Calling pet owners to ‘join the club’

Calling pet owners to ‘join the club’
(Left to right) Ms Wendy Lee, founder of Proud Owners of Guinea Pigs in Singapore, account manager Adeline Seet, and physiotherapist Felicia Seet, with their guinea pigs and cat, at the launch of Pets and Friends Club, housed at the Serangoon Community Club, on 29 June 2014.

About 4,000 visitors went for the two-day event over the weekend, as pet owners paraded animals from palm-size guinea pigs to macaws in resplendent shades of red, blue and green.

The Pets and Friends Club, believed to be the first of its kind here, aims to bring residents who are pet owners closer as well as educate them to be responsible owners, said the club's chairman, Mr Matthew Lim, 44, a grassroots leader in Serangoon.

"We see a growing number of pets around, and we intend to hold seminars and training to teach people how to properly care for their pets. Responsible pet owners are, by extension, happy neighbours," he said.

Some activities lined up include pet wellness and obedience courses, as well as group outings.

The club, housed at the Serangoon Community Club, is the idea of the People's Association PMET (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) division and its other partners, including 12 pet social groups.

These groups, such as the Golden Retriever Club of Singapore (GRCS), have come on board to raise awareness about their particular breeds.

"We notice that people buy golden retrievers because they are cute, but they should realise such dogs can be noisy and even destructive as they are very strong, and they need a firm hand," said financial controller Christine Ng, 42, a co-founder of the 5,000-strong GRCS. The Serangoon resident is also one of the new club's 120 members.

Physiotherapist Felicia Seet, 34, who has a cat named Ginger Milk Tea, said: "(The club) is a great way to meet other animal lovers... there's a common love and passion that bind people like us together."

This article was first published on June 30, 2014.
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