Saturday, August 6, 2011


Social work is always something we wanted to do but never got around to doing. So when Thor's new owners wanted to give him up because of a new baby in the house, we felt really disappointed. She couldn't wait to get him out and said she couldn't hold on to Thor any longer. And we decided to try to find a good home for this healthy, active and playful pup.

On Wednesday, we put up on series of ads via various channels such as Rehomers and Pets Channel. We must admit the aforementioned channels were really good and Pets Channel seemed to have pretty good responses. However some other channels, especially ASD was downright rude.

We had already called ASD weeks ago when we found Thor. They told us they had no space for him and the most they could do was to put up an ad. When we contacted them again this Weds to help us put up an ad, they curtly told us that we should tell Thor's current owners to send Thor for obedience training so that they could get along. Bottom line is, they were very unhelpful. Mummy wonders why she even donated to them.

We talked to potential adopters and mummy asked her colleague, who purportedly adores dogs and lives in landed property, ideal for Thor. She said she had to ask her dad. She never got back to mummy and when mummy asked again. She said she forgot. When she finally got back to mummy, the verdict was "Thor is too old to train." Huh? "He's six months!" mummy said. Her colleague replied in an affirmative manner that "that's too old."

Mummy was indignant. But kept quiet and accepted the reply. It was obvious that they didn't want Thor, but she was unhappy because it was obviously an excuse. As any obedience school would tell you, Six Months is an Ideal Age.

Daddy talked to potential adopters from Pets Channel. One of them expressed an interest and said he had a Husky whom he wants to find companionship for. His background was ideal because he's at home most of the time. When we asked to bring Thor over to see if he could get along with the Husky (also a pup), he told us that his landlord doesn't allow the visit and he hopes Thor can find a good home.

Huh? The reason why we wanted to visit was to be assured what he said is true, and also to ensure Thor is comfortable with the environment. After all, we don't want to hand Thor over to someone without seeing the adopter's home. The last thing we want is Thor to be abused, and we don't even know where he lives.

So it was very disheartening when the potential adopters and humanitarian organisations let us down like that. Now we know what social workers feel like.

So the search continues, and we hope we can find him a good home because we live in a 4 room HDB with Zeus and Boss (a bunny), and we can't keep Thor due to HDB regulations, and it will be really uncomfortable for him anyway.

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