Thursday, September 22, 2005

Visit to Alley Cat Allies

I dropped by Alley Cat Allies again yesterday - they're going to help sell our "Real Singapore Cat" book on their website.

They're hard at work with the cats down in the Gulf Coast because of all the cats displaced because of the Hurricane. I did speak with Donna and Kris from ACA for a while - realised that the situations we face may be in different countries, but that people around the world behave the same!

For one thing, she mentioned that they have problems getting vets to do early spay neuter too. Donna took two years to convince a vet to do it - and now he says he really likes it.

We were also talking about people who won't sterilise and keep saying they'll find homes for them. One lady Donna spoke to had 27 cats by the time they got her to sterilise them.

I've always thought that if you took caregivers from all over the world and put them together, they'd find they have far more in common no matter what their culture or background. We all speak a common language - cat :)

Cate from Humane Alliance also wrote. She has said that she would be willing to come to Singapore so share how to start up a clinic! That would be great - now we just need to get funds to get them over!


Anonymous slushy said...

what are vets' reasons for not doing early neutering?

22/9/05 4:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

They say that the effects have not been proven and it hasnt been done for long enough yet. It's actually been done since the 1970s - and there have been numerous studies to show that it may in fact be beneficial to the animal.

23/9/05 12:34 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

It will be good to have the rescued kitttens sterilised before they are adopted out as some of the adopters are not contactable after a while, leaving us wondering if the kittens are sterilised later.

23/9/05 10:54 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes they found that as many as 60% of adopters will not sterilise even if you give them free sterilisation.

23/9/05 11:10 AM  
Blogger The Imp said...

the going sure sounds good. am sure you've lots of insights to inject into your work when you're back in singapore!

24/9/05 10:09 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - once I'm home and more organised,I'm going to write a bit more about the stuff I learnt.

24/9/05 1:23 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Just found 2 3-month-old kittens dumped at one carpark and 1 2-month-old kitten dumped at the adjacent carpark. If only we can get them sterilised at this age, then they are safer from being caught by pest control.

24/9/05 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Jeepers! I am astounded when I read that in the States as many as 60% of adopters will not sterilise even if you give them free sterilisation.
I thought this mostly happen in Singapore or Asian countries because of religious or cultural believes. Guess this is a common problem then.

25/9/05 12:17 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes it would be great - and then the kitten won't reproduce. Plus, it would be a good thing to tell TCs - if we sterilise them ALL at say three months, how WOULD they reproduce? It's not physically possible.

25/9/05 1:09 AM  

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