Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
You Have Touched All Our Souls!
Rescued 2008 - 6 June 2012 (approximately 5yrs old)
Video 1 of Bart: When Bart was just rescued in 2008.
Please watch this video. It only take you 30secs...For supporters who have been following some of our volunteers all these years, you may know a dog named Bart.
Yesterday was another depressing day for us... Bart a happy-go-lucky fellow, always cheerful with tremendous positive spirits even though with his Semi-Paralyzed Disability, had left us...
Before CAS was formed 2 years ago, our senior volunteer has started rescuing strays on her own. In March 2008, she received a call reporting a dog dragging his butt on the road in Gadong. Description of this was quite vague, nonetheless we activated volunteers to go in searching for this dog. Volunteers took a few hours to look for him but could not find such dog. Just as they were about to leave the location, one volunteer noticed a dog under a car and went forward. What volunteers did not prepare to see was a dog dragging his half body down. (The video was Bart just rescued in 2008).
Bart's lower body was suspected to be run over by car that caused his paralysis. None of us could imagine how long has he dragged his body, how he moved on his own with that disability, did he suffer or in pain when the car hit him. Though every possibility crossed the humans' mind, we believe Bart felt NONE of his abnormality. He greeted our volunteers with the Sweetest Smile we have ever seen and all of us were overwhelmed by his positive soul! During then, he should be just about a 3-4mths pup.
Bart stayed in our foster home ever since. He is one of the most amazing dog we have ever come across. With just 2 front legs, throughout these years, Bart has learned how to support his lower body, all on his own WILL POWER, to be as normal as he could. He was agile with 2 legs. Nothing can stop him. On top of that, Bart could also pee and poo as normal. None of us trained or teach him how to walk on his two front legs. He did everything on his DETERMINATION. Very soon, he became Pack Leader of his own pack in the foster home. 2 legs vs 4 legs, Bart is always the King of the Pack. He was with us for a good 5 years…
Bart, you have been an INSPIRATIONAL soul and you touched many of our hearts. We have to make the most painful decision to end your suffering when you suddenly suffered from Rectal Prolapse (rectum fall out of place) on Tuesday night.
As the condition happened on Tuesday night, there wasn't any vet till the next morning. In the night, Bart has apparently chewed some part of his organ quite badly. Moreover, with his paralysis, he would be dragging his wound. Looking at some of his last moment pictures, we saw Bart lost his smile for the first time... This truly breaks our hearts.
Bart has taught us NEVER GIVE UP. Stay Positive and Be Happy ! Look at his smile (in the video), THE MOST SUNNY SMILE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED! Bart had also showed us, with defects and disability, you could still live a BEAUTIFUL LIFE!
Good Bye Bart! We will truly missed your presence and the many times you made us laugh till we cried happy tears..... Another amazing soul has left.... Another dog has gone to the Rainbow Bridge...We have lost many special dogs this year...
Nonetheless, our work still move on. Spay Your Pet, Adoption Helps To Save Life!
REMEMBER, ADOPTION SAVES TWO LIVES !
The adopted pet will have a safe, loving permanent home and this free up a space in foster home to rescue another homeless stray from unnecessary pain, abuse, neglect, disease or starvation.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Care & Actions for Strays (CAS): As much as we do not condone poisoning as a method of population control, we need to realise and tackle the root cause of the problem - IRRESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNERS who do not sterilise their animals and cruelly dump unwanted animals all over Brunei leading to severe over population of animals !
The main problem is not the government nor its officers doing their jobs. Cursing them and getting upset with them will not solve the problem. During our dialogues with the respective government agencies, we were asked to offer alternative solutions to control the dog population. While we have the solutions, we lack the necessary resources to implement it so that the government agencies can stop poisoning as a tool for population control.
Apart from the resources that are needed, including funds and manpower etc, we also need the understanding of the public cos the government agencies do not go around randomly looking for dogs to poison but rather they ONLY ACT UPON COMPLAINS FROM THE PUBLIC and they need to do something when there is a public complain.
So even if we have ALL the resources that we need, we still need the whole community to be more tolerant of strays to allow us to achieve long term sustainable solutions.
In short, we NEED TO WORK TOGETHER as a community from all angles to achieve a humane society where humans and animals can co-exist harmoniously and where the best of humans can be brought out, NOT THE WORST !
We all can play a part :
(1) STERILISE YOUR PETS
(2) FUND STERILISATION OF STRAYS
(3) BE MORE TOLERANT OF STRAYS
(4) STOP BUYING PETS, ADOPT THE HOMELESS INSTEAD
(5) OPEN UP YOUR HOMES TO TAKE IN SOME STRAYS
(6) SHARE RESPSONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
To also clarify further, according to the government head vet, THERE IS NO RABIES IN BRUNEI ! So for those of you who have been mis-informed or have misconstrued that ALL dogs carry rabies, please check your facts.
Thank you to all our Muslim supporters who have given so much insights abt Islam, Muslim and dogs. We really need a lot of help in this area to create and conduct educational materials in this aspect. Pls contact us via email to help promote positive awareness and make a difference. We really desperately need to create materials with quotes and teachings from the Holy Book.
To all of you who think that just because dogs occasionally attack humans, or because some dogs carry diseases, please understand that it still does not justify being cruel to the dogs, to any dog or animal.
Why dogs or any animal for that matter, attack humans, please watch National Geographic "Dog Whisperer" and other documentaries for insights into the animal world. In fact in the animal world, they ONLY kill when they are hungry and this was captured by photographer Michel Denis-Huot in Kenya's Masai Mara. He captured pictures of 3 cheetah brothers chasing a group of impalas (deers) and when they caught the weakest one, to his amazement, the cheetahs only wanted to play with it and did so affectionately without hurting it one bit !
So why dogs attack humans? And dogs who attack humans get put down. What about humans who attack dogs and animals? What should we do with these humans? If we were to act by our own standards, then we should be putting down too these people who attack animals !
By the same token, humans carry diseases too so should we be running around putting down all these disease carry humans too? Or do we put down those humans who cannot contribute and some are even a burden to society e.g. the old, the sick, the invalids, the special needs, the criminals etc etc etc.....
We don't because we share this planet together with every living being and it is our responsibility to take care of those who are weak. It is our blessing to be able to care for those who need us, the healthy and strong ones and by the same token, we also have a responsibility towards these strays and animals living amongst us in our urban environment WHO DID NOT ASK TO BE PUT HERE AMONGST US in the first place !
These animals have no voice and no choice. Humans do ! Make the right choice and do the right thing ! Even if you cannot help in any way, you can be more tolerant and learn how to behave when strays are around.
For those of you who support poisoning or any form of mass culling as a means of dog population control, look up the internet. There is a wealth of information out there to tell you that mass culling has never worked, not for over a hundred years ! And it will continue to be an highly ineffective means and all these are documented by the World Health Organisation as well who gets involved in dog population control due to rabies deaths in countries like India where dog population control is a matter of life and death for humans, not simply because of nuisance or eyesore as is the case in Brunei.
More and more countries are turning to sterilisation as this has proven to be highly effective in dog population control and is of course a much more humane method of population control but again we need the entire community to come together and play its part.
Start with your own animals, how many of you have unsterilized pets? Not only dogs but cats as well. In recent years, we had to increase our spending on cats, draining our very very limited funds which otherwise could have been used for dogs. There are many many cat owners with unsterilised cats, allowing them to breed rampantly and then dumping them all over Brunei when they can no longer manage. This results in many of the cats getting sick and also even more rampant breeding. We have had to rescue so many more cats and expenses for cats increased more then 20 folds !
Let's all play our parts and work towards a stray free Brunei through humane methods. It can be done but requires all of us to work together ! We will continue to work with the government agencies to completely stop poisoning but the responsibility should not fall on the shoulders of only a few individuals. All of Brunei needs to play their part too.
And for those of you feeding strays, pls pls pls pls....get them sterilised ! Feeding strays must also come with the responsibility of ensuring they DO NOT BREED ANY FURTHER. Otherwise you are only creating a bigger problem. Not that we discourage feeding of strays but they MUST BE STERILSIED TOO. If funding is the main problem that the strays you are feeding are not being sterilsied, then find ways to raise funds for them to be sterilised or get in touch with us.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Extract from our Facebook Posting on 24 May, at 2.35am
Please read the story link !
Monday, May 21, 2012
Last week, CAS received 2 reports of the same paralysed kitten found at a Tutong Petrol Station. Our volunteer went to assess the kitten on Saturday after getting clearer instructions.
We found the kitten and saw that 2 of his back legs were paralysed and he was unable to move. The kitten could only move his upper body. He is very young, approximately 3-4mths old.
The staff at the petrol station said this kitten was born there normal and the mother cat comes and goes. They did not know what has happen to the kitten. One morning, the staff discovered the kitten in the drain injured with such condition. They suspected a car could have hit him. The staff were kind enough to bring the kitten to the government clinic however as government clinic no longer has surgery services, there is nothing much they could do. Moreover, the staff at the petrol station do not have enough money to spend on the kitten surgery. We would like to express our appreciation to the staff who has been helping to feed this paralyzed kitten before CAS intervened.
This morning, our volunteer sent Bulat (kitten's name) for vet's assessment. Preliminary discussion was probably to amputate Bulat's back legs so as not to hinder his movements. However, we are taking into consideration if Bulat is able to withstand the operation as he is still very young. Such operation for him would be very painful.
Nonetheless, he is still going through medication and also has slight skin problem. In the meantime, you could help us to provide care and food for him by sponsoring any of his medical or daily needs.
We would also like to emphasize that CAS could only take in animals needing medical treatment. We do not have space for every strays dogs and cats, puppies and kittens reported. If we take in every single strays reported, we are depriving a space given to any animals that come in needing medical attention immediately, like Bulat.
Education, creating awareness to sterilisation is the key to curb the strays' overpopulation. Every little effort counts. Please do your part and be a responsible citizen!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Coco, the blind Pomeranian was abandoned at a pet store, adopted from there only to find himself back at a foster home again.
You may read the earlier story here.
Coco needs full supervision if let out to walk. He will need basic grooming for his fur and keep his nails trimmed regularly.
He is a sweet and mellow fellow! Suitable for family who is willing and committed to take care of him. He likes to be cuddled and pampered.
If you think you are the one who could give him love and care, please email to email@example.com and our Re-homing team will get in touch of you.
Please be reminded, No Chaining and No Caging.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Do you still remember them?
They are pups abandoned as rubbish behind a restaurant during Chinese New Year spring cleaning in a commercial area this year. Refer to the link below.
After 4 months, these pups are still there. Now there is a PROBLEM. These pups need to be re-home urgently!
As usual, CAS volunteers are always stuck with the question “Could you relocate and find them a safe place?” Now this is our difficulty “Where to relocate them and where is a safe place?”
Health inspectors came to inspect the restaurant premises and found these dogs behind. Expectedly, the dogs were consider as unhygienic and restaurant staff were asked to remove them as soon as possible. Now, whose fault is this?
IRRESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS!
EVERYONE thought that restaurant premises are good places to dump your puppies. These IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS thought these dogs could find food as restaurant has left over food. No doubt this is true but it could cause hindrance to proper business operations. Humans are pushing responsibility one to another. This is a vicious cycle!
It is the same thing if we are relocating the dogs in a neighbourhood. If a pack is gone, new pack will take over the empty spaces. This would be a cycle on and on. If you do not sterilise your female dog, this cycle is going forever and who is suffering? Both animals and humans!
Now these pups’ fate (in the pictures) are unknown. If these pups were relocate without notifying CAS volunteers, we are unable to trace and sterilise them. There are 5 pups altogether, all females approximately 5mths old.
We need to find homes for them ASAP.
CAS has an adoption policy of No Chaining and No Caging.
These animals are innocent! They are just victims of irresponsible human beings! If you could open your heart to adopt even just one of them, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your home address and contact details and we will contact you.
We pray for miracle.
More pictures of the pups could be found in this link:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Last week, we received a report from a restaurant in Kiulap reporting of a cat with scabies, a skin problem condition. Scabies could be treated with injections, nutritional meal and supplements and medicated shampoo.
Please help to make this cat's treatment possible. If you would like to sponsor, kindly email to email@example.com and subject "Project Scaby Cat" and we would respond to you with the sponsorship details.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
FOOD SPONSORSHIP: CAS 6th Activity Day, 15 Jan 2pm-4.30pm You may buy a bag of dog food, 20kg B$56.00/bag Help to feed the strays. Sponsor a bag of dog food during Activity Day. CAS feeds about 100dogs at several feeding sites and 80dogs at foster homes. Spread a little kindness, be kind to animals. We need your support to enable us to help the strays. Every little counts!