I encountered ACRES, which stands for Animal Concerns Research & Education Society, earlier while watching a taped episode of "I Say". In a country where the pursuit of wealth is paramount to many and landspace for the wild is forever shrinking, we often neglect the other species which we share this planet with. I am thus truly surprised that this space of sorts for wildlife exists. Given their noble cause, and being an animal lover myself, I thought I just want to share this great cause with you.
I took the following information from their website: Mission of ACRESThe Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) was founded by a group of Singaporeans and registered as a society on 24th May 2001 (Registration No.: 176/2001). It was registered under the Charities Act on 11th January 2005 (Registration No.: 1849) and registered as an Institution of Public Character on 1st June 2007 (Registration no. IPC000559). ACRES aims to:
“To create a caring and socially responsible society where animals are treated as sentient beings and where the environment is preserved for future generations.”
* Foster respect and compassion for all animals.
* Improve the living conditions and welfare of animals in captivity.
* Educate people on lifestyle choices which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly.
ACRES strongly believes in promoting community involvement in tackling animal welfare issues and in building partnerships with all related bodies to improve animal welfare.
The society is driven by its concern for animals and adopts research projects on the use of animals in various fields. Research findings are then used to educate the public to promote active community involvement in the animal welfare movement, as well as strive towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties.
They carry cool stuff tees, badges, mugs and car decals on the web to raise funds for their causes too!
Like SPCA, ACRES do recruit volunteers, young and old, to help out with on their sanctuary at Mandai. Yes, it may be a tad far from where most of us live but hey, I am going to travel there on one of my mornings off to check them out. Any takers?
Oh, how do you get there?
ACRES Wildlife Rescue Cenre (AWRC) View map
Buses: 172 from Choa Chu Kang Interchange / Boon Lay Interchange, 975 from Bukit Panjang Interchange.Alight in front of the Home Team Academy (Old Choa Chu Kang Road) and a 1 kilometre walk to Qian Hu (follow the sign and turn into Jalan Lekar). The AWRC (91 Jalan Lekar) is located on the left of Qian Hu Fish Farm. If you are driving, exit into Sungei Tengah Road, from KJE (Kranji Expressway) and follow the signs to Qian Hu Fish Farm.
Labels: animals, Singapore