Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cat at Camp

We went by to the army camp. Rebecca got there first and fed the cat which had been caught. It has been in the trap for the last two days as they didn't know what to do with it. The guy who called us though had been feeding it.

We went and took a walk around - the problem is that the cat has been rummaging in the garbage and stealing food, as well as making some of the dogs in the camp bark.

The guy we spoke with had to check with his officer. Rebecca offered to book a slot quickly for him. We asked them to please sterilise and release the cats back onto the camp grounds.

They called back a bit later to say that they were agreeable and Rebecca made all the necessary arrangements.

We also left them a cat stop to try.



Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Once again..well done CWS! TnR is getting healthily infectious!

21/6/07 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, seriously I rather you not release the cat back into the camp.. I am speaking from experience. Officers come and go every 2 years as they are rotated. Often a new officer comes into camp and in the spirit of "discipline" and improving "regimentation" decides to make lots of changes, one of which includes clearing the camp of strays.

My camp during my NS was once a dog friendly camp as a former commanding officer was a dog lover. He not only allowed dogs but even made it clear he would not tolerate any abuse of them. After he was posted out, everything was fine for a while until a new Company Sgt Major and Regimental Sgt Major was posted in. Being in charge of discipline, they decided that it was unslightly to have dogs in a camp. As I quote them "this is a army camp not a zoo! There is no place for strays here, it is a sign of ill discipline and reflects badly on the image of the camp!" Result was a rounding up of every single dog in the camp using traps and having them put down.... Even since that day, the camp is "dog free" and "discplined". So seriously I rather you dont give the cat back to the camp. Hehce once this bunch of officers leave, the next one might not like the cat and just trap it and not bother about informing you.


21/6/07 9:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

CO - thanks for sharing that information. The thing is, if we remove this cat though another cat will just move in - and that cat will be in danger of getting caught too, as this one was. So it might be best to leave the cat and in this case, hope that the officer won't leave too soon. You're right in that any area with rotating caregivers who come and go is always harder to maintain.

21/6/07 11:40 PM  
Anonymous old auntie said...

For the time being, return sterilised cat to camp while the officer in charge of this matter is supportive of TNR programme.
Remove only when they cull or feeders are posted out.
Camp may have twenty cats.

22/6/07 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In that case, I think best to keep in close contact with the officer and REMIND him that when he posts out, to do a handover to the new officer. Normally the new fellow will come in during the ending few months of his predecessor's time in the present camp. We call it hand over period. It is for them to transfer all information and also orientation for the new guy. So you can ask that he introduces you to the new fellow as a formality.

Some of those older officers can really be dense and no sense of public opinon....To them it is a strict "My country has given me the rank to execute orders for the good of the SAF! All are to obey my rank! No discussion!" My those 2 officers were like that.... I almost went to military prison cos I protest about the culling and kicked up a fuss all the way to the camp's commander.... I was almost charged with superceding their authority and disobeying a direct order to trap the dogs.


22/6/07 12:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for the tip CO. We actually spoke to one of the NS guys who spoke with his superior and I have been planning to ask him for his email address so I can follow up too. However what you said is useful for when I write to him.

22/6/07 12:26 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Cats and dogs in army camp.Cool.

22/6/07 6:08 AM  
Anonymous anti-stupidity said...

There is one army camp in the East, one of the officers, holding the rank of major is in favour of getting the cats out and insisted the army camp is no place for cats. Beware of this man.

Decades ago, one camp commandant had a habit of ordering dogs be shot as it should not appear during commissioning parade.
Was good that man was demoted by Goh Keng Swee years before.

22/6/07 9:15 PM  

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