Migrating because of the cats
I just heard an interesting story from someone who just rang up. There had been a complaint about her mother's flat as they had some community cats and some adopted cats. They lived on the second floor and allowed the community cats to come up and walk in and out of their apartment. I went by to advise them not to do it any longer. The TC had informed the HDB and they were issued a letter telling them to get rid of the cats.
The woman called me this morning and said that her brother who lives with the mother said this was the last straw and decided that because of this, they will emigrate. He is going to quit his job and with his wife and mother they will be moving.
His sister who called me said that the first thing they want to secure is how to bring the cats with them, so she called up to check about the requirements. I advised her to check with the Embassy of the country they are moving to.
This isn't the first case of people migrating because of their cats - or of not wanting to come back to Singapore. I know of a young lady who moved to Australia because of the same reason. Another young man wrote to say that he studied in the US and wanted to come back with his cat but wanted to check the HDB rules. When he heard cats are not allowed, he said he decided to stay put.
Some people will think it's extreme - but I think it has to do with family. You want to be in a place where you and your family are safe and secure - and for a lot of people, that includes their non-human family. If you have the opportunity and the money, some people will take that option to move to somewhere which they feel may have a better environment for themselves and their family.