Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I just spoke to a caregiver who mentioned to me that she had been paying off a cleaning supervisor. According to her, the supervisor calls and tells her that there are problems in the area and will call in pest control. However she has found that by giving him a bribe, he lays off the cats. She says he never takes the money directly, but she leaves it on a table and he picks it up, and the complaint goes away.

I asked if I could come down and speak with the person, but she said not to, as the man now alerted her if there were problems. If she paid him off, he didn't trap the cats. I said that if there were problems, if the area was being taken care of, the cats should not be removed anyway. I know this caregiver and she is very responsible. However, she said the rest of the feeders there were not very good at taking care of the cats. She said that there were irresponsible feeders dumping food around and she could not find them no matter how hard she tried. She said there was food dumped even though they were feeding responsibly and cleaning up and she could not find these ghost feeders. In addition, cats were being abandoned, and when she went and claimed some of the cats that were trapped, none of the feeders wanted the cats back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


The cleaning supervisor is legally wrong to accept money from the public, be it the feeder or caregiver. He will get into trouble with the law if discovered. It might jeopardise his job. If he is wise, he better stop now.

He can help by asking the feeder to clean up the place after feeding.

24/5/06 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hv a feeder here who will buy small gifts for the cleaners during festive seasons.

Occasionally, she buys boxes of chocolates and biscuits for the cleaner's children. But she don't give money.

24/5/06 2:26 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous 1 - yes he certainly is, but who's going to report him? The caregiver certainly won't - and I can see why she doesn't want to even though the supervisor's actions are wrong. She thinks that so far if he does not trap her cats, it is a good trade off.

Anonymous 2, a lot of caregivers I know do that. It's basically a thank you I think and not so much a bribe. Many caregivers are grateful that the cleaners do a very thankless job - and would like to show their appreciation.

24/5/06 2:32 PM  
Blogger auntie p said...

At my place, the cleaner is one of the cat caregiver. I give her a red packet during CNY and sometimes dry cat food, bec I appreciate what she does for the community cats.

Dawn is right - theirs is a thankless job, and at very low pay. Cleaners in Sg are one of the most exploited workers around, and because of that, I try to be tolerant of them even if the cleaner at my office is doing a lousy job and takes long naps on the job.

24/5/06 2:42 PM  
Anonymous imp said...

it's very simple Math. if those feeders don't want the cats back, then leave it as it is. then perhaps in the 'cruelty', the irresponsible feeders will learn that their actions cause more harm than good.

i was scolded by this irresponsible feeder. she was sprinkling food all over on the floor and the cats didn't seem hungry enough to gobble up. so i told her to leave them in containers. she said it's a waste of money blah blah blah. cats will eventually eat the food. right...more like 4 hours later or something. the damage would have been done. the public would see the dirty food and complain about the cats.

things like that make me want to scream and do the evil thing of 'removing' all cats to make a point.

she should not pay off the cleaner like these. the cleaner might take advantage and who knows...the complaints might be coming frm the cleaner in a bid to get more money. it's not the greatest solution, esp if she can't sustain the bribes..

24/5/06 6:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Imp, it isn't I agree, but I can also see where she's coming from. The sad thing is that some people know that the caregivers really care for the cats and it's their 'weak spot' if you will, which they can then manipulate to their own ends.

24/5/06 9:41 PM  

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