Happy Birthday CWS
Since it's our birthday, permit me a little stroll down memory lane.
CWS was started 7 years ago today by a group of friends who saw a newspaper article about some kittens that had been burned alive. They started sending the article to each other and saying that something had to be done. Contrary to what some think, these weren't people who only liked cats - they were in fact people who liked all animals, but it was thought that the situation was most urgent for the cats. At the time (and it continues till now), double the number of cats are killed each year as compared to dogs - the largest number of any animal killed in Singapore each year.
Friends invited other friends to join, people chipped in to donate money to set up the Society and it was registered on this date in 1999. The original name of CWS was actually "The Cat Project", but it wasn't allowed to be registered because the word "Society" was not in the title - regulations are more lax now.
Most of the original group are not actively involved in CWS anymore, though one of them remains on our committee. The rest have migrated, burnt out, or gotten very busy with their jobs and lives, though they are always there to call on when there is a need. The original group also believed very much in the process of renewal, while balancing a sense of continuity - and hence they actively tried to pick new people to come onboard, which we try still to do.
Also our focus through the years has really boiled down to Sterilisation. It's something the original group believed very strongly in, but we now focus on TNRM as a programme, and have pared down on other aspects such as adoptions and school talks, because we want to get TNRM as recognised and accepted as possible and that means focusing most of our attention on that.
So Happy Birthday CWS and we hope to have an even better year this year!