Thursday, December 07, 2006

Visiting Alley Cat Allies

I dropped by Alley Cat Allies today and it was great seeing new friends and all (both of the human and feral variety!).

There was sad news though - ACA started because of the dedication and hard work of a few committed individuals who were looking after the cats in an alley. Of that original colony, the last remaining cat passed away today.

The amazing thing though of course is that from a humble beginning - a national advocacy organisation was born which helps thousands of caregivers and cats. So as caregivers, don't think that you're powerless or cannot change anything. You do have the power to make a huge difference just by doing exactly what you do!

15 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

I hope CWS and ordinary people who care beyond themselves, who care beyond just their own species, will make for a better existence by recognizing the rights to others to exist with us.I hope for the day when the gahmen will not see that speaking about the need to consider our environment in our economic strides, as just balonies from a bunch of loonies with no political power.

7/12/06 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Furry said...

Fully agree with vegancat and hope that CWS will be the next ACA.

7/12/06 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.alleycat.org/

7/12/06 7:30 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

Wasn't Louis Ng of ACRES put forth as a possible NMP the other day?

7/12/06 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nominate Dawn for the NMP post.

7/12/06 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helping cats and dogs won't bring glamour but animals in general and close support by Dr Geh Min got Acres land and political position.
Of course Louis has done a good job in his capacity as leader of wildlife rescue.

7/12/06 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If elected, hopefully Louise will also speak up for the "non-endangered" but nonetheless similarly feeling animals in our midst.

7/12/06 11:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Louis and Wilson, also active in environmental work put themselves up as candidates for NMPs. I am sure both of them will speak up for all animals if they become NMPs.

8/12/06 12:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

PS I think that the good work and tenacity that Louis and ACRES put in was what helped them. In fact, funnily enough, Louis mentioned that what was really helpful was the FEEDBACK unit. He wrote in to them and that helped!

8/12/06 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this up dawn. For caregivers like myself, who really feels sometimes like the things we do will not really affect anything, its good to have hope and know that a little bit means something. Maybe not today maybe not tomorrow but it does means something. So im taking encouragment in your words. thanks.

8/12/06 12:16 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

I've been around other areas away from my residence and found many cats with left-tipped ears...so well-fed and looked contented. They are so attached to retailers (vice-versa) at their area. I struck up conversations with some who don't know and they are happy CWS is taking care of the kitties.
To all the care-givers, you have done more than just saving the cats but creating warmth in the neighbourhood! More people are aware of CWS and our mission. Boy am i proud to be a member...
These tipped-ear cats bring smiles instead of complaints, knowing good deeds are done and maintained!
Yep, any animal activist and definitely Dawn will get my vote for NMP nomination!!!

8/12/06 12:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - I'm very glad and Koratmao, blush :)

8/12/06 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed if our gahmen will to open their eyes on their grassroot rounds and see the increasing number of tip-ears, they should appreciate the people behind these tip-ears. They should be encouraged. Who knows, they may just extend their volunteerism to other areas in the community. If they are treated as pariahs, the bad taste may last for a long long time.

8/12/06 4:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - some people volunteer because they are passionate about something and then they find other things to be similarly passionate about!

8/12/06 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the worst traits of Singaporeans is Apathy or "simply boh charp".
I hope the leaders will recognise and use community cat volunteers as models of what active citizenry is about.

10/12/06 4:35 PM  

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