Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Video offer

A caregiver wrote in to offer to help us shoot a video on Sterilisation. This would be great! Together with our Trapping video, the two would be very useful to show at exhibitions or even to send to people who might need it!

Newsletter for group

Vegancat's TNRM group has an informational newsletter which was given out to the other members in the group. This is to just keep them updated on the news in their own neighbourhood and with other cat related issues. What a great way to keep in touch! Good work Vegancat!

Adoption postings

The volunteer who helps answer all the adoption board requests mentioned to me today that some potential adopters get very annoyed if not contacted by the fosters within a certain time. One of the fosters recently went away and did not tell the adoption volunteers. As such, the volunteers emailed the foster and called, but could not get the foster.

In the meantime, as this was a 'popular' kitten, the requests came flooding in, and in its wake, five different angry emails that no one had contacted them. One woman said that she thought that there was no such kitten at all and that it was made up. Why we would waste our time posting fake kittens is beyond me. Most people want certain kittens, so it's not as if they will settle for another kitten if the one they want is not available.

So fosters, please let us know if you are unavailable for some time (that kitten had actually been adopted out by this time) and adopters, please realise that we don't have the kittens. We forward your emails, but we can't insist that the adopters must answer. We will black list people if they consistently do not reply - whether adopter or foster.

"Feeding Strays Bad"


Feeding Strays Bad
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Again thanks to Geraldine for this photo. Here's the square that says Feeding Strays is bad.

Social Responsibility game


Social Responsibility game
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Thanks to Geraldine for sending this in. It's the Snake and Ladders game that was given out at the Social Responsibility fair.

Check with town council

If your cat goes missing, do check with your town council in addition to the SPCA and AVA. A few cats seem to have gone missing in a particular town council and one of the people who wrote in said that her cat had gone missing a month prior to this but was found in an entirely different part of Singapore. If you or other witnesses see the cats being caught, but did not turn up at the AVA,you should lodge a complaint with your town council and ask where the cat has gone.

Check with town council

If your cat goes missing, do check with your town council in addition to the SPCA and AVA. A few cats seem to have gone missing in a particular town council and one of the people who wrote in said that her cat had gone missing a month prior to this but was found in an entirely different part of Singapore. If you or other witnesses see the cats being caught, but did not turn up at the AVA,you should lodge a complaint with your town council and ask where the cat has gone.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Cat on car update

The town council officer emailed to say that the RC would like to meet with the volunteers to see how best to deal with the community cats, which is a good opportunity to explain the programme. The caregiver is going to arrange to get the other caregivers in the area to turn up as well.

Clinic


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Jolanda and I went by to the clinic that used to be Animal Recovery Centre West. We can start booking slots there for community cats once they've agreed to the rates. This is the window of their clinic. I have come down with a flu so spent the meeting blowing my nose with one hand and scribbling notes with the other! :)

We went to the warehouse after to pick up some more t-shirts and cards.

TNP Retraction(29-11-05)


TNP Retraction(29-11-05)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The New Paper printed a retraction today.

Meeting with vet

Jolanda and I are going to go see a vet today. A new clinic has opened up and they're offering us slots, so we're going to see what can be worked out.

Spay Neuter Stamp


Spay Neuter Stamp
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

After Coboypb's comment the other day about stamps, I wanted to post this. The humane societies in the US worked for literally years to get this stamp to see the light of day. It sold out incredibly fast and they're trying to get it reprinted.

And now for something completely different

After that heartwarming story about the cat stuck in the car engine, I spoke to a town council officer because a caregiver said she heard that the cats in the estate were about to be removed this morning.

The officer said they wanted to remove one cat which liked to lie on someone's car and the person claimed their car had been scratched. I asked if we could go down and take a look and ascertain if this was so, but the officer said that the complainant does not want to meet up. He just wants the cat removed. He claimed that he had to repolish his car.

While it's possible that a cat could have scratched a car - nothing is impossible after all - it isn't very likely. I'd still like to go down and take a look, but the complainant does not want to co-operate. If he wants it to stop then why not let us go down and find a solution besides removing the cat? If the problem stops, and the cat remains, then everyone is happy.

He also mentioned that he didn't like this cat because it sat on his car. I have to say I have trouble understanding that - some people complain the cat isn't doing anything, but it's just sitting on their car. I realise people spend a lot of money on their cars, but it's COLD sometimes, especially when it's raining. Scratches are an entirely different kettle of fish, but if the cat just wants to sit on your car for a little warmth, why begrudge the cat that little comfort? In fact, jumping up and chasing the cat is more likely to make them extend their claws - hence increasing the chances that your car might be scratched.

ST article (29-11-05)


ST article (29-11-05)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

What a great story! It's so nice to see that some people put a cat above their car and that others would spend time extricating it.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Meeting with SPCA

Marc, Michelle, Jolanda and I went to meet with SPCA. It was a pretty interesting and preliminary meeting with some of their committee to see if there were ways to work more closely on issues such as sterilisation. I'm glad that the different welfare groups try and work together - we do work pretty well with the other welfare groups too. We met with ASD and HRSS when they first thought of setting up and they came to ask about setting up a society - they are doing such fantastic work and it's inspiring to see what other welfare groups do!

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.

Another busy day!

I went to the accountants after to get our quarterly accounts picked up.

A reporter from the Straits Times called - they're doing a story on the microchipping of all dogs, and wanted to know if it should be extended to include cats. I spoke with LT and Michelle and we all agreed that it makes no sense to extend the ruling right now as no one can keep a cat in an HDB flat anyway. If the idea is to curb abandonment, then people must have the legal right to keep cats in the first place.

Also spoke to a new vet clinic and they mentioned they may be able to offer us subsidised rates. Jolanda and I will go down and speak with them tomorrow.

Michelle, Marcus, Jolanda and I are going to meet with some of the SPCA people tonight to discuss if we can work together in certain areas. It's important for animal groups to work together too so we can all speak up for the animals.

Cat Adoption


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One of the adoption volunteers and I went down to try and get a cat adopted out. The potential adopter will get back to us. This handsome boy is also up for adoption.

Curbing Pet Abandonment

Channelnewsasia.com

Reporter strikes again

The reporter emailed about the cats obsessed with women story again. Now she wants to know if we know of anyone who is single and has more than 10 cats because they want to interview her. Note this has to be women - not men who might have more than 10 cats, because you know, single men with more than 10 cats simply cannot exist. This is akin in my mind to saying, do you know of any large/short people so we can make fun of them.

I told her (and this is true) that I don't go around asking people for their marital status or how many cats they have generally.

Better way to deter feeding of stray cats - Nov 28, 2005

Better way to deter feeding of stray cats - Nov 28, 2005

Joint CWS-SPCA letter.

The title is deceiving as we're not deterring the feeding of community cats at all, but trying to stop irresponsible feeding. Two different things.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

"Don't teach them to play it safe, Sterilise your Pet"


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What a catchy slogan. Here's a writeup on the adoption drive by one of the fosters

5-Cat Style & The Flyer

Lillian


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Lillian talking to a member of the public.

CWS Store


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Thanks to all the volunteers who came today!

Responsible Pet Ownership Road Show


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Eight cats were adopted today, and merchandise sales were really good!

Meeting new comm members


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Marcus, Michelle & I met with two potential committee members today and Lillian and Liang Tong joined us a bit later as well. We met with two very accomplished women and we're hoping they will join the committee next year.

Back of the AVA postcard


Back of the AVA postcard
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

AVA postcard


AVA postcard
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Isn't this a great advertisement?

Bird Flu Defense System

Welcome to uComics Web Site featuring Non Sequitur -- Comics Online, Comics, Political Cartoons, Editorial Cartoons, Comics by Email

This is great.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Tiger with book


Tiger with book
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Kitty Stamp


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Isn't this a lovely stamp? It's from Fabric of a Nation - we had a patchwork up too!

Long meeting

Tired - just got back an hour ago from the meeting. While the other committee members left late (past midnight), Marcus and Michelle and I stayed on till 4:30 am to discuss the meetings we are having tomorrow with potential committee members and what we plan to talk to them about. As you know, some of our committee are leaving and we need some new people in our committee.

Folding letters


Folding letters
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Folding newsletters after we finished the meeting proper.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Cats and Kids

I read these two articles and was struck by the mention of cats in the second letter. When I read the letter about children and how people should tolerate their behaviour, it struck me that some parents are like some feeders - ie unable to see that their children or their cats can ever be in the wrong.

It also occurred to me that just like children and cats, I would think that the majority of people don't dislike either children or cats (or for that matter dogs, construction, etc) but that it only becomes an issue when the child or cat or whatever it is starts to bother other people.

For example, when I flew to the US last year for CHAMP, there was a baby on board. I didn't even see the baby because he or she was sitting somewhere behind, but I certainly noticed him or her when the baby cried for the duration of the flight. Similarly this year, I sat next to a quiet man - quiet that is until he went to sleep and snored the entire flight. I certainly don't hate men or babies - but I was cranky and sleep-deprived by the time I arrived and certainly not thinking happy thoughts at that particular moment.

The thing is at the end of the day, it's about tolerance - not just for children or cats, but just in general. At the same time, parents and caregivers should be responsible.

It's interesting to me that it's politically incorrect to say anything against the behaviour of children (and not as it is commonly confused with, against children themselves), but that it seems that people have no qualms complaining about cats. If we're preaching compassion and tolerance, then I would hope it extends to all - after all, that is the best example to set for the next generation.

"Kids harder to handle"


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

ST Life 25th November 2005

"People should forgive kids for their behaviour"


Letter - Children Letter
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

ST Life, 25th November 2005

Marc's New Ipod


Marc's New Ipod
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Proof that some committee members live, breathe, eat and even listen to CWS all day! :) Photo courtesy of Marc.

Sterilising Males and females

There is still this feeling among some caregivers that it is okay to just sterilise the females and not the males. While it is true that obviously females are the ones that actually give birth, males need to be sterilised too.

Male cats are the ones that fight, that spray and are the reason why a lot of the nuisance complaints come in. This jeopardises your entire colony. They are also in much better health when you sterilise them - they're less prone to cancers, and of course FIV and FELV which are spread through fighting and mating among other things. It will improve the overall health of your colony to get them sterilised.

Male cats may also just wander off if your females are all sterilised - and this means they'll be impregnating some other female cats somewhere else, so please get your males done as well.

Be fair to cats. We could live with a few meows - Nov 25, 2005

Be fair to cats. We could live with a few meows - Nov 25, 2005

I like this letter except for the bit about the community cats. The conditions she mentioned are all ones we've suggested to HDB - in addition, we suggested microchipping the cats as well.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Two different views of life and death

I had two very different phone calls today. One was from one of our caregivers who was very worried. There was an injured cat in one of the areas and along with the girl looking after the cat, the cat was taken into the vet. However, the vet said that the cat was a terminal case - it had a growth that had spread and the vet recommended putting the cat down as it was in pain. The girl was very upset and understandably so. She just wrote in to say that she does not know what to do. The caregiver was concerned because she thought that the cat was suffering.

On the other hand, someone called to say he had to give a cat up for adoption. He wanted to know if he can bring the cat to the adoption drive this weekend. He found in the undercarriage of someone's car and was concerned it would get killed, so he took it home planning to adopt it. However, the cat did not get along with his present cat. He said that he wanted to know what the chances of it getting adopted this weekend were and I said that it was very hard to say, but he could always give it a try. He said if it wasn't adopted he was thinking of bringing it to the SPCA.

I told him that he could at the last resort bring it back to where he found it - I told him that this was why we did not encourage people to pick cats up unless it was an emergency. He said however that the cat might have a 'hard life' on the streets, or might get run off by another cat. I told him that while that was true, the cat had a 50% chance. If it went to the SPCA, because of their severe lack of space, the cat would in all likelihood be put down. I emailed him to say that if he had rescued it from the undercarriage then putting it down would defeat the purpose now.

Some people think that death is preferable to life on the streets. Yes they MIGHT die on the streets, but they have a fighting chance. Being killed leaves you with zero chance. On the other hand, they might live - so many cats do have a good life especially when they are looked after in well managed colonies.

Cat Welfare Society: Special Appeals

Cat Welfare Society: Special Appeals

Here's a special appeal from the Society's website. Ben rang me up - I don't know him at all, but the vet has mentioned that she had seen the cat and it needs the operation.

Litter in pebbles


Litter in pebbles
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The litter that people throw into the pebbles.

Pebbles


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The cats were defecating in the soil, so the caregiver put pebbles in and this stopped the cat from defecating there.

Lucky


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This is Lucky, who can walk on a leash! I finally got to meet Lucky while delivering cat traps today.

Cat traps - a good time to talk about TNRM

One of our volunteers drove with me to deliver cat traps this afternoon. We stopped by and I passed two traps to a caregiver. One of the men walked by and looked at the trap, so I told them what we were doing. When I first started delivering traps, I used to think it should be done a little quietly, so as not to bring attention to the trap, lest people want to bother the caregiver. However, what I've since found is that the opposite is true - that people tend to be very interested in the traps and that this is the best time to explain about sterilisation. People will then tell you they noticed ear tipped cats and didn't know what it meant, or that this is a good idea. If they have any objections, that is the time to tackle it as well.

The same thing happened today. As we were talking to the caregiver, one of the men walked by who might have been a contractor for the building. He mentioned that there had been 40 to 50 cats in the area, and that according to him, it cost $80 for pest control to remove the cat, but that if they hired some of their own workers, they paid $10. The volunteer explained to him that it was more effective AND humane to let the cats remain where they were. He said that there were complaints of defecation and we explained that the caregiver was taking care of that. I passed the caregiver some of the solution that Minako kindly donated so she'll be trying that.

The contractor said that the caregiver had a good heart before walking off.

Tabby and green


Tabby and green
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This lovely boy was just sterilised last week. His caregiver is trying her best to manage the complaints and get the cats sterilised.

Town Council and HDB

I just spoke to a woman who said that an officer had come to her home while she was away. Her husband answered the door. The woman said that she could not keep cats in her flat. I asked her for more details as she said the woman was from the town council and not from the HDB. She called them up and it turned out the TC had not been by. The only thing she knew was that the officer was a woman with short hair.

She did not know what the town council did, nor the HDB. In a nutshell, the town council takes care of the surrounding environment - the walkways, the corridors, void decks, etc. The HDB takes care of the flats - and the flats contrary to popular belief aren't actually owned by the flat 'owner' even if the person has bought it. The flats are rented - and that's why the HDB can impose conditions such as no cats within the flats as the landlord.

If someone does come by, make sure to ask for a card or some form of identification so you know whom the person is.

Off to deliver more traps.

Making sure the cats do not get out


Making sure the cats do not get out
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The woman I dropped the trap to had wired up her background.

Cats with cat traps


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I dropped off some cat traps this morning and there were a lot of willing volunteers to demonstrate use of the cat trap! The cat didn't even look upset when the door closed.

Banks - put on earth to thwart clients

I went to the bank in the never-ending saga to get the GIRO forms processed. They told us we needed to submit an application form, but now they say we have to resubmit our Minutes of the Meeting and the bank resolution(which were already submitted). I've told them we only need to change the level of access because of the wrong information they gave us, but no, even though we were misinformed, everyone has to resign and resubmit the forms. I should have known there would be a problem when they asked if it was okay to use the form which I downloaded from their own website!

The girl on the hotline (whom the people at the BANK had to call - they don't know their own policies) said to call the hotline if I had problems. I told her I've called and been giving different instructions every time.

She advised me to just submit the GIRO forms anyway since I was there, so I tried to do that. The staff there told me the forms have to be submitted to the individual banks of the people who want to donate to us through GIRO. She decided to check and she called up the hotline who then told her that I cannot submit the forms - we need to do it online with the online banking password which we do not have. When I told the woman I was speaking to that this was a different set of instructions, all she could was apologise.

I still don't know how I'm supposed to submit the forms.

Unsterilised male


Unsterilised male
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Another unsterilised male. You can see how their faces sort of 'puff' up. They also always look more unkempt and scarred.

Delivering Cat Traps

I'll be delivering cat traps today. I can't fit too many in my car (as I learnt yesterday) so I will not be able to deliver to everyone, but will try and send as many as I can.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Lillian hauling traps at the warehouse


Lillian carrying traps
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Traps and warehouse

I knew it was going to rain today - not because of the weather report, nor the ominous skies, but because I was going to the warehouse. This is a sure indicator that rain is on the horizon (literally). Lillian and I went to pack Christmas cards, merchandise for the exhibition, and at the same time, collect cat traps, but in the end, I could not fit all of them in the car. Luckily Jolanda was able to help out because a lot of people have ordered traps this week.

It was a bit overcast when we went to the warehouse, but as we were carrying stuff to the car, it started to rain and it rained till we loaded the last trap, whereupon it stopped.

Next time there's a drought, you know what to do.

Unsterilised Male


Alpha Male
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

We saw this unsterilised, alpha male cat. Look at the big fight scar he has. Unsterilised male cats tend to have scars, limps and other injuries.

Shops


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The woman's possessions had been moved back so the walkway was clear, but this is a view of the shops in the area. I'm not sure if it isn't as much of an eyesore.

Visiting the "Cat Woman"

Lillian and I went down to the Bukit Batok woman's house which was reported in The New Paper. I have to say that she had four cats and they were kept in a small carrier. She said that this was a temporary measure as she's renovating her flat. We asked that she at least use a larger cage and she said she would do so. The cats are in okay condition - they are well fed but in a tiny pet carrier at the moment which she says she'll change.

She actually has four cats - and here's the thing, I don't think that the cats are the problem. The problem really is that the flat is a mess - there is a lot of furniture lying around which basically looks dirty (and not just from the renovation). There is a smell of cat urine, but it isn't coming from the area where the cats are being held - the whole flat was quite dirty, and there were random pieces of furniture lying around - filing cabinets and the like. The windows were all closed and there was hardly any ventilation. I think this problem would have occurred with or without the cats - and so terming her a 'cat woman' is misleading. The problem here is really one of just basic hygiene.

Cages outside flat


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Lillian and I went to visit the Bukit Batok 'Cat Lady'. This is the view outside her flat.

Bukit Batok and warehouse

Lillian and I are going to Bukit Batok to try and find the woman with the cats in the walkway. We're then going down to the warehouse to pack stuff for this weekend and so I can pick up cat traps - we have a lot of people asking to borrow them this week for some reason.

Cat trap in area


Cat trap in area
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I also saw this - there were a lot of unsterilised cats. Apparently someone feeds but does not sterilise.

Cats behind chair


Cats behind chair
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

When I was walking by to check out the area where the kitten was attacked, I found these little kittens sitting on the chair - they scooted behind the chair when I approached.

Flyering about dog attack

I went down and flyered as much of the area as I could before it started raining again. People were generally quite co-operative and someone called me to say that she saw the man every day at one point, but has not seen him in a while.

Liang Tong will take over tonight and flyer the rest of the area. We also left posters at the vet clinic.

Flyer


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Going flyering this morning before it rains again!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Pensive


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This cat was following people in and out of the office complex/shopping centre and was obviously waiting for his caregiver. Apparently he is a fixture there and has been there for a long time.

Getting out of the rain


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This cat was sitting on the second floor landing trying to get out of the rain. This is miserable weather for cats - and for people too if you don't like rain!

Cat removed from adopter

I went for a meeting with Marcus and Michelle this afternoon, then met Shireen at the adopter's block. He let us in, and we took Bombay back. The good thing is that Bombay looks fine, but the adopter had been behaving in an increasingly strange manner (not answering phone calls, claiming no one was home when someone was, etc). In addition, Bombay's sibling misses him. It's not that adopters are expected to be at the beck and call of fosters of course, but it was very unusual that he said he did not receive any phone calls when before the adoption he was very prompt with calls, and then that the person inside would not open the door when Shireen and the adoption team member dropped by yesterday. The story also appeared a little suspicious and made everyone uncomfortable leaving the cat with him. He did let us take the cat back without any problem though.

It was still raining when I left so no flyering today. I went instead to try and buy the plastic covering for our bookmarks, which I managed to buy after trying two different places. We'll need them in anticipation of this weekend's AVA event.

Bombay


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Bombay back with his foster.

Cat in trolley


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Such a rainy day today that this cat made itself at home in this corner. Photo is blurry because I was balancing cat carrier, umbrella, bag and camera!

Bus Ad


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Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

A strange bus ad I saw on the way to Tiong Bahru.

Packed day

Going for a meeting, then going to pick up Shireen for Operation "Cat Rescue", then if it stops raining, and it isn't too late, will go down and flyer Balestier.

I don't think I can fit in buying the covers for the bookmarks or the wrapping paper today.

Our Town Sparkles

Do Not Feed Stray Animals

After speaking with Deirdre, I went to the website and found this.

More town council anti-feeding messages

Deirdre from SPCA just called and discussed sending in a joint letter. Apparently, Selina from the education department gave a talk at a children's fair the other day, and there was a snakes and ladders game that included a square that said that feeding strays was bad and to move back 5 squares if you landed on it. In addition, there was a VCD produced that also said that feeding strays caused problems and was undesirable. The VCD was produced by a town council. I have not seen the VCD myself, but Deirdre suggested that the two societies write in together to give the letter more weight.

If the question is one of cleanliness, then vilifying feeding per se is really not the way to go.

Tackle strays with sense and a soul

TODAYonline

Good letter in Today!

Monday, November 21, 2005

This story is getting stranger

The editor from the New Paper called. Apparently, one of their interns gave them the information, and said she met with a foster, and someone from CWS, but she could not remember the CWS member's name. The foster is also baffled as she has no idea what this case was about either and she has never heard of the Bukit Batok case.

After going down with Shireen to check on the kitten at the new adopter last week, and after we had bought mentioned that it was important to keep in contact with Shireen, the adopter has become all evasive again. Shireen and one of the adoption team members went down, and they could hear someone in the flat, but the person would not open up. They've been told they can come back tomorrow.

Women obsessed with cats

I sent off the quote to the journalist about women 'obsessed with cats'. Apparently the sample size was the 6 or 7 women that the journalist and her friend knew who had above five cats each.

Posters are down!

Geraldine wrote to say that the Stray-free and feeding of cats posters have come down! Good work to Geraldine and the other people who wrote in.

And food for the cats


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The food disappeared so quickly Marc didn't even have time to take a photo!

There was food for the people


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Coboypb


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Coboypb in her shirt.

Ashley in t-shirt


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Ashley in a cat shirt!

Women and cats

One of the reporters called today to say that she wanted to do a story on why women are so obsessed with cats - in relation I think to the Bukit Batok story. I told the reporter that hoarding is a psychological problem and it affects both men and women. People also just hoard about anything. The most famous hoarders were these two brothers who were eventually killed by the junk they accumulated in their home. I don't think she knew about this though.

I really dislike this whole notion that women like cats more than men - if you look at it, more women as a whole are involved in social work, so that's probably why you see more women helping out than men in just about any society.

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Again courtesy of Marc. The committee chatting.

Committee


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Part of the committee at the get together.

Jolanda demonstrating (Marc's Photo)


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Jolanda demonstrating how to trap. Look at those rapt faces!

CWS Get together

We had a good get-together yesterday. People seemed to enjoy themselves, and we did too, though there wasn't enough time to really speak with everyone.

It was really nice to see people mingling, sharing stories and the like. Jolanda gave a demonstration on trapping to the people who wanted to see it - probably one of the last few that Jolanda will give before leaving Singapore.

Liang Tong rounded up what the Society did over the past year and what we hope to achieve in the future as well.

We also had a lucky draw and some people were so obviously excited over what they won that it was really nice!

Thanks to everyone who came down!

Winning a cat trap


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This experienced caregiver was very excited to win! She said that she had won exactly what she wanted.

Cat Trap Winner (Marc's Photo)


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There was a lucky draw with prizes including cat traps - that were only to be used for sterilisation.

Coboypb & The Budaks (Marc's Photo)


jasin
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This photo was taken by Marc - notice how Marc's photos are a LOT nicer than mine. It's the fancy camera I tell you! :)

People mingled


PICT0020
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.