Tuesday, 9 May 2000

Volunteers to meet officials over Noah's Ark

Concerned about the fate of the shelter's animals after the change of
management, they will discuss this with the veterinary authority

   VOLUNTEERS from Noah's Ark Lodge will discuss the proper care of its animals
with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the new
tenant, Mr Thierry Lim, on Saturday.

   The shelter at Seletar West Farmway 5 was started by Mr Raymund Wee seven
years ago to take in stray and unwanted animals.

   Those who are unable to take care of their pets have also placed the animals
at the lodge.

   Both Mr Wee and Mr Lim took part in the tender for Noah's Ark Lodge. Mr Lim
was awarded the tender as he bid higher.

   Volunteers at the lodge and pet owners expressed concern about the fate of
the animals, following the change of management.

   In an e-mail to The Straits Times, Ms Laura Chan said she was worried about
her pet dog at the shelter.

   She said she placed her dog there about two months ago as it had grown too
big for her Housing Board flat.

   "I give Mr Wee just $50 a month for maintenance, which is all I can give."
   If the charges were to increase, she feared for her dog's welfare because she
could not afford to pay more.

   In a statement to The Straits Times, the AVA reiterated its concern for the
animals' welfare and said they would be taken care of.

   The new tenant, Mr Thierry Lim, also said that it is not his intention to put
down any of the unwanted animals.

   He added that he will continue to shelter them and also try to find better
homes for them.

   He said in a statement: "I will take in new strays and abandoned animals
provided that it does not interfere with the welfare of the animals already in
my care."

   The AVA said that it is working closely with Mr Lim to ensure that animals
will not be affected by the change.

   It also appealed to owners, adopters and other animal-lovers to continue
their support for the animals.

   Meanwhile, Mr Wee will be able to stay at the farm a little longer as the AVA
has approved his request for a one-month extension.

   Volunteers at the shelter can call the AVA on 1800-2262250 with their

Source: The Straits Times
Date: 9 May 2000

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