks after 41 dogs. We were very relieved to hear that he has finally moved back the 12 dogs from the factory-converted shelter to his home now. We were constantly worried about the dogs being there and Uncle Lee having to cart food and water there every day after work. The arrangement wasn’t very sustainable. So we are happy to hear that all the dogs are together now.

As for the dogs’ meals, Uncle Lee still cooks rice with meat parts for the dogs 2-3 times a week. At other times, the dogs are fed kibble or canned food mixed with rice. This would be the kibble and canned food provided by us. With our provisions, his costs on feeding the dogs have been cut by more than half. We are glad to be of some help.

Uncle Lee sells vegetables at the market to make ends meet and to look after his dogs. They were all rescued by him over the years.

This is Uncle Lee at his vegetable stall. His stall is located about 50m away from the covered wet market. It is a roadside stall.

Two of his dogs follow him to his stall daily.

It is hard work making ends meet with a small stall like this.

Here are some photos of his dogs:

It is really challenging for a dog rescuer or dog feeder in this country when dogs have such a difficult life on the street even if they have already been neutered. To keep the dogs safe, very often the rescuer or feeder would have to bring them home. We empathise with all these challenges faced.

When compared to cats, dogs often pose more difficulties. For one, they are bigger in size, so if they are left on the street, it isn’t easy for them to hide from humans. Dogs are also naturally more friendly and trusting towards humans, not knowing that some humans may not like them or have ill intentions towards them. Dogs have a natural instinct to move in packs; they might attack when provoked and some humans may have a tendency to provoke them, either out of ignorance or on purpose. Dogs bark as it is their natural instinct and again, some humans find this disturbing

If only humans can be more understanding and allow a dog to be a dog instead of expecting them to “behave”. And please, if you don’t like them, just please stay away from them. They usually do not attack unless they are provoked.

On the other hand, dogs are known to be man’s best friend. They can be the kindest, most loyal, most grateful companion animals. If we treat them with even the tiniest bit of kindness, they return it, ten times more.

For those who are not aware of my past, I have had dogs since I was born and I grew up with dogs as companion animals. Our last dog, Bobby, passed away in 2012, so that would be decades of having dogs, but only as companion animals. I only have 17 years’ experience with cats, all rescued. So very often, the question comes up, why do I only have cats now? The reason is, I practise what we preach – CNRM on our own street, keeping it small and manageable. So with my own limited resources, this is what I can do now – caring for only 18 cats.

So to all feeders and carers of street animals: Please keep it small and manageable because the animals, once taken under your care, totally and completely depend on you for everything. Even if you can only save one, you would have changed the whole world for that one animal and made it better for them!