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2,166
Supporters

84% of Singapore's population live in HDB apartments and medium sized dogs( eg. mongrels) are not allowed in HDB premises. Hence, animal welfare organisations and animal rescuers face difficulties while trying to home these stray dogs.

Idoh's case is one out of the many in Singapore . Idoh is a medium sized mongrel whose owner has treated as one of his children. Although Idoh has not disturbed anyone and his owner, Jason, has also been very considerate, neighbors have complained simply because Idoh is not an approved breed for HDB.

To quote, "Because all this time, I thought that moving to a big house means giving a better environment to Idoh and my children....it made me feel regretful that I spent $400,000 to buy more troubles for my family"

Evicting Idoh is akin to snatching a beloved child away from his family. It is breaking the intimate relationship between an owner and his dog, a relationship cultivated over many years. All these just because medium-sized dogs are not approved breeds. Animal welfare organisations have encouraged Singaporeans to adopt instead of buy and yet those who have adopted, face the difficulty of not being able to keep them.

We are not speaking up for Idoh alone. We are speaking up for the street dogs who have found their homes but are not allowed to live in them.

Letter to
Housing Development Board Singapore Bukit Merah Branch Office
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: Housing development board Singapore.

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Subject: To approve of the appeal to allow medium sized dogs( eg mongrels) to live in HDB apartments

We understand the implications of allowing medium sized dogs such as mongrels to live in HDB apartments and we understand that the HDB has to meet the concerns raised by those who stay in HDB apartments. However, it is not fair when the complaint raised was simply because medium sized dogs are not an approved breed in HDB apartments when dogs such as Idoh have caused no disturbances at all. We would like to bring to your attention that his owner, Jason, who lives in Lower Delta presently, muzzles Idoh before walking him as an assurance to neighbors who are afraid of bigger sized dogs even though Idoh is harmless. Jason has also been very considerate to walk Idoh only at night and very early in the morning as there are less people around.

Animal welfare organisations have encouraged Singaporeans to adopt instead of buy dogs. However, those who do adopt, face the difficulty of not being able to house them. It is not easy to reduce the number of stray and abandoned dogs when 84% of Singaporeans live in HDB apartments and the authorities do not allow medium-sized dogs to live in HDB flats.

To quote, "Because all this time, I thought that moving to a big house means giving a better environment to Idoh and my children....it made me feel regretful that I spent $400,000 to buy more troubles for my family"

Evicting Idoh is akin to snatching a beloved child away from his family. It is breaking the intimate relationship between an owner and his dog, a relationship cultivated over many years. All these just because medium-sized dogs are not approved breeds.

We are not speaking up for Idoh alone. We are speaking up for the street dogs who have found their homes but are not allowed to live in them. We hope that you would look into this issue and re-evaluate this policy as well as the 'not more than 10kg' policy. Through this petition, we hope that you would understand where these owners are coming from. We agree that irresponsible owners should be punished but if the dog(s) causes no disturbances at all and the owner is responsible then these dogs should be allowed to stay. There is no reason for them to be banned.

After all, these policies were implemented to ensure social cohesion with no racial or religious groups at a disadvantage and since the complaints were lodged simply because of the policies and not because of the irresponsible behavior of the owners or an ethnic group being at a disadvantage, we hope that you would empathize with these owners and review these outdated policies.
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Sincerely,