Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rebecca and cats

Rebecca and cats
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Here's Rebecca last night looking at the two sterilised community cats.

After the RC meeting, we went to walk around the carpark. When I had parked there earlier I had not seen any cats. Neither had Rebecca.

We also went to look at the car antennae of the different cars. Since the complainant was in the meeting, and this was the carpark he complained about, chances are that his car would be there. We did not see any 'spoilt' antennaes - all the cars that had them seemed to look perfectly fine. I am kind of wondering how a cat would spoil a car antennae as well - did they use their non-opposable thumbs to break it off? This must be a very dexterous cat! Or perhaps they have very strong teeth, able to bite through the antennae and break it.

Whatever it is, we're unlikely to know as the complainant did not seem willing to show us the car.

The complainant had kept saying that the number of cats in his estate was 'a lot'. When the caregiver pressed him as to how many, as she cared for the cats there and only saw three cats at most, he insisted that no one paid him to walk around and tell her. The other RC members shushed him.

He also insisted that there were more cats recently. The caregiver pointed out she had been living there for quite a while and that the number had in fact gone down as so many cats had been caught. The complainant then mentioned that the last TC officer was good - she had trapped cats whenever he complained, but this one did not.

In the end, the RC Chairperson agreed to let the caregiver know if there were problems. She asked the TC to do the same before trapping the cats.

One of the other RC members also whispered to me that she loved cats. She signalled to me that the complainant opposite hated them. She agreed to help the caregiver out.

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Anonymous sk said...

The fact that the complainant is unwiliing to show you his car, that goes to show that he has somthing to hide. For all we know, he could just be making up stories to justify his perverted thoughts of rounding up the cats.

Just tell him, no proof no talk.

27/6/07 11:15 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

He was quite aggressive. The caregiver suggested that's why the TC had in the past been quick to respond to his complaints.

27/6/07 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical loud mouth complaint king. What normal people will call an a**hole! One needs to stand up to this kind of person. The caregiver has done the right thing by using reason and logic to respond to his unreasonable behaviour.

27/6/07 11:31 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes she was very calm and collected.

27/6/07 11:36 AM  
Anonymous huh said...

Great job by CWS and volunteer. Never be intimidated by aggressive complainant. Just stay cool.

27/6/07 1:02 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

ugly singaporeans galore ! they seem to be all over the place ... i wish they could be rounded up & culled ... then s'pore would be a better place to live ...

27/6/07 1:17 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

how did this person be selected to be a RC member in e first place?
He doesn't have any compassion for
another living thing.
Wat is e criteria to become a RC member?

27/6/07 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reflects badly on the RC.


27/6/07 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One RC chairman complained to me about an irresponsible cat feeder. I had spoken to this feeder many times before but to no avail. As he knows where she lives, I suggested that he report her to NEA officer. His reply "No, no, car was scratched!" He even warned me not to report her "as I was always out alone late at night".


27/6/07 3:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think it was really just this guy - the rest were trying to shush him.

27/6/07 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to sign this Please spare the lives of three sterilised cats at Blk 875 Yishun St 81, Singapore

27/6/07 6:23 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

Best not to report against cat feeders, they love the cats and look after their meals. I used to clear leftovers by feeding later.
If you complain to NEA, they may suggest removal of cats for culling.

27/6/07 8:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

huh - NEA does not ask for cats to be removed. they are only interested in the litter. If you are unable to get the feeder to stop littering though, and the person continues to do so, the cats may be complained against and then removed.

28/6/07 12:03 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - the caregivers at Yishun are working on it.

28/6/07 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not hard to be an RC member... just be a bit kaypoh, volunteer to do anything and everything, act bossy and most important of all declare your support and love for the party and make sure at elections, you wear white and go outside the election office and shout and chant and wave lighting flag..... u are sure to be appointed RC member.

Most of my RC members are typical bossy old people who think after being RC, they are above us...

28/6/07 12:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually it's a good idea to try and join your RC if you can (or get to know your RC members well if you don't have the time). It pays off because they will be more likely to refer complaints to you rather than have the cats removed.

28/6/07 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea, if you cant "beat" them, join them .... AND brainwash them one after another..

28/6/07 1:16 PM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Just signed the petiton to spare the lives of 3 sterilised cats.Hope the right decision will be made.

28/6/07 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have done so as in signed it but frankly my humble opinon, if you want to send the petition minus the comments out. Most of them sound really childish and some even offensive. The authorities are more likely to expediate putting the cats down than to entertain the petition.


28/6/07 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear CO
There are also very good comments in the petition.
I agree that the petition is about as "serious" as the survey based on 3 responders but that survey was taken very seriously by the RC and 3 innocents lives were also lost.
The petition, if nothing else, creates awareness of how many lives have been lost in estates where there are no caregivers to speak out for them.
Hopes this offers a more optimistic perspective :)


28/6/07 9:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It's good that people are speaking up. One more option is to write in directly to the MP and appeal to her as well so she knows as Civilian mentioned, what people feel.

29/6/07 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See AsiaOne Poll - Should housing estates rethink their anti-cat stance?

Should housing estates rethink their anti-cat stance?
It really depends on the estate's situation.

29/6/07 4:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh good to see that!

29/6/07 5:31 PM  

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