Thursday, September 28, 2006

Meeting last night

We had a dialogue session between a town council and the caregivers in an estate last night. This TC has been in the news of late. The GM and an officer represented the TC, an officer from AVA was there and almost 20 caregivers came.

I think it was quite a useful session. We suggested a way to deal with complaints so that cats not be removed that both TC and caregivers found acceptable, namely, that

(1) if a complaint comes in, caregivers are alerted and given a period of time to deal with it;
(2) caregivers let the TC know how it was resolved. As a result, no need for any action on part of the TC;
(3) should the complaint not be resolved and the situation persists, the sterilised cat in question may need to be removed or relocated by caregivers;
(4) if the caregivers do not wish to do so, they will alert the TC who only in this instance, will remove the sterilised cat.

It was also agreed that should any sterilised cat be caught, it should be released by the pest control on the spot. If for some reason it WAS taken to the AVA, the TC should make arrangements to have it released to the caregivers. CWS is supposed to be the liaison between TC and the caregivers.

A resident raised the question of anonymous complaints and the TC said they would give these complaints less weight, which is great to hear. The TC also said that if the programme works well, there is no reason it cannot go on indefinitely.

The TC also suggested working with the RCs which is a great idea. I hope this marks the beginning of a good working relationship between the TCs and the residents.


Blogger calsifer said...


This gives me hope for getting our TC to listen too.

Now, if only the army will fall in line...

28/9/06 10:19 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

**applause** for the evolution towards a truly gracious society.

Everywhere in Singapore, there is so much "human nuisance". If we can be tolerant of this, let's also be tolerant of what others considered as nuisance as well.

28/9/06 10:37 AM  
Anonymous HW said...

This is very great news indeed, progress I call it! :-)

And if this system works, and I know it will, reading from what you've said, it should also be "spread" to all other TCs and their respective RCs etc...

Then we will have happy TCs, happy residents, happy caregivers and most important of all, happy cats!

Dawn, just to sidetrack a bit, do you have like a profile of which part of Singapore, residential area, HDB or private houses - have the most complaints? Do you guys ever do such profiling?

Because where I stay, is consider a small estate, and everyone here just seems to like cats, or at least don't mind the guys roaming around at our void decks or in the grass patches... at least this is what I see...


28/9/06 11:29 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes good news indeed - I do hope the caregivers and TCs will work together to achieve this.

HW you're right - there are more tolerant areas and less tolerant areas. We don't really profile to be honest, but from my own experience (and this is a huge generalisation), if I were a cat living in an estate with 3 to 4 room HDB flats is the best!

28/9/06 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if AVA/pest control catches cat which are sterilise but not TIPped?

i not very sure if they are able to differentiate when they can even capture the sterilised ones.

28/9/06 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a situation such as this, where there is a team of obviously responsible, active and organised caregivers, is it necesasry for pest control to come in at all?

after all, i take it the caregivers are in the process of sterilising as many cats as they can and the unsterilised ones may be roving strays, newly abandoned pets or the really shy ones that are difficult to catch. whatever it is, they are in the minority and rather unlikely to cause nuisance. why is it necessary for pset control to come in at all?

28/9/06 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

I feel very hearted to hear the TC say that anonymous complaints would be given less weight.

That's the way it should be! Cos if the complainant is too chicken to give their real names and details, then they shouldn't have a voice.

Even stevens! Good for this TC!

28/9/06 11:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

to be honest, none of us can. I can't tell a sterilised cat from an unsterilised cat if it is not tipped. However considering that all community cats sterilised have their ears tipped, I doubt this will be happening very often at all. For the few that were done before ear tipping, ear tipping can be done at the vet.

28/9/06 12:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - they're NOT going to call in pest control, except in those circumstances which I mentioned (ie the caregivers have been called, they have handled it, they cannot handle it, and will be handing it on to the TC).

28/9/06 12:15 PM  
Anonymous ck said...

I find it's generally easier to tell whether the cat is sterilized or not even if its ear is not tipped if the cat is a male. Male cats generally have a bigger body and the shape of the face is more round. Also if you look closely at its behind, just below its tail, a sterilized male would still have some excess skin covering where its testicles used to be.

28/9/06 12:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ck - generally, but what of female cats?

28/9/06 1:11 PM  
Anonymous ck said...

Dawn - nope, I have still not mastered the art of distinguishing a sterilized female cat from an unsterilized one yet.

29/9/06 1:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry CK what I meant was that I was agreeing with you, but that it's hard to tell with a female cat.

29/9/06 2:33 PM  

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