Monday, November 28, 2005

Touching cats at adoption drives

Someone from AVA called to feedback to us that someone had called them to say that CWS did not let his grandson get near the kittens yesterday at the adoption drive. I've asked them to ask him to give me a call if he'd like us to explain why.

While we appreciate the need for people to see the cats, they are not play things. They do get stressed out and if everyone is poking or handling them, they can really get upset. We do limit the number of people who handle the kittens and cats so as not to stress them out. If you have ten people all playing with the cats, that's ten times the amount of stress for the cats. While a certain amount of stress is inevitable, it's also important to try and minimise the stress for the cats.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

See how overindulgent and overprotective guardians are?
Even feel angry enough to complain to AVA over such trivial matter?
Were the guardians afraid that because this little deprivation, it will stiffle the kid's academic achievements?

28/11/05 6:04 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

You don't let the kids play with the cats, people complain. You let the kids play with the cats and the cats scratch them, people also complain.

Can never win.

28/11/05 7:44 PM  
Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

some people think they rule over animals.

incidentally on saturday i had to tell a lady repeatedly (politely of course) "the cats are for potential adopters to view only".

she said her son wanted to see the cats.

tough.

28/11/05 7:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Once at an adoption drive, I was holding a kitten that swiped a child, I was crossing my fingers we wouldn't get sued, and the father said, she should have known better then to try and grab the cat! Whew.

28/11/05 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

AVA should hold this Pet Ownershership/Responsible event at Pet Safari in Eastpoint, Simei. You have the potential and current pet owners. Some people treat this place as a pet zoo. They think they can just pick up a hamster, rabbit, guinea pig or dog from the shelve and take picture with them. They think they have the right to play with them. All these people have absolutely no knowledge of any animal behaviour. How such move can stress them. For example, the staff provided cotton wool for the hamster to keep them warm. The hamsters hide and sleep. The window shoppers complained that they could not see the hamsters and insisted the staff to bring them out for them to carry and stroke. Huh? They think this is a petting zoo? Inexperienced staff panic and older staff are more garang and will refuse such people. And if you hear comment like "It's only a dog what! or a cat lah! or a mouse lah!", it is difficult to keep your hands by your sides.

29/11/05 8:55 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unfortunately Moglee the aims are slightly different in terms of pet shops. Many of them are interested basically in selling the animals and making money off it - not the welfare of the animals. As such, many of these pet shops may consider adoptions as competing with their 'business'. The more enlightened way of doing things would be to basically have adoptions in store - that way, people can adopt a cat or other animal, but they'll buy all the accessories for the rest of that animal's life. We hope more shops will go down this route.
Still I think AVA does go around and try different places every year.

29/11/05 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope to live to see the days when selling of pets is banned. It's akin to slave trade.

29/11/05 10:09 AM  

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