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.