Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cats at AVA to be 'adopted' and other urban legends

The caregiver SMSed me this morning as the emails to me kept bouncing (and when I opened my mailbox this morning and found no Cat Welfare emails I was kind of surprised too which led us to realise the website and email were down). It seems that the RC Chairperson read my email (which incidentally was never answered) to the RC members about what the vets had said to the RC meeting. Another TC officer was there and during the course of the meeting it seems the officer asked whether they wanted the cats rounded up and removed.

They took a vote and 6 people agreed to removal, whereas 3 said they did not want the cats removed. However this was on the understanding that the cats would be taken to AVA to be 'adopted' and not killed. It seems that no one there knew what happened to the cats at the AVA. The TC officer then apparently spoke up and said that the cats would be adopted at the AVA.

One of the RC members wasn't comfortable with this and came home to call the caregiver to check. She told him that the cats would be killed. He immediately called the RC chairperson up and she sounded shocked apparently. Now she plans to discuss other alternatives with the TC.

I am pretty sure I mentioned in the meeting with them that the cats would be killed if removed (and Rebecca remembers me saying that). Certainly the information we handed out to them said that too.

The caregiver has written to all the parties relevant to query what is happening.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, i can never ever understand why people are so 'tian zhen'? Our naivete is shocking and embarrassing. Are we singaporeans that sheltered? Our thoughts are so dumbly innocent huh? Scary. Of course kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are killed at AVA!(and at the SPCA for this matter. How more 'ting zhang' can we get to even think that the cats and kittens get adopted at the AVA??!! WAKE UP LAH!!! -orange-

19/7/07 11:14 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Possibly because people also don't WANT to know.

19/7/07 12:12 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

So incredibly stupid. They have no idea after all these years that AVA is a ' killing ' centre.

I don't need a group of stupid people messing up with community cats.

19/7/07 12:59 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

They just don't want to be responsible for their actions/sins of mindless killings.

19/7/07 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, i am not surprised then that ppl call AVA at the drop of a hat. i mean, wldn't u if u thought they were taken away to be cared for and perhaps adopted? especially if they were a source of nuisance in yr neighbourhood in the first place.

which is why i feel it is important raise awareness among the general public that cats that are sent to the AVA will be put to sleep. i really believe most ppl don't want cats killed. if they knew the truth, they will be more ready to either tolerate the "cat problems" or work toward an alternative solution.

22/7/07 11:00 AM  

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