Save Our Street Dogs Makes Headlines with the Rescue of Ol Boy
SOSD, a local animal welfare group formed to rescue, rehome and advocate for Singapore street dogs and their plight has touched the world (and this author) with their rescue of Ol Boy, a helpless stray dog, found barely alive in Little India recently. To date, their story has made it to the headlines, not just in Singapore, but the US and parts of Europe like the UK and Belgium as well. Through their sheer passion and dedication towards their cause, they have certainly lived up to their purpose of being champions for street dogs whose plight, before the rescue of Ol Boy, was known mainly to the handful of admirable animal lovers who devote themselves to shelter work. This is after all affluent Singapore, where many would choose a pure breed over a mongrel. To the volunteers at SOSD as well as those of other animal shelters throughout our country, we at Dog Training Singapore salute you!
For those not familiar with the story, the SOSD was notified by a person named Chris, after residence in the vicinity of Little India heard a dog howling for 3 days.
On arrival at the scene, the SOSD found the dog, lying on its own excrement, too weak to move and barely alive. The howling heard by the residents were in fact the dog’s desperate attempts to cry for help.
When found, the dog had hundreds of ticks on it and was later diagnosed by a Vet as suffering from tick fever. The dog underwent blood transfusion, in a vain attempt to save his life. When it became apparent that he was dying, the SOSD did the most humane thing possible. They brought him home so that he could enjoy some tender loving care in a home environment in his final days before passing on. And when Ol Boy finally died, they cremated him and sprinkled his ashes at Pasir Ris park so that he could roam freely again.
It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words. Hence nothing can convey better the story of Ol Boy than this video, posted on youtube, by the rescuers themselves.
What touched us about this story is not just the rescue efforts (which incidentally cost about $1,700 in vet fees alone), but rather the thoughtfulness of the volunteers at the SOSD led by their founder, Dr Siew Tuck Wah. They went beyond just rescuing a stray. They provided love, care and made the last days of Ol Boy as painless, comfortable, meaningful and dignified as they possible could. This author was particularly moved by the vigil Dr Siew and the volunteers kept over the dog, tending to his every need so that he could feel, for once in his life, the comfort of human love and affection.
And for those interested in supporting the efforts of the SOSD, do visit their website at www.saveourstreetdogs.com.