Report at Tampines
Log by Adeline Choo
24 September 2004, Friday
Yong, a public, wrote to HRSS about a week ago regarding
what seemed like abandoned rabbits in front of Blk 439,
Tampines street 43.
I decided to check it out and met up with Yong at about
In front of this block was an open area with a temporary
construction office and staff quarters made out of 2
white cargo containers. Yong pointed at the open area
and true enough, I saw 2 female rabbits – one
white (Snowie) and the other a dark brown (Brownie).
As we approach the rabbits, I took out the fresh vegetables
I brought to lure them towards us so that we could have
a better view of them. Snowie limped towards me without
She took the vegetables instantly and circled around
us for more soon after.
One look at her and I saw that she had scabies all over
Her condition was so serious that all the fur on its
nose bridge had been stripped off due to the sheer weight
of the fungi that had been growing there. I cringed
as I imagined the pain and suffering she must have gone
I picked Snowie up. I do not like the feel of the crusty
growths on her body at all. When I turned her over,
I was shocked to see her feet all red and swollen. There
wasn’t any fur around her feet, tail and rear
area at all. It was no wonder she was limping. In addition,
she was drenched due to the rain earlier. It was a terrible
sight. Yong was equally aghast.
Next, I went on to approach Brownie. Brownie was more
cautious but as it was munching on the fresh vegetables,
I managed to catch hold of her. Brownie was in slightly
better condition as compared with Snowie, but the rims
of her ears were covered with scabies too.
Both rabbits were around 4 to 6 months old. They looked
settled in their environment. By the side of the container,
there were pellets and carrots left for them on old
I spoke with a few passer-bys and many said that these
rabbits belonged to a household about 10 metres away.
They even pointed at the unit mentioned. According to
them, the rabbits were fed daily by their owners who
had taken them out of the cage and left them in the
field some three months ago. This information seemed
right as Yong & I could see 2 empty old and rusty
cages in front of a unit at Blk 439.
According to Yong, there should have been four rabbits,
but only three were seen most of the time.
We searched perimeters of the containers but we could
not find any rabbits. We feared that they may be trapped
or hiding under the containers.
The gap between the container and the ground was only
10 to 15 centimetres wide. I decided to put my camera
into the gap and take wide shots inside these gaps.
After a few snaps, we managed to catch a shot of a black
bunny (Blackie). He was however, very deep in. I took
a few more shots, hoping to see a fourth rabbit, but
It was impossible to catch Blackie on our own, thus
we decided to get SPCA to help.
25 September 2004, Saturday
10 Am. I called the SPCA, described the whole situation
and expressed that we needed their help in catching
the three rabbits, especially Blackie. Mei Hong, the
Officer-in-charge, was extremely supportive and was
all ready to dispatch her team for the rescue effort.
Our volunteers, Rebecca & her husband, responded
instantly to help out, representing HRSS in the rescue.
Yong was also informed about the operation and all agreed
to meet on site at 1130am. With logistics confirmed,
another of our volunteer, Jackie, concurrently made
arrangements with Dr. Cathy Chan to treat the rabbits
once we rescued them.
Around 1230pm, Rebecca called. All three rabbits were
successfully rescued and safely transported to the Animal
Companion Surgery Clinic in Balestier where Dr Cathy
Chan & Assistant, Wai Peng, were prepared for their
Upon examination, it was confirmed that they had scabies.
Snownie’s condition was exceptionally severe and
according to Dr Chan, would take several months to recover.
Nonetheless, all three rabbits were generally in reasonable
condition to be sterilized.
Sterilization was carried out on 29 September 2004,
2 October 2004, Saturday
Jackie & I went to visit the three rabbits at the
They were given medical treatment. Under the professional
care, all looked so much better. They had good appetite
too. Snowie’s fur had starting growing on her
feet and the swelling had subsided. These rabbits are
to be boarded at the clinic until the scabies have cleared
and until HRSS finds them foster homes.
HRSS lodged a report with the SPCA against the household.
However, all of Mei Hong’s (SPCA) questions were
denied by the family. With insufficient evidence to
the case, we could not approach the police or AVA for
help. Nonetheless, HRSS hopes that SPCA’s intervention
serves as sufficient deterrent to the household and
that they will not attempt such cruel acts again.
Abandonment and neglect are forms of abuse. Punishment
includes 1 year imprisonment, fines up to $10,000 or
Pet ownership is a long term commitment. Sad but
true, Illegal Breeding for sale is very common. Very
often, many irresponsible owners or illegal breeders
find that they have too many rabbits to cope with and
these rabbits soon find themselves conveniently abandoned-
in parks, reservoirs, open fields, car parks and even
If Yong had not reported this case to HRSS, Snowie,
Brownie & Blackie would be dying slowly and painfully
on their own. Thanks to the SPCA for their facilities
rendered to the rescue and supportive vets like Dr Chan
& team who were willing to treat them. HRSS is unable
to cope with all abandonment cases but will continue
to try our best to rescue as many rabbits as possible.
This is just one of the many abandonment cases in Singapore
as many more go unreported.
We urgently need volunteers and the public’s support
to track down these cases and help with rescue and foster
efforts and also to provide financial assistance for
their medical treatments and sterilization fees.
If you would like to donate toward the medical or care
costs of these bunnies, please send a cheque to House
Rabbit Society (Singapore), Toa Payoh Central Post Office,
PO Box 108, Singapore 913104 and indicate at the back
of the cheque “Tampines Rabbits”.
If you can help us foster rescued rabbits, please write
in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Without foster homes, we
have to turn down many rescue calls.
Please support our rescue efforts. The Tampines Rabbits
and many other abandoned rabbits need all the help they
6th Nov 2004, Saturday - Brownie, Blackie and
Snowie were brought to ‘The Lodge’ at Chestnut
Drive Secondary School – joining resident rabbits
Sandy, Toby and Pebbles.
is an initiative by Chestnut Drive Secondary School’s
Green Club with the aim of educating the students on pet
responsibility and proper rabbit care.
Brownie, Blackie and Snowie will be fostered there until
they find permanent loving homes.
To adopt these lovely rabbits, please email
Snowie and Brownie spotted
Scabies on Brownie's ears
Blackie being spotted under the container
Their old rusty cages
Food given by their "owner"
Snowie's pain and suffering
Snowie and Brownie
Snowie eating the vegetables we brought
2nd Oct '04 - Brownie and Blackie
at the vet.
2nd Oct '04 - Scabies on Blackie's
2nd Oct '04 - Brownie,
Blackie and Snowie looking much better at the vet
Chestnut Drive Secondary School
students and their teacher Roy welcoming their new foster
Snowie and Brownie in their new
Pebbles getting to know his new
Resident bunnies – Sandy