Facts about Pet Ownership in Singapore

Facts about Pet Ownership in Singapore

Pets provide great company for human beings, be it at home, while taking a walk for leisure or as a workout, and even when enjoying public parks or other places. The pets that are allowed in Singapore include dogs, rabbits, mice, cats, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and chinchillas. All pet owners in Singapore are expected to be responsible pet owners, which entails being committed and avoiding spontaneous or not properly thought-out decisions when settling for a certain pet. Pet owners must choose pets that are suitable for their homes and lifestyles. Also, pet owners must ensure they keep only the type and number of animals for which they can provide suitable shelter, food, water, healthcare, and companionship.

Here are some interesting facts about pet ownership in Singapore that you may not be aware of, but that are worth knowing:

The numbers of pets in Singapore

The number of people who own dogs as pets is on the rise each year. There has been a growth in the number of canine pets from an estimated 47,000 to about 62,000 in 2015. This figure of licensed dogs, which is in the records of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), is equivalent to a 32{6c7c2390eb24eba19afc6299ab0c24b598e116a628ab08d319258a40e5ce4e8d} increase in less than a decade.

Reason for the popularity of dogs

According to pet shop owners, the increase in the popularity of dogs as pets is due to the growing perception that dogs are very friendly animals.

Projected growth in the number of pets

When it comes to the general population of pets, their population in 2016 was expected to be about 824,000, an increase from 816,000 in 2014, according to statistics from a market research firm known as Euromonitor International.

Vet clinics numbers

Going by statistics from the AVA, pet clinics in Singapore stood at 53 in 2011 and rose to 75 in 2016.

Popular dog breeds

The information availed by the AVA shows that mixed breeds are the most common dog breeds in 2016 in Singapore. Other breeds in order of popularity are the Toy Poodle, the Shih Tzu, the Miniature Schnauzer, and the Maltese. There has been an increased  preference for small dogs in Singapore due to the fact that the majority of people live in flats.

Services for pets

Are you a pet service provider and are wondering what services you can offer to pet owners in the island state? Well, if you are not already a resident of Singapore, you first need to get your traveling papers, like a visa. You can get fast and successful service with an experienced agent, like Visa Express, which you can reach at https://one-visa.com/. As a pet service provider, some of the services you may offer include:

  • Dog-sitting
  • Cat-sitting
  • Cageless pet boarding
  • Pet nanny
  • Pet training school
  • Dog boarding

Legal matters on pet ownership

Owning a pet in Singapore has some challenges due to certain legal requirements that you must comply with; failure in doing so will put you at risk for punitive measures by legal authorities. Some critical notes on pet licensing:

  • It is mandatory to license all dogs for rabies control, and pets above three months cannot be abandoned.
  • All dogs need to be leashed in public places.
  • The Housing and Development Board (HDB) Animals Rules of 1989 allows only one dog of the permitted small breeds in each residential unit. Failure to adhere to this can attract a fine of up to $4000. Also, all breeds of dogs enumerated in Scheduled Dogs (potentially dangerous dogs) are banned from an HDB residential unit.
  • Private premises (non-HDB residences) are allowed a maximum of three dogs. To keep more than three dogs, special permission must be obtained from the AVA. Since November 15, 2010, each private residence may be granted a license to keep one scheduled dog.
  • Keeping cats in an HDB flat is not allowed and has been a longstanding rule. Statistics show that only 18{6c7c2390eb24eba19afc6299ab0c24b598e116a628ab08d319258a40e5ce4e8d} of Singaporeans live in non-HDB flats, which is the only population that can keep cats as pets. Despite persistent lobbying by the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) for the lifting of the ban, it has yet to be abolished.

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