Friday, April 08, 2005

Fantastic volunteers

Number of cats the Society was asked to take in today :- One

Fantastic giving people who are willing to go all out to volunteer are very rare - so when one comes along, it goes a long way to restoring your faith in human kindness and decency.

A lovely young lady emailed to say she could help to foster. When I wrote to ask if she could help to take in the kitten dumped in the field, not only did she immediately agree, she offered to go down, pick up the kitten AND bring it to the vet. Not only that, she offered to pay for any expenses incurred. I wish that everyone was like her - it would really help to go a long way to making Singapore a truly caring society.

Since we're on the topic - kudos to all the great volunteers who go out every single night and feed, sterilise and manage colonies of cats in all weather and who put up with abuse and un-supportive families sometimes.

2 Comments:

Anonymous siew kah said...

a co-worker told me today that she has never met a person who feeds stray cats and who is not 'weird'. I am sure many singaporeans share her sentiments.

the socially constructed 'weird' cat feeder says a lot about what singapore society considers as outsiders: female, low education, low income, care for the under-dogs/-cats, pursuing an activity that is not financially gratifying, handling the 'dirty' and 'property' that has been thrown out by other people, etc. While the 'real' cat feeder varies a great deal from this stereotype, it remains that what people think of as a cat feeder is the complete opposite of what is considered a 'successful' person and therefore has no place in our 'aspiring-to-be-first-world' society.

a homeless cat carries a far larger meaning than what appears on the surface. people who want stray cats killed are really more interested in eradicating what these homelss creatures symbolise.

10/4/05 12:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You've made a very good point Siew Kah - that there is a stereotype of people who feed cats and it's not very complimentary. Of course there are some volunteers who are not as well educated or may have lower income, but I think it speaks volumes that while they are less able to afford it, they take the time, effort and money to try and help the cats.

At the same time, it's important for all feeders, regardless of income level, age or gender to appear credible and not 'weird' - ie by always appearing rational and calm if they are ever stopped by someone while feeding. If the caregiver is able to explain what they are doing (feeding responsibly and sterilising)then the person who is unhappy the cats are being fed may realise their fears are unfounded.

10/4/05 12:49 AM  

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