Struggling to care for the dogs and cats under their charge at the new Tengah Animal Lodge, several animal welfare groups have appealed to the authorities for help to hire foreign workers.
Groups that have already moved to the lodge said they are buckling under the strain, while the Animal Lovers League (ALL), which will be moving nearly 300 dogs and some 200 cats to Tengah in about a fortnight, said access to foreign labour is a “very pressing need”.
At their previous location in Pasir Ris, the organisations had foreign workers supplied by their landlords, such as Ericsson Pet Farm and Pet Movers, as part of the tenancy arrangement. The workers came from countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines.
But the move to Tengah put an end to such arrangements, and some shelter representatives said they have been working 10 to 14 hours each day since moving to the new premises.