Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cats can be released

Some good news! The AVA has agreed to release the cats without a letter to the caregivers and they can collect them first thing tomorrow. The cats cannot however be released back on the streets and the caregivers intend to keep working on that.

Even better news : The AVA also wrote back today to say that they are changing their policy back to their original policy of allowing caregivers to take the cats back if the TC will not issue a letter if the caregivers do not release the cat back onto the street. However they are saying this is a trial project which they will monitor closely to ensure the cats are not returned to the street.

A big thank you to Ms Grace Fu for reacting very quickly to this situation as I wrote to her just yesterday. I am sure her intervention was most useful in this matter. I understand that the caregivers also wrote into the AVA to ask that the cats be released.

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Anonymous yskat said...

This is great news. Congratulations for the good work.

21/6/07 8:58 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Well done! Thanks.

21/6/07 9:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Ms Fu reacted very quickly when I brought this matter to her attention. The thanks are owed to her :)

21/6/07 11:56 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This only shows that govt agencies only act reasonably when they have to answer to an MP questioning and asking to be kept informed on their followup action.
Better ask Grace Fu to be patron of CWS.

22/6/07 4:23 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

This is much better. Thank you.

22/6/07 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its good that a few MPs have shown compassionate to the plight of community animals recently. Ms Grace Fu is one of them, as well as the lady MP who adopted the stray dog. perhaps CWS can appeal to them in the future. our four-legged friends need someone on their side. :)

22/6/07 10:26 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Some residents went to see Ms Lee Bee Wah the other day - the cats in Yishun are under her jurisdiction.

22/6/07 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Ms Lee Bee Hwa the one who adopted Blackie the dog? If so, the cats in Yishun will probably have a higher chance of survivor. How can we write in to say a big thank you to Ms Grace Fu?
Will tell her if she's my area's MP, I'll canvass votes for her in elections.

22/6/07 11:14 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I believe Ms Lee felt that because the residents were against the cats being there, that she had to go with what the residents felt. However I understand that some complaints from that area have been referred to the caregivers since then so that's great to hear!

Ms Fu's email address is GRACE_FU@MND.GOV.SG and yes do write in to thank her!

22/6/07 11:43 AM  
Anonymous apple said...

Dawn,does all the Mps read their own emails first,or someone is there to screen them,before e Mps read them.Glad that Ms Fu is a bit more sympathetic this time.Maybe CWS can ask her to amend e no HDB cats in flats law?Ask her to allow ppl to keep sterilised cats.And all pet cats must be registered.

22/6/07 1:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

apple - I think some may but so far Ms Fu has always written directly instead of asking a personal assistant to do it.

22/6/07 1:41 PM  
Blogger auntie p said...

It's really nice to hear about this.

However, the problem remains - what do caregivers do with the cats that are returned by AVA since the cats can't be returned to "the streets"?

The caregivers do have to be responsible and keep their end of the bargain.

22/6/07 2:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

auntie p - yes exactly. In this case, the caregivers are not going to give up. They will continue to try and work with their TC so the cats won't be caught in the first place.

22/6/07 5:13 PM  

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