Friday, October 20, 2006

Abandonment

We discussed the problem of abandonment too yesterday. Michelle and I mentioned that this is something that really needs to be tackled to make the programme work. For example, if the TNRM programme is working as it should in an estate, there really ought not to be any increase in the number of cats. However, the problem is when people start dumping.

One of the officials yesterday urged us to get evidence to implicate the people dumping, but as I said to her, it's almost impossible. You find the kittens and cats - and that's ALL you find. Few people are silly enough to leave any form of identification (few but fortunately not ALL). Plus right now, how do you prove they do belong to the person in the end? Even if you can pin the cats to the family, they can come up with all kinds of excuses because there really is no legal ownership of the cats. THIS is where microchipping might come in handy for resident, home cats.

Now the current method of dealing with this is to remove the cats when they are dumped. This means though that every few months, some cats or kittens are taken away to be killed. Meanwhile, in a flat somewhere, the same mother cat is probably getting pregnant or getting ready to give birth again. Who is penalised? The caregivers, who are seen to be 'letting' the population grow, the TC who then send pest control down again, the residents who see more and more cats in the estate and the taxpayers who are paying to have the cats removed.

Who is NOT penalised? The irresponsible owner. He or she is the one who isn't bothered and quite happily leaves the cats downstairs for someone else to handle. Is there something wrong with this situation?

10 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

Yes this is the most fearful thing for us caregivers who finally got almost all the cats sterilized and then to find newbies, courtesy of these irresponsible owners! Right now we have a female hopping around nervously and we have to spend so much time searching and hopefully befriend her to trap before she starts "Litter-ing" and the whole TnRm is in jeopardy!!

We really need effective strategies to deal with this.

20/10/06 11:12 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Just this morning, someone wrote and said that she found a kitten. Someone else had taken it in, and that the person's landlord told her that no cats were allowed and so she dumped it back on the street.

20/10/06 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One of the officials yesterday urged us to get evidence to implicate the people dumping"

Hur hur. Tell me, where do these people come from, Dawn?

20/10/06 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Short of CCTV's all over the place, it is impossible to catch these dumpers.

20/10/06 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How abt home cats who roam the streets? I just spoke with a proud owner who told me her cat uses the overhead bridge to go the the other side to visit her friend. The cat is now missing. She's quite sure someone took it home cos it's a persian. I was thinking the cat could have been killed on the road.

Groups and societies shld have active programs to educate people from this COMMUNITY that it's not cruel to keep cats indoor all the time and let them know what will happen to their lovely cats when they roam. I've spoken with many of them and I can tell you this - they have no idea. I'm thinking maybe you could give talks at the cat shows.

Half of the cats in my area belong to some families. How are we going to make headcount for them?

20/10/06 1:02 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well some of the officials realised the problem, but I suspect some of them may not have as much experience with things happening on the ground.

20/10/06 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alot of pple think its okay to let their cats roam because 'they will come back' Even my grandma says its ok to let them run around outside because thats what people did back in the kampung days...

@_____@ what to do like that...

20/10/06 1:19 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - do they have no idea or are they just telling you that? I am constantly seeing people who let their cats out, but don't have a problem with it, or tell me they do it all the time, or just lie and say it is not their cat. Many people don't see why they can't let their cats out. Telling them that it is fine usually elicits responses that their cat 'wants to go out'.

20/10/06 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure whether is it the convenience of not having a litter box in the house or they really think it's 'poor thing' not to let the cat out when the cat wants to go out.

Sometimes i believe they know there's a danger but they just want the cat to have a good time outside. They will keep their cats in when neighbours start to complain and when they receive letters from HDB or TC. But 2 months later they will be all out again. Hai......

20/10/06 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only TC's joined in the voice of voting to allow cats in HDB flats, provided they are sterilized, microchipped and kept indoors - emphasize to HDB that otherwise their job would be close to impossible! Sure, everyone's been telling HDB but nothing like TC's saying, "Hey, this is the reality we are facing everyday... complaints, cull, new cats, complaints, cull.... vicious cycle. Legal ownership only way to account for the cats".

Another Anonymous

20/10/06 7:30 PM  

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