Monday, December 12, 2005

Lost and Found

Since our Lost and Found page went up on the website, we have been inundated by requests to put up notices. We're happy to put up the notices, but in one or two cases, I have noticed that people write in, but when we suggest they check with the town council and AVA to check if the cat is there, they can't be bothered. I don't understand this - they're obviously upset enough to write in, say they want us to post (and in one case to post ASAP!) but when I asked them to check with their town council or AVA, they wrote back to either say, never mind, or that they would get around to it in a few days. This is despite the fact that I told them that speed is of essence.

It is upsetting that their cat might be put down because they just can't rouse themselves to find out if the cat is there, or they have decided they don't really want it back now.

8 Comments:

Blogger animalfamily said...

hope i never lose a cat but good to know - if a person who lives in HDB claims a cat, will that be construed that he or she is keeping cats in their flat and get into trouble? is that why some people reluctant to go to AVA or town council? will the authorities ask a lot of questions as to why you claiming the cat?

12/12/05 8:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

No because they are different authorities and different rules. Actually quite a few town council officers ask us to tell people to keep cats IN the flats. They realise it will cause LESS problems overall.

In more than one meeting, officers in town councils have also said they wished that people be allowed to keep cats officially. They feel this might help (1) prevent abandonment and (2) more cats would be taken OFF the street.

12/12/05 9:40 PM  
Blogger animalfamily said...

what if it is a community cat that people might want to save? bringing it home may not be an option. is it advisable to claim and put it back in the community?

13/12/05 2:12 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You mean if it was caught by the town council?

13/12/05 9:25 AM  
Blogger animalfamily said...

yeah

13/12/05 3:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The cats are not allowed back on the street actually. That's why it's important to try and prevent them from getting caught or to get the TC to release them alternatively. You need to give a non-HDB address to take them out.

13/12/05 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people do not really want to put in any effort to find their missing pets. What if they call and the cat is actually at spca or ava? It is better not to know as they would not "have time" to collect the cat anyway.
If cws lost/found is just an email away, an attempt has been made to find the cat !!

15/12/05 11:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - in the meantime, the poor cat may be sitting there waiting to be collected.

16/12/05 12:24 AM  

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