New welfare group tackles hamster abuse

Hamster Society Singapore president Cheryl Capelli (in yellow), 25, playing with hamster Tootsie, alongside other members - (from left) Ms Hong Su Yan, 40, Ms Kwa Li Ying, 23, Ms Dinar Quek, 26, Ms Savitha Suresh, 25, and Ms Chen Soong Fee, 31. As th
Hamster Society Singapore president Cheryl Capelli (in yellow), 25, playing with hamster Tootsie, alongside other members - (from left) Ms Hong Su Yan, 40, Ms Kwa Li Ying, 23, Ms Dinar Quek, 26, Ms Savitha Suresh, 25, and Ms Chen Soong Fee, 31. As the welfare group does not have official premises to operate in yet, the hamsters it rescues are fostered by its members. To date, 45 hamsters have been housed, 33 of which have been adopted.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Hamsters may be small and insignificant to some, but a newly formed animal welfare group wants to ensure that these furry creatures are not overlooked.

The Hamster Society Singapore (HSS), which was formed in March, has so far handled more than 100 abused hamsters. The rodents were in some cases found to be flattened or missing limbs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'New welfare group tackles hamster abuse'. Print Edition | Subscribe