Thursday, June 14, 2007

Throwing stones

Sometimes when you speak to people, you realise that they've already made their minds up about something, and they just don't want to do it but they're trying to be polite. I spoke to this woman again this morning and asked if she had managed to see the woman who witnessed the abuse case. She had not. I asked if she had given any more thought to getting the cats sterilised with the money that the complainant offered to donate. She told me that she wasn't going to do it at this time.

She has basically come up with one objection after another, and has been mostly polite on the whole, but she just won't sterilise - not even if someone else is going to pay and not even if it will mean her cats are protected.

Another feeder I spoke to yesterday found some cats missing in her area. I encouraged her to call the TC, which she did but the officer did not return her call. She told me well, that was just fate, and she was too busy to contact anyone else.

Sometimes when speaking to some of the feeders, they are perfectly polite and very pleasant - and yet completely unconvinced. They'll take the brochures and thank you very nicely - but looking at them, you know that they won't get the cats done.

I told a friend that it sometimes speaking with these people feels like throwing stones down a deep well - you just know that you're throwing and throwing, but your words, just like the rocks, can't be heard reaching the bottom. Sometimes it makes you wonder if there's something wrong with your aim :)

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11 Comments:

Blogger budak said...

Though not ideal, folks like this are why the force of legislation (with legalisation of HDB cats and mandatory sterilisation) plus an officially supported TNRM program are needed here.

14/6/07 12:17 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

why don't e CWS just take these cats for sterilisation?No need to talk to these stubborn ppl.Don't waste any more time,or there will be more kittens born.

14/6/07 1:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

apple - who's going to handle management in the area after? This couple has told me that many cats were trapped. In fact, two cats were recently trapped - and they don't want to get them out either. If they're not willing to do any management then the money is better spent in areas where there are caregivers who will - and who will look after the cats there.

14/6/07 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF...if they don't want to get the cats out then who will? They just gonna sit around and let them die? These people dont care if the cats die, dont bother to sterilize, don't do anything if they get abused... un-fucking-believable..

14/6/07 4:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - it's 'fate'. I'm really beginning to hate that word.

14/6/07 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who want others to do what they do not want to do, they have "dependency" attitude.
You get sms that a cat with a broken leg is at blk XX (other side of the island). Why don't you do something - oh i am busy.
They pass the buck and the lousy feeling with one text.

14/6/07 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they the sort who feed for 'merit'? Well if they are, tell them there is no 'merit' to be gained if the cats end up dead and they did nothing to save them. Afterall, there is a chinese saying, "saving a life is better than building a seven storey pagoda".

14/6/07 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our government encourages this kind of attitude in the first place. Have a problem? Just call up and someone will fix it for you, free of charge. And then they wonder why people here don't show any initiative.

14/6/07 7:35 PM  
Anonymous cat talk said...

The government does not know how to fix the cat problems, they see
it as a waste removal low grade activity with no career advancement.

Simply allllllll the wrong people
doing more destruction than good for the cats.

15/6/07 12:24 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

Actually,e government can sterilise
all stray cats in singapore.They have e manpower and resources.Look,they can print out millions of flyers,fridge magnets to give out to all e hseholds in spore,even where there is not a single mosquito at my flat,to ask people to prevent e dengue problem.If they really want,they can sterilise all stray cats within 6mths.Maybe they don't want to offend animal haters,or most of e high officers don't like cats.So our government should lead by example,by sterilising cats.People don't like cats mainly because of e high-pitched screaming when Tom cats fight.I'm a cat-lover and i hate those loud cat-fights.If cats are sterilised,then they will be less fighting for mates and territory.Then they will realise that cats are cute,furry,affectionate creatures.

15/6/07 1:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think that it's possibly the fact that they don't see it as a very high priority as there are so many other things to worry about.

15/6/07 2:07 PM  

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