Thursday, October 19, 2006

News!

Michelle and I went for the AVA meeting this afternoon, which only ended close to 6. Unfortunately my PC is down so I'm borrowing someone's PC to post this!

The AVA has told us that it is okay to inform caregivers of the following. Firstly, they are supporting Sterilisation as one of the means of controlling the community cat population. They have letters that they have written to the town councils to state this. However, they will not SEND those letters till the TCs ask for them. So you may need to ask your TC to request the letter.

Secondly, they will be subsidising a certain amount for each cat sterilisation, subject to a limit. This limit is to be decided I believe in conjunction with the TC and the caregivers as well. The details have not all been firmed up yet and they will need to work it out with the TC. The TCs must also AGREE to be on this programme in order for you, the caregiver, to be allowed to claim the amount subsidised. If you want your TC to be on this programme, you should let your TC know so that when AVA contacts them, they will have taken into consideration what you want.

Exciting news no?

12 Comments:

Blogger Mezzo said...

That is so awesome! yOu must be so relieved!

19/10/06 10:39 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

There is finally a crack in the wall. Thank you cws. Thanks Michelle and Dawn for all the hard work.
One day the wall shall crumble :)

19/10/06 10:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks vegancat - but honestly, it was due to the hard work of everyone together. Without all of you, the caregivers, this first step would not be possible. And not to dampen anyone's spirits, but it is just a first step - the next step is for residents to convince their TCs that their TC should take part in this programme! As always we will be happy to help if you need us to explain to the TCs. At the same time, many of you are already working with your TCs which is wonderful, so this is just a further step.

19/10/06 11:07 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Unbelievable! What a first step! After so long, I don't even mind the footprint residue big exposed =P

One last update on the bloggie! ho! Ho! HO!

19/10/06 11:14 PM  
Blogger Wei said...

Applause!!!!!!
ALl of u are working very hard towards the welfare for the cats in SG...
Dawn is right, its a TEAM effort... n supports from each other is so impt!

20/10/06 12:15 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Team :)

20/10/06 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to pour cold water on this "achievement", but how this is different from the SCRS? You may feel that you have won a great concession from the authorities, but this can withdrawn at any time without warning, like what was done before. And in the past AVA used to sterilise for free, now they are only going to "subsidise" it.

As you can already tell, AVA appears half-hearted about this scheme. Otherwise why wait for the TC to ask for the letter instead of sending it out themselves?

20/10/06 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about condo residents? Can a resident requets for the letter from AVA to forward to council members/management council?

20/10/06 9:36 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - AVA used to sterilise for free, but only for some areas under the scheme, and only for a limited number of slots a week, which were cut off. These also had to be done at AVA premises so there was a long backlog. These will be done at private vets which means there will be more flexibility.

As for how the programme is different from the SCRS - it's going to have to be monitored and looked after differently. How can we be sure it wasn't pulled? In one word - we can't. Because at the end of the day, if SARS or something like it happens again, I'm not sure ANY programme is safe.

BUT, and here's the big BUT, the TCs were happy to pull out of the programme at the time. They didn't feel it was working for various reasons. One, some caregivers got lazy and didn't bother to sterilise the rest of the cats, which meant the population grew. Two, there was the problem of very bad dissemination of information, and very little understanding of Mediation. I don't think Mediation was really done in some areas at all - so there was an angry resident, and a TC officer who felt he couldn't remove the cat but didn't approach the caregiver, or the caregiver didn't really help. I wrote an earlier piece on why I felt the SCRS 'failed' which you may want to read if you haven't.

I think the AVA doesn't want to send the letters out because the TCs gave feedback the last time, the SCRS was basically shoved on them and the AVA is concerned this doesn't happen again.

As I mentioned, this is a first step - not a great achievement as you have termed it - and there is a lot of work to be done. BUT, surely it is good to have support from the authorities. Right NOW for example, how do you ensure your cats aren't caught?

I think that the one good thing that did come out of the SCRS being shut down was that it brought a lot of caregivers in direct contact with the TCs - which again was lacking before. Many now have better programmes then before SCRS. With residents actively involved, and saying THEY want the programme to work within their own areas, and carrying this over to a more formalised programme, I think this can only be a good thing.

20/10/06 9:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I am sure you can get your condo to write in as well. I don't think they have worked out the details of for example condo management yet though.

20/10/06 10:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Fruitful meeting, good for everyone. The wall will definitely crumble vegancat, we just have to be united and not give up.

20/10/06 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Cold Water, "achievement" is having ava (ie Govt) support that sterilised cats have a place in the community. The TCs will in turn be less ready to 'cull' & more willing to work with the care-givers regarding coummunity cats.
If life there are only two certainties: death and taxes. In all else, changes are inevitable.

So hopefully care-givers keep up with the sterilisation of their neighbourhood cats. A L-tipped ear is license to stay.

20/10/06 5:47 PM  

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