Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We will be bringing 8 pups and 4 adult dogs for adoption (all the pups and dogs on the advert will be there too). You will be able to interact with the dogs/pups, take them for a walk (as it is an empty land).
Food or item donation and sponsorship towards sterilization & medical costs are very welcome. Dry or canned dog food, siam rice, towels, medicated shampoo etc.
We are also recruiting volunteers, interest parties please come and meet us this coming Sunday.
Please meet us there and show your support !
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
For your reading. "Puppy Mills" - In Brunei we should call them as "Home Breeders". CAS hope to create awareness to choose to adopt a pet instead of buying from pet shop in Miri or Home Breeders in Brunei. These people are out to earn $. They will not take care of the animals they have. If you continue to support them ...by buying their "products", they will continue to produce. Most of them will also come with genetic problems because of continuous breeding. Adopt our BRUNEI SPECIALS! They are equally loving as a pure.
The Puppy Mills in Singapore breed.http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/puppy-mills-pet-store-337803
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Whether its a mixed or pedigree breed, all dogs are special and could be one's best friend!
Today, CAS has the privilege to attend an observer session at an old folk's home with a volunteer group known as Therapy Dogs (Singapore), in Singapore. Their dogs are so mild, friendly and love interacting with humans.
I, as a CAS representative, am so glad to be part of today's session. It is a pity that no photo-taking is allowed at the hall of the old folks' home. Otherwise I would be able to share with you all the smiles on the faces of the elderly during their interaction with the doggies, such as giving treats, combing and stroking along the dog's fur.
Each dog injects unconditional love and warmth into the life of these fragile old folks, who are lonely, abandoned by their children or with no kin. They are so happy to meet and greet the volunteers and the dogs. Some old folks may not even remember when have they last smiled....but today, these dogs put a grin on their faces!
Extracted from Therapy Dogs, Singapore, it says: "Interaction with therapy dogs can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety & depression, lessen the feelings of loneliness and isolation, increase the attention span of children with learning difficulties, eg. autism, attention deficit, hyperactive disorder, developing more independence, confidence & mobility, experiencing less pain, facilitate socialization & acceptance between people."
CAS hopes that one day, our dogs in Brunei will become therapy dogs so as to help many children with autism and other patients with mental illness or terminally-ill to improve their quality of life and well-being. No doubt it would be a long and tough journey to accomplish the project of therapy dogs in Brunei, as long as we strongly hold the vision in our minds, WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT!
EVERY LITTLE EFFORT COUNTS!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
We received a call on Thursday evening reporting a serious injured dog at Tungku Link. Activated one of our volunteer to check this out and found the dog. Initially we thought it might be a car accident. However, after assessing in detail and similarities with the Gadong Mother Dog case, we suspect this female dog also suffered from TVT - Transmissable Veneral Tumor, a sexually transmitted disease among dogs.
As it was too late to get a vet, we went there again the next morning with the vet to assess her condition. We searched for nearly one hour and could not find her. Just when we were about to leave, she suddenly appeared in front of us, trying to cross the busy roads. Quickly we ran up to her and called for her. Amazingly she walked to us with much difficulty, as though trying to say "Pls help me". We brought her back to the clinic to assess and confirmed this is another case of TVT. However her condition has worsened and her disease has spread and caused damage to her whole body. Infection already set in through all her hind legs, and her yellow gums showed she has damaged liver. She is also covered with fleas and infected skin conditions too.
We regret to inform we have to put her down to end her suffering. At least, she "sleeps" well now and do not have to suffer the life as strays.. This is the harsh reality of being a stray..
This is an important education to all of our supporters. We should understand and know the importance of spaying your female pet. Not only it will reduce overpopulation and helped to control abandon puppies, many cancerous disease like these cases could be prevented. You could make a difference to their lives!
REST IN PEACE, BABY...
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I liked Sundays morning, laze around, wakes up slowly, listen to some jazz music and having breakfast. After having an enjoyable time with my breakfast, I logged on the internet to check our CAS email.
We only received one email today. It is from a student of 18yrs old who spotted a litter of pups in a corner of a Chinese market, located in Bandar.
Arranged with another volunteer to check out this litter of pups, to take some nice, good close-up shots so that to enable us to re-home them, we set off with packets of food and bottles of mineral water.
On the way to that Chinese market cum restaurant in Bandar, my volunteer friend kept emphasising in the car, how much she does not like this area, how much she has dread to come to this place since she was a child, how bloody this place smells, how creepy this place was.
Me, being a Singaporean (not a Bruneian) whom seldom travels, other than office and home, have no clue what type of place could be that bad….
Upon entering the small lane leading to our destination, I have come to realise where my volunteer friend was getting at...
Indeed, only at the start of the lane, there were already 10dogs sitting on the sides of the road. According to this volunteer, there could be hundreds of them in this area!
Formally, this volunteer has worked with another friend to help to spay many animals here, all at their own pocket money. But when people start dumping new pups here, the problem was never solved.
I would describe this place is like a Hell for Dogs. There are just too many dogs here, fighting for food and territories. This is really a dumping sites for dogs! Just like you see the pile of rubbish when you drove past Subok, for here, you see huge number of dogs from the start till the end of the lane! According to this volunteer again, ignorant people think the restaurant here would feed them, that’s why they all chose to dump at this place.
These dogs had to fight for food, fight for territory, fight for almost everything.. Just entering the lane, I heard so many barking and crying of dogs, so many fighting. How sad they sound.. My heart almost melted. I have no idea where the cries of dogs came from. I could only hear them but I could not see them. It just filled the air.. I have entered a place of sadness, a place of misery, a place of no happiness. None of the dogs looked happy, all of them looked sick, weary, hungry, yearning for some tender love, hoping for someone who might stop the car and say to them “Come on, let’s go home…” But that would never happen to any of them….
It even make me teared just the thought of them in such plight. We have heard stories that poisoning is so common there. Dogs yearning for food would eat whoever came to feed them. However, majority came with bad intentions. They came with poison. They came to send them off in a deadly and inhumane way. All of them who ate the poison ended up dead and fallen into drains. Some of them are thrown away as rubbish. How much have they suffered? Would anyone care for them even if they were dead and fallen into the drain? Nope, nobody cares. Would anyone give them a proper burial? Nope, it would never happen.
I have heard stories how suffering for the dogs to consume poison. All their organs would burned in them. They died from the burning sensation within…
Are we such heartless human beings? Are people too obsessed with their wealth, prestige and fame? Are we so busy that we forgot about the underprivileged, be it humans or animals? What happened to us?
This place is really an EYE-OPENER for me…..
Many times I told myself not to give up volunteering in helping animals.
They need me, they need us, they need CAS. Without CAS, they would suffer even more! We could not do things alone, we need as much support as we could. You could help us to make such miserable places disappear forever from Brunei!
EVERY LITTLE EFFORT COUNTS!
God bless all of the dogs in that area. How I hope to have the power to release all stray dogs from suffering.
Thank you for reading.
Agnes, CAS Volunteer.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Next week is the month of Ramadhan. It is a month for fellow Muslims friends to fast, to remember the poor, a month for joyous gatherings, goodies and of course not forgetting nice colourful fireworks.
In the beginning of year 2009, a little black pup, most probably 6mths old then, walked into a commercial building in Muara area. When I saw this little black pup, my heart felt pity for him. I saw him skinny and weary, searching for food in the rubbish dump. He was skinny and untidy, most likely has gone without food and water for days. He was very shy and I was unable to get close enough to touch him.
During that time, there were still other domineering strays in that area. Being a new member, he has to be challenge by other dogs to show him that they are the leaders in this area. He was always being bullied and ended up crying and whining and will hide in some bushes till he recovers from his fright.
He liked to sleep at my corridor every night, perhaps sensing that I will not hurt him. I feed him everyday and leave him fresh water at my corridor 24hrs a day. Day by day, he grew bigger and bigger but he has never never disturb any humans being in the neighbourhood. Many people walked passed him but he never bother and he also never disturbed them. Things seem to be going just fine…
Then came the month of Ramadhan, September 2009, this black pup, then has grown to a relatively medium sized dog, met his first Ramadhan in his life.
During this month, fireworks are available on sales in all major superstores. In the evenings, it is the most joyous thing to do after the family broke fast, to light up the fireworks and have fun! Wow, what a joyous thing!
Unfortunately, some teenagers decided to use fireworks to enjoy in a different way. Every evenings, teenagers will appear in groups, laughing and playing. With their pockets full of fire crackers, they will go to every corners, even into the bushes, at the stairways, under the cars and what will they do??? BOMB!!!!! They will dig their fire crackers from their pockets and threw at the strays!
The innocent black dog was of course the victim of the so many BOMBS BOMBS BOMBS….
Each time when he sleeps peacefully at my corridor and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a huge BANG will sound right in front of him. The teenagers will cornered him to a stairways and then threw the fire crackers onto him. NIGHT BY NIGHT, I would like to emphasis here, for the WHOLE MONTH, this poor dog has to suffer all these huge sounds and mockery from these teenagers.
All the sounds and mockery made his character changed TOTALLY in just that month.
From a mild and harmless dog, he has became a bad tempered and aggressive dog. From then on, each time he heard the sounds of teenagers walking passed, whether they are the same group or not, he appeared in front of them and ran after them. He will barked and wanted to challenge them. Other ignorant people, not knowing how much he has suffered to behave in this way, I have to try to stop him each time when he did that, hoping he will not hurt anyone.
But this behaviour caught the eye of a Muslim man and he thought this dog’s behaviour is unacceptable. He went to his car and pull out a parang, the black dog in front of him, he raised his arms with the parang…
Just as when he was about to slash the dog with the parang, one of my worker shouted “Uncle, what are you doing?” Uncle replied “He wanted to bite the children (in Malay)!” In the midst of this, the black dog quickly slipped away….
Out of no other options, not wanting any of the teenagers and children to get hurt, and neither do I want the black dog to be killed too, I transferred him to my warehouse in October 2009.
Till now, he has been in my warehouse for 10months and have been doing perfectly fine. Not only has he grown a lot more bigger, he has also allow me to touch him, stroke him and comb his hair. He is also very friendly with my other dogs in the warehouse and made friends with them.
Now, I named him JACK! :)
I wrote this STORY OF JACK, on hoping that adults to get a chance to educate their children, families and friends that FIREWORKS are meant to display in the air, to fill up the black sky with beautiful colours. Please do not turn your fireworks to our poor strays friends. They feel pain and will be hurt too.
I wrote this story on hoping more teenagers will get enlightened with this. Dogs will not chase you if you do not provoke purposefully.
Jack was a harmless dog before the Ramadhan month. His character changed because he sensed that teenagers are dangerous to him. They are the one who challenged him first. Jack just want to defend himself. People do not normally went to find out the whole truth. Luckily Jack was not killed by the man. However, I believe not many dogs out there were as lucky as Jack.
So please, do not hurt our strays anymore.
PS: This is my 1st time writing a story. Please pardon me if I did not do a good job. :)
Agnes, CAS Volunteer
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Dear all, we do understand there are strays outside that need immediate help but due to our limited resource and manpower, immediate actions could not be done. At the moment, there is really nothing we could do in homing strays that all of you have found these couple of days because we do not have a proper place to home them yet. But the least we could do is to help in advertising and get them a new home if we are able to find interested people.
The problem we have with cats now is there is no foster home for them. Foster home means you are able to assist in offering them a temporary home at your place till they find a new owner. Do drop by a message or an email if any of you are interested.
As for donations, since we are not an organisation, we are not in the position to accept any cash fund but you can help us by sponsoring the medical costs or sterilization cost (BND180.00 for female dog). Such fee can be paid to the clinic directly provided that proper communications and arrangements between the CAS volunteer and yourself have been sorted out. After you have paid the medical fee, please obtain an official receipt from the clinic so both CAS and yourself will have a record on this. Food too can be donated to the animals. just email us for more details.
To PREVENT people abandoning more animals, we usually do not reveal the address of our feeding sites, foster homes, the rescue location or where we found the animals. We understand that some kind-hearted people would want to visit the sites to care for the animals but we have encountered a lot of dumping cases after we told them the locations. As such, we strictly do not reveal addresses anymore. Some stray dogs/cats, young puppies/kittens are usually afraid of us human being so we do not encourage more people to visit those sites as they might not appear at the same place anymore.
Procedures of Adoption:-
1) Please browse through albums uploaded by us in Facebook or at our blog .
2) Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform which pet you have your eye on and tell us a little about you and/or your family, whether you are single, living with your housemate, married, with kids, any other pets (where are they kept at? if you have female pets, are they sterilized?), etc. This is for us to understand that you have a healthy family environment and that you have the ability to take up another pet.
3) You are to ensure that you will not chain or keep your pet in cage because this does not give a healthy living environment to your pet. Pets that are to be adopted by yourselves are not to be allowed in such situation too.
4) Please leave us your name, contact number and address so that we can send over the pet for viewing purposes. You can make your final decision after viewing.
5) Please also allow us to do a home inspection before adoption i.e. whether your house is "fenced", is there sufficient space for the pet to joyfully play around, the surroundings must not have another "way" because dogs are capable of digging a hole out of it and might run free. We will cancel the adoption if your present pets are found not to be in a healthy condition.
For further queries/clarifications, please email us.