Fun, fur and facts as SPCA marks World Animal Day and 70 years in Singapore

Three-month-old Hodor, waits for visitors to play with him at the World Animal Day celebration at the SPCA at Sungei Tengah.
Three-month-old Hodor, waits for visitors to play with him at the World Animal Day celebration at the SPCA at Sungei Tengah.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Shelter Supervisor Suresh Sundramurthi holds a 2.5-month-old cross-breed dog, Noel, as Mr Sunny Leong and his son Damien, reach out to stroke him.
Shelter Supervisor Suresh Sundramurthi holds a 2.5-month-old cross-breed dog, Noel, as Mr Sunny Leong and his son Damien, reach out to stroke him.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Ayesha Thasneem, an SPCA volunteer, holds three-month-old male local cat, Hodor, as Mr Sunny Leong and his son Damien, reach out to stroke him.
Ayesha Thasneem, an SPCA volunteer, holds three-month-old male local cat, Hodor, as Mr Sunny Leong and his son Damien, reach out to stroke him.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - It was a double celebration for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Saturday (Sept 30) as it marked World Animal Day, as well as 70 years of carrying out animal welfare work in Singapore.

The two-day celebration includes educational talks and an adoption drive.

Visitors to SPCA in Sungei Tengah are also able to tour its animal welfare centre, where they will meet some of the residents and learn more about the society's beginnings and the history of animal welfare in Singapore.

The society celebrated its anniversary on Saturday (Sept 30) with a cake-cutting ceremony, featuring its longest-staying resident, Viking, a Singapura Special.

Viking and sibling pooch Widget were found at a farm in Jalan Kayu in 2011, when they were both about 31/2 months old. Widget was adopted a year later and Viking has been with the SPCA since.

Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, executive director of SPCA, said: "This year is important for us as we look back on how far animal welfare in Singapore has come, and what more the SPCA can do moving forward.

"This incredible milestone is a true testament to the support from our local community."