Monday, October 23, 2006

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!

17 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

Happy Birthday Cat Welfare Society! May the birthdays never end until every cat is safe and sound :)

23/10/06 10:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes then we can ALL of us retire :)

23/10/06 10:52 AM  
Anonymous christine said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, the greatest Cat Welfare Society!

may many more cats n all in-charged be blessed=)

23/10/06 10:54 AM  
Blogger budak said...

Happy Bday to CWS and thanks to all of you for your tireless work!

23/10/06 11:18 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CWS! It's thanks to you that we're robbing kitty mojo and running kitty soup kitchens =P

But seriously, I remember seeing a flash of the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel when we first read about CWS. You brought something different and refreshing to the animal welfare table in Singapore.

I also remember volunteering with btmao at roadshows in the early days, which were usually held at places like the Heeren, and getting to meet the EXCO members - those girls sure can inspire!

Our whole idea of volunteering at roadshows was a sort of cop-out, because taking on the full TNRM seem like way too much work, and we thought rather than having to bail halfway, don't take the plunge at all.

But look where we are now - operating 3 TNRM branches, and trying to get organised with others in the area. It's CRAZY, and there's not always fun - sometimes it is blood and tears. It's tiring too, now btmao can barely stay awake past 9pm... but that's another story. ;-P

Thank you, CWS, for what you've done. I think it's an understatement to say the Tipped Ear Clan appreciates you, A LOT, but if they could know what is CWS, i'm sure you'll get tons of meows and purrs too.

I would wish CWS many happy returns, but I think our universal hope is that one day, there'll be no need for CWS to exist. So I will just wish you every success!

23/10/06 11:41 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Happy Birthday CWS!

Thank you for all that you've done for the cats!

Many many happy returns!

23/10/06 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Yoyo & her cats said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CWS!
Thank you for your efforts & passion, it's inspirational!

23/10/06 11:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks everyone :) *sniff* all of you are very sweet.

23/10/06 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To dawn and all the tireless volunteers of the CWS and caregivers everywhere, you guys inspire me everytime I read this blog. Please keep up the excellent work and hang in there! You all are such wonderful people.

23/10/06 12:27 PM  
Anonymous geraldine said...

Happy Birthday & Thank you, CWS. :-)

23/10/06 2:52 PM  
Anonymous veganmeow said...

H A P P Y
B I R T H D A Y !!!!

23/10/06 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Happy Birthday Cat Welfare Society.
Thank you CWS for your stray cats sterilisation program, helping to reduce the overpopulation of strays.
And a word of appreciation to Dawn Kua, for her hardwork in CWS.
God bless you all.

23/10/06 6:13 PM  
Blogger E_Cat said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CWS!! Your good work has blessed the lives of many community and disadvantaged cats, and also community cat caregivers!

23/10/06 11:08 PM  
Anonymous yskat said...

Happy BIrthday! And thanks for putting up with unreasonable person after unreasonable person because you are out to save the cats.

24/10/06 12:40 AM  
Blogger dolcedonna said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

*kitty jumps up and down*

24/10/06 3:02 AM  
Anonymous eslina said...

Happy Birthday CWS!!!

To ALL CWS members & volunteers - Thank you so much for all your hard work and God Bless!

26/10/06 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday.

thks to the volunteers and most of all, thks to the fosters and adopters as they hv contributed their time, money, efforts and hard work.

28/10/06 2:01 PM  

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