CHAMP Day One
Today was the first day of CHAMP and Michelle and I went to several workshops and also went to the exhibition hall, which is huge. The first session I went for was the one on Spaying young kittens. Apparently it has been done in the US since as early as the 1970s. The two vets gave us a video and it will also be posted on Animal People. It's amazing - I timed it and they did something like 4 males in 2 minutes. Also, younger kittens heal faster, have fewer complications and actually have a longer life expectancy if they are sterilised younger. There were a whole bunch of references as well to show that it makes sense both in terms of health and more importantly, population control. They mentioned that in adoption programmes 30-60% of people never bring the cats they have adopted back, even if they have free sterilisation, and many of these cats will then give birth themselves, leading to more problems. Sterilising the kittens young means that the cat will be given out adopted. In addition, we won't have town councils trapping unsterilised young kittens if they have agreed to leave sterilised cats alone. It also means that once a mother has weaned the kittens, we can bring them ALL in because they can start doing surgery on kittens at 8 weeks old. It was an extremely interesting session.
The other session we both went for was one on voucher programmes for sterilisation, but it turned out not to be very relevant to Singapore. Michelle went to speak to one of the speakers also about statistics and checking your success. Unfortunately, it was so full, Michelle couldn't get in.
The last session was the international panel, where we gave a short presentation on our work. There were great presentations from people all over the world, from Iran, India, Ireland, Romania, China and other countries.
We also stopped in to look at the Neuter Scooter that does 35 cats every time it stops in a neighbourhood. I'll be posting the photos.