Thursday, January 18, 2007

Cats of Parliament Hill, Canada

Someone posted an article on the cats in Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada on my blog earlier. Calsifer sent me the following really interesting articles about the cats.

First of all, there's a blog - scroll down to read the text.

Next on the Prime Minister of Canada's website, there is an article about fostering cats and he and his family set a wonderful example by fostering cats themselves and adopted one of the foster cats.

Here's an article from the Canadian Parliament Hill website letting people know about the TNRM programme going on there. I love that they mention that the TNRM shelter is a symbol of compassion, which is one of the important elements of Canadian society.

Let's hope this will someday become a reality in Singapore.


Anonymous AutumnPiglet said...

We can hope.

But with our government being so finicky about cleaniness and hygiene, etc ... at the same time associating cats and other animals as being dirty. It's going to be a long while before we can have something like that happening here.

18/1/07 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will consider visiting Ottawa and if possible, stay there for a while. Here, you get a rotten feeling about somebody culling community cats.

18/1/07 10:48 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Kind of makes you want to move there doesn't it?

18/1/07 10:55 AM  
Blogger auntie p said...

If I'm not wrong, the cats of Parliament Hill were shown on the cable's Animal channel. The old man started feeding the cats as a promise to a friend, and he had to cook the food, then take a bus to feed the cats. Later, someone noted that the "catman" was getting old and needed help also in coping with the increasing cat population, so the word spread, and volunteer vets were roped in to help with check-up and sterilisation. The place is popular with the locals who would visit with their families to see the cats.

Why can't our society be enlightened like them?

18/1/07 11:17 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

If you look at the blog, you can see all the tourists who flock there to see the cats. they've become an attraction in their own right.

This was one thing we had suggested to STB - foreign visitors love our local cats. They find them unusual and we thought they could be nice, friendly Singaporean ambassadors. Unfortunately they were deemed to be not 'pedigree' enough.

18/1/07 11:20 AM  
Anonymous AutumnPiglet said...

Funny that they are deemed not pedigree enough? Aren't those cats on parliament hill your run-of-the-mill strays too? Look how lovely they are with proper care.

Any stray cat or dog or animal, given the proper care and love will blossom into a beautiful pet. Case in point is that of Mocha aka Sara that was adopted through Calsifier.

Not pedigree indeed! Our government needs to rethink how they work.

18/1/07 11:30 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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18/1/07 11:44 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually the previous people in charge of STB were keen on promoting the Singapore cat - but the management we met after wanted to promote the Singapura, which we pointed out, isn't even a Singapore cat at all but a cat that has to be imported into Singapore! They wanted a definitive cat that had a specific look and would be easier to 'brand' I think. There was a concern our local cats with their many shapes, sizes and colours would be difficult to market. That's what I actually think is charming about them!

18/1/07 11:46 AM  
Anonymous AutumnPiglet said...

Totally agree.

Even so-called pedigree do come in all sizes and colors.

18/1/07 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

difficult to market? a cat is not a product. as Dawn said, we shld celebrate the diversity we find in our local cats. i for one think our alley cats are very pretty, with their petite size and pointy faces. this obsession with marketing a definable thg is a purely s'porean concept. i am sure tourists ar fully capable of embracing the concept of a pretty breed of hardy singapore born street cats. and why must everythg associated with s'pore be high class and branded?

18/1/07 1:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

When I used to work at Raffles Place, tourists would often stop to take photos of the cats. People asked why their breed was so unusual, why their tails were kinked, etc. When I saw photos of our community cats overseas, it is often remarked how sleek and beautiful they are.

18/1/07 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, the cats near fullerton hotel, right? they are really cute. i think they are related - almost all of them are tabbies with white chests and socks! there used to be more of them. hardly any now.

maybe we shld start a drive to promote our cats overseas an when demand (and maybe even price) goes up, they will suddenly be viewed as worth saving!

18/1/07 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore community cats are worth more than branded products. They are more than high class and yet they are deemed worthless as pets for HDB residents. Ignorant people do not know how to treat them well.

18/1/07 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is outrageous and ridiculous for STB to reject the existence of community cats.
Have no idea STB could feel so insecure...and shameful of
God's creatures. They should not orchestrate falsehoods, it's a disgrace.

18/1/07 9:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - to be fair, STB did not deny the existence of our community cats. They just didn't want to really promote them. In the end, they said they had some collaterals for the Singapura already set to be rolled out and would work on some for the community cats but we never heard from them after that. Having said that, I never saw the Singapura collaterals either.

18/1/07 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think STB can market Singapore as a city that kills community cats unrelentingly due to intolerance and prejudice!

18/1/07 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was a concern our local cats with their many shapes, sizes and colours would be difficult to market. "

Haha read this statement and rolled over in laughter....

Are we Singaporeans not too from all shapes, sizes and most important of all colours? We pride ourselves and sell our country as multi racial and culturally diverse.... and when cats are like that we say it is hard to sell??? haha haha haha Thanks Dawn for the first great joke I have heard in 2007.

No wonder they say those in the civil service are smarter than the rest of us. Their logic is really beyond my pea size brain to understand.

19/1/07 3:26 AM  
Anonymous lyn said...

Good to hear. I used to live in Ottawa and good to know the compassion of animal lovers there. hope it happens here someday too.

22/1/07 3:17 PM  

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