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Cocktails & Wagging Tails

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SOSD, the volunteer-run organisation dedicated to rescuing hundreds of Singapore’s street dogs is hosting a charity dinner where you cuddle puppies and drink cocktails.

 

 

The SOSD is leaving their rehabilitation centre for kennels new in Sungei Tengah, but before they leave the volunteers are throwing their annual charity dinner on Saturday 19 August. Held in the Ballroom at the Conrad Hotel, the “Farewell to Our Home” pays tribute to the place where more than a 1,000 lives passed through to gain a second chance. The added benefit of the location is that it has enabled an adoption drive too so the charity invites you to meet some of their furry friends during the evening. What could be better than cocktails, wagging tails and raising money and awareness of a great cause?

Emcees for the Retro Glam-themed evening are Petrina Kow and Denise Keller with guest of honour, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam. As mentioned, there will be a mini adoption drive, plus a fashion show – for pooches or people?! – and over $4,000 worth of lucky draw prizes to be won. Kick-off is with cocktails at 6.30 so grab a group and book a table (1 x seat, $200, 1 x table, $1,800). Register to attend the event at:http://sosd.org.sg/?post_type=dd_events&p=6145

For sponsorship, donations and enquiries for the Gala Dinner, please email charity.dinner@sosd.org.sg

 

What? The SOSD Annual Gala Dinner

When? Saturday 19 August

Where? The Ballroom, Conrad Hotel

What else? Tickets are $200 pp or $1,800 for a table

 

 

More about SOSD

Are you able to adopt a dog, be a dog shelter volunteer, donate to our pet shelter, become a sponsor or even foster parent while our dogs await their forever homes? There are plenty of ways to help support SOSD. Our mission is simply “to eliminate cruelty and abandonment of animals, enhancing their welfare, and improve the lives of animals and humans, through rescue, education and advocacy.” We strive to save our street dogs through 3 key areas of focus:

Advocate & Educate

SOSD actively advocates against the culling of our street dogs as well as for changes to stray management policies and the welfare of strays. Our work is grounded in compassion for our street dogs who often lead very harsh and miserable lives, often as a result of the land on which they live on being taken over for the purposes of construction and due to the callousness of man. Whilst SOSD recognises that not everyone may be an animal lover, this is no excuse for the abuse that our street dogs often suffer, often leaving them dead or severely maimed. We continually advocate against abuse and also educate the public on how not to provoke stray dogs that they may encounter. It is also SOSD’s mission to reach out to the public to correct the common misconception that mongrels are all ferocious, dirty and somehow, second-class dogs compared to pedigree breeds. Mongrels are extremely intelligent and generally tend to be healthier than pure breads given their varied genetic makeup. Street dogs make exceedingly loyal pets, grateful for a home and for the love shown to them.

Rescue & Rehome

SOSD rescues and rehomes as many stray dogs and puppies as our limited resources allow us to. For the ones that are wounded, we do what we can to give them good veterinary care and help nurse them back to health before finding them homes.  Rescue efforts entail an astronomical cost that includes trapping and redemption operations, boarding fees and vet care. We do not own a shelter and are currently renting a few kennels from a commercial entity as a temporary holding area for some of our rescues. But kennel space fills up very quickly and we will have to depend on available fosterers in order to save more dogs as we are unable to undertake a rescue if we have nowhere for the dog to go to. We are constantly finding that there are more dogs and pups to be rescued than there are fosterers. In order to save more lives, it is imperative that we have our very own SOSD shelter. We are working towards building it. But we can’t do it alone. Rehoming street dogs in Singapore is another uphill task but we do our best. SOSD adopts a mandatory screening process for every potential adoption. This is to ensure that our rescued dogs do not fall into the wrong hands, and that all goes well for the dog and family.

Sterilization for Humane Population Control

SOSD believes in sterilisation as a humane method for the control of the stray population. We sterilise our adult dogs before we put them up for adoption and follow-up on our adopted puppies to ensure that they are sterilised when they are old enough. SOSD also advocates that our authorities implement a nationwide sterilisation program for our street dogs.

 

For general information about SOSD (adopting/sponsoring a dog, donations, partnerships, becoming a volunteer) or any other query, please visit our website at www.sosd.org.sg

 

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