Friday, September 30, 2005

The "are you for real?" request of the day

The woman who wrote in yesterday (and just wrote in again a few minutes ago) to ask if we can help foster a cat for her till her child's exams are over. That way she can decide AFTER the exams if they want to keep the cat. She just wrote in to say that she has decided against keeping the cat after I explained that if she decides NOT to keep the cats in three months, then we will be in a real bind.

We've been getting a lot of people writing in again asking us to take cats. I wonder why the sudden influx of requests.


Anonymous The Imp said...

it must be the end of the year spring-cleaning period. so might as well spring clean the fur out of the house too. cats/dogs look good as ornaments during those house parties.

it'd be a bit of work to sift out genuine caregivers/owners from those who just want to 'test the waters'.

30/9/05 10:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It is usually - but with this woman, right off the bat you can tell this is one strange request.

30/9/05 10:22 AM  
Blogger cat_aunty said...

that woman needs to be shot

30/9/05 11:12 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I also just learnt that this pre-festivity increase in abandoned cats is a perennial phenomenon. Can CWS collate some data, perhaps from SPCA's intake of cats and maybe AVA's increase in culling during this period to verify if this is true. If so, then can some kind of public education such as celebrities on short clips on the media be broadcasted during this period?
In my estate, we have a sudden appearance of 4 kittens and last evening, we found one more kitten and one mature siamese-x.

30/9/05 11:18 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

From my observation, it is true. Festive seasons scare me for that reason.

30/9/05 11:22 AM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

Sounds like a good topic for a newspaper article! Maybe do a press release or something, and have a media interview.

30/9/05 12:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

If I'm not wrong, I think the SPCA did something similar last year. Anytime there's a big festival as Imp said, some people take the opportunity to do 'spring cleaning' and toss their animals.

30/9/05 3:40 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

So this is how the lives of cats are affected by the human calendar: they get tossed out before festive seasons, and they get abused by kids during school holidays.

1/10/05 9:53 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes SK good point. School holidays are another worry. Some children are bored and get up to no good and the cats suffer.

1/10/05 10:56 AM  
Anonymous The Imp said...

apparently,it's 'cat season' in australia too. read that on karen cheng's blog.

2/10/05 2:56 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

And in the US - fall and spring are kitten season.

2/10/05 3:53 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Through births - not abandonment necessarily.

2/10/05 3:54 AM  

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