Removing cats to be placed in private estates
I just received a complaint that made me wonder if I ought to laugh or cry. The complainant claimed several things, including the fact that the cats were scaring residents with their sudden lunges from quiet corners. In addition, furballs were seen rolling/flying around the common areas - must be a huge cat to generate that much fur. I somehow have this image I cannot erase in my mind of a dusty Western town with tumbleweed blowing across the screen as the cowboy squints across the dust, and sees - a CAT! The cat lies in wait, waiting to lunge at him as giant furballs fly across the screen.
The complaint was sent in by Dr Teo who wanted to know if we could help. I wrote back to say that we'd be happy to look into it (and jokes aside, I would have been happy to go down and take a look), but that I didn't see how we could help with a no-stray policy.
He just replied to say that he would like us to arrange for adoption by cat lovers into their homes in private estates. I just replied to say that I was sorry all the people we knew in private estates were already full and that if he knew of anyone to please let us know as we were always on the lookout for people who want to adopt cats. I also said that we had an adoption board that we encouraged him to look at to see the large number of cats up for adoption and for which we were already looking for homes for.
During the meeting on Monday, he suggested that CWS should have a hotline which town councils can call every time they have a complaint so that the cats can be turned over to us. He said that the TCs might be able to support this by rounding up the cats, sending them to the AVA for sterilisation and then sending them to us to be rehomed or removed.
He had suggested then as well that they could go into private homes. We pointed out that the fact that the vast majority of Singaporeans live in HDB flats meant that there simply cannot be enough homes in the 15% of the population who happen to live in non-HDB estates. That's why we asked during the meeting if he would consider supporting our proposal to the HDB as well in terms of allowing cats to be rehomed into HDB flats for his policy of aggressive adoption, but unfortunately he was not prepared to do so.