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posted by Dawn @ 1:45 PM
The breeders are going for the money, stop the breeders. Low education and almost no skills, they find the easy way to make money. AVA has lots of land for breeders and non for sterilisation programmes. Why blame SPCA for killing? One way SPCA can stop the killing is to reject incoming animals, let owners do their own euthanasia. Then owners would call AVA van for destruction. Blame who? Blame owners.
Hmmm .. that could be one way. Make the owners who are dumping the animals SEE the euthanasia. That might make them think twice. As it is, because they do not actually see the process, it's out of sight, out of mind.
autumnpiglet - I've always thought that is a big problem. Anonymous one problem is that owners would just happily call the AVA too and say they 'don't know' what happens after that.
SPCA's hands are certainly tied at certain issues. Hope strong sterilisation program,allowing cats by HDB, strong enforcement on abandonment would helps brings the culling rate down.
I had a chance to speak to a lady from SPCA at my work place. I told her about cats using my work place as KKH and I am so sad each time the management tells me they have to call SPCA because I have an absolute idea what's gonna happen next. SPCA will inspect the animal and after 24 hrs, its fate is sealed, if there's no space, or if its unhealthy. There's simply no way out. They are just one organisation with little money and manpower.All of us animal lovers will then start calling people to take in the cats but we only succeeded twice. I took home a whole bunch and someone adopted the kittens while my friend took home another in another birth.The lady was so sad and she told me to get sterilisation vouchers from her the next time. In fact, anytime as we are trying to build a partnership with the SPCA. I was thrilled cause I know one actually has to ballot for them. I'm trying so hard to promote the TNRP to my bosses and forwarded the information from Dawn to them.I also told them that the CWS can loan us equipments to chase away the cats so that we have lesser births. Hopefully the day will come.Meanwhile, anyone who needs sterilisation vouchers can drop a note at my blog. I'll be most willing to ask if the SPCA can give me some again. Bless you, caregivers.
Sterilise the strays, as many as you can for year 2007. Take leave from work and do intensive sterilisation. You will never regret your gift to them.Write to SPCA and tell them what you think about those owners who abandon their pets and turn SPCA into a death station.
Profpig - yes the SPCA does give out slots but of course they too have limits based on financial constraints. We also have subsidised slots in case anyone needs them.
Perhaps even showing owners how pets die might not really help. Reasoning being some owners simply treat the pet as a pet. Something that one owns, and is a walking toy. If it "breaks down", throw away. I have seen and heard of first hand accounts of horror stories of unwanted pets flushed down the toliet bowl or thrown into the dustbin. Please dont tell me these people dont know the pet will die an agonising death? To them animals have no feelings. The problem in Singapore is that pet shops are not well regulated and home breeding is not illegal. This results in breeding by all sorts of people from students to adults of all sorts of animals. Just go to pets.com.sg and you will see the tons of hamsters, puppies, etc etc for adoption for a "fee" Worse are those who ask for a mate for their pet, so as to breed them or as some would say let their pet enjoy parenthood. The problem needs to be stemmed at the source. Even if HDB changes all rules, and we are allowed to keep anything and everything, unless there is education and regulation. There will never be enough homes for the never ending litters of animals. Incidentally for sterlization, although there are information provided by CWS and SPCA. There are still owners that feel that it is unnatural and it is a sin to do so.
Anonymous I disagree - for one thing you can't flush a cat down the toilet. Why do most people abandon their pets or send to the SPCA? Why not bring it to the vet to put it down themselves (besides the costs)? Why is it relatively fewer people send their animals to the AVA? Because people want to give themselves the illusion that 'maybe' the cat or dog can be adopted whereas they know there's not much hope at the AVA. Should it not be adopted and put down, again it's not their fault - they tried their best.Even your animals thrown into the dustbin - you'd be surprised, they assume someone else will come and pick it up and it will have a 'chance'. When faced with actual death though, most people don't want to see it. If you ask them, they don't want the animals killed - they don't want to think about it, they don't want to see it so they can walk off with their hands clean.Even with people who want cats removed, most of them shy away from the topic that they are killed. They don't want to be confronted with the fact, even if it's at the back of their mind. I think it's time that they SHOULD be made to feel uncomfortable.Unfortunately there will always be a small portion of people who think sterilisation is wrong. The US started promoting TNR about 15 years ago though and now believe that as many as over 80% of home owners sterilise their pets. However a persistent 10% or so would not sterilise, no matter how cheap it was.Stopping people from breeding their animals alone isn't going to stop the problem of overpopulation, because there are still animals on the street, but it will stop new animals from being added into the environment.
What is so natural about allowing cats to multiply and then watch the kittens die or be culled? Hypocrites who do nothing and yet blame the kind souls who sterilise. Sheer Stupidity. Talk big and can't prevent their suffering.
breeding is quite a no-brain thingy. But they see money, nothing else.
Some people feel it's not 'natural' to sterilise the cats. I think though it's not natural to have them killed because of overpopulation either.
Some believe their divine guardians will care for all the abandoned cats and kittens.
One of my neighbours refused to sterilise their cats because his wife was pregnant. Its a taboo. After the wife gave birth, their cat also gave birth. It ended their taboo.Luckily all the kittens found a home.
And fortunately they sterilised the cat too!
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