This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Animals, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


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Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Amy Corrigan, Asad Shiraz, Charlene Tan, Chris Dickinson, Corinne Fong, Deirdre Marie Moss, Eunice Nah, Grant Pereira, Jaki Teo, Judy Tham, Louis Ng, Ricky Yeo, Veron Lau

International Conventions & Networks

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to ensure that trade does not threaten wildlife species with extinction. The Convention currently has a membership of 172 countries, and Singapore became a Signatory to CITES in 1986. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is the Management Authority responsible for the implementation and enforcement of CITES in Singapore.

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

Cruelty Free International has partnered with ACRES, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, to launch the Cruelty Free International Asia office in Singapore.

SG Organisations & Companies

Action for Singapore Dogs’ mission to improve the welfare of stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. It fulfills its mission through various activities and programs including rescuing, fostering and re-homing of stray and abandoned dogs, advocating sterilization as a means of controlling the stray population, heightening public awareness of the responsibilities involved in pet ownership and highlighting the virtues of our local dogs.

Agency for Animal Welfare Ltd is a non-profit, volunteer-run animal advocacy group that focuses on community mediation/counseling to advocate for greater community acceptance of pet-keeping in the HDB public housing communities and to prevent traumatic removal of pets related to neighbour disputes. They are also active advocates for the improvement of welfare at breeding dogmills in Singapore, apart from working in lobby and community engagement in the mission to "Transform Communities for Pet Welfare".

Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) aims to foster respect and compassion for all animals, improve the living conditions and welfare of animals in captivity, and educate people on lifestyle choices which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly. The society is driven by its concern for animals and adopts research projects on the use of animals in various fields. Research findings are then used to educate the public to promote active community involvement in the animal welfare movement. ACRES has also set up an animal rescue centre in Vientiane, Laos.

Animal Welfare Global is a new animal welfare advocacy organisation that was created to lead sponsorships to help unregistered animal rescuers functioning in Singapore. It seeks to contribute to rescuers' efforts to rescue and rehabilitate rescued & abused animals.

Born To Fly Project is a new initiative to promote bird welfare in Singapore and end cruel practices related to birds. It seeks to raise attention of the cruelty of keeping birds in cages and/or clipping their wings to prevent them from flying far. It hopes to uphold the natural right of birds to fly free.

Cat Welfare Society is a charity, run almost entirely by volunteers, whose aim is to improve the welfare of community (feral) cats in Singapore. It believes that there are humane, effective ways to control the population of community cats through sterilisation instead of destruction.

Causes for Animals Singapore was set up by long-term volunteers who wanted to do more for animal welfare in Singapore. Their combined experience has created Causes for Animals, a one-stop non-profit for everything a local shelter or animal welfare organisation could need.

House Rabbit Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organisation dedicated to rabbit welfare and awareness. HRSS seeks to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits in Singapore and improve rabbits' lives through education.

Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) is an affiliate of the Jane Goodall Institute headquartered in the United States. Its main objectives are to help preserve and protect the world’s primates. Expanding from this basic goal, JGI has developed the Roots & Shoots program, which spans worldwide and aims to educate youth on ways to save our planet, by helping other people, animals, and the environment we all live in.

Nature Society (Singapore) is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. It was formerly known as the Singapore branch of the Malayan Nature Society. The branch was formed in 1954 and became Nature Society (Singapore) in 1991. It runs interest groups on birds, butterflies and vertebrates.

Noah's Ark CARES (Companion Animal Rescue and Education Society) is the extended arm of Noah's Ark Lodge. Its aim is to reach out to Singaporeans and address the issue of abandoned pets and strays. Working in tandem with AVA and other animal welfare organizations, Noah's Ark CARES has embarked on several community-based projects aimed at re-educating the public and especially young children, our future generation.

Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS) started as Noah’s Ark Lodge Private Animal Shelter in Singapore in 1995. Its aim is to provide a safe and secure home for its animal residents where they can live out their lives in happiness and eventually, die with dignity. Many of its animals are therefore allowed free run of the grounds amongst natural settings.

NTU Animal Lovers’ Society is a society run by matriculated students of NTU and students of National Institute of Education who are animal lovers.

NTU Cat Management Network’s mission is to manage the resident native cat population on campus through Trap Neuter Manage Release programs and feeding on a daily basis at 7 different feeding cafes located throughout the campus.

Pets Villa (Animal Lovers League) is a non-profit organisation giving lodging and food to abandoned dogs and cats. It uses am “open concept” animal home where they will not be “incarcerated” in kennels or in cages for the rest of their natural lives, thus simulating closely their natural habitat.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) provides various animal welfare services to the community including a 24-hour ambulance service for sick, injured and very young animal, public education programme for students and adults, a clinic for basic treatment of stray animals, adoption programme, and running an animal shelter and supporting quarantine for unwanted, abused and abandoned animals

Toddycats! are volunteers with the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore. Toddycats! is meant to expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore is the parent company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. It aims to provide world-class leisure attractions, providing excellent exhibits of animals (and birds) presented in their natural environment for the purpose of conservation, education and recreation.

WWF Singapore aim is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Zeus Communications is a group of animal lovers, banded together by passion and our belief that we are the voices for the animals. Our aim is to elevate the status and significance of companion animals in our society, which is long overdue for the good of the animals and humanity.

Key Projects

The Asia for Animals Conference is the largest Asian animal protection conference. The 2010 edition was held in Singapore, and was organised by ACRES.

ACRES also operates the 24-hour Wildlife Crime Hotline (9783 7782) which provides an avenue for those who know of anyone who illegally owns or trades in exotic animals, to blow the whistle on these wildlife traders and owners. This initiative has so far led to the rescue of more than 200 wild animals.

People for Animal Welfare (PAW) was founded in 2005 by a group of passionate Singapore Management University students who want to bring across a simple message – treat animals humanely. They are dedicated to broadcasting responsible pet ownership and the prevention of animal cruelty, and do this through education by organizing events, volunteering, gatherings and collaborations with other animal welfare groups.

The Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) was registered in 2009 as a charity and an institution of public character with the primary purpose of conserving endangered native wildlife. To achieve this, Wildlife Reserves Singapore contributes 20 cents for each admission ticket sold at our Parks to the WRSCF. Funds raised will be specifically channelled to education and the preservation of local biodiversity.

Animal Times iPhone application gives you a live update of what pets are available for adoption in the various shelters in Singapore. Not to worry if you’re not living on this little island! Our partner, Association for Singapore Dogs, will help you arrange an overseas adoption! Our other partners include Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Cat Welfare Society, and Pets Channel.

The Sebana Hornbill conservation project is a joint environmental effort by Sebana Cove, Johor Malaysia and The Green Volunteers, Singapore. The aim of this project is to provide wild Hornbills a safe sanctuary so that they will eventually breed.

WWF Singapore’s Adopt a Tiger campaign allows people to symbolically adopt a tiger, which will be used in general support of WWF’s conservation efforts.

Elephant Parade is the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation.

Videos & Publications

ACRES maintains a Cruelty-Free Guide, which lists producst in Singapore which use the Humane Cosmetics Standard or Humane Household Products.

Please, let the dolphins go – a music video of children pleading to release the Resort World Sentosa dolphins.

Resort World Sentosa’s Plans to House Wildcaught Dolphins – a research report by ACRES.

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