Monday, July 23, 2007

CWS to pick up cat

The town council wrote back about the last cat and said they sent a letter to the AVA. However they are asking that the cat be microchipped because they say it caused a nuisance. There was a protocol to be followed however that the caregiver be informed if there is a complaint (which apparently they did) and that if the caregiver does not do anything, that the caregiver be informed the cat will be trapped. Apparently the TC said they called the caregiver twice on the same day. When they did not get the caregiver they sent in pest control. I am surprised that no further attempts were made to contact the caregiver or to contact me.

Now it seems that in addition, they want the cat released - not to the caregiver, but to CWS. They also want a CWS 'representative' to be the one to collect the cat and again, not the caregiver. So it seems that not only are we to be the main conveyor of messages as the TC does not wish to deal with the caregivers but we are also to be the pet transport service - for a cat that should not have been picked up in the first place.

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Blogger Surferket said...

Twice when govt agencies pissed me off I fired off a nicely worded letter of complaint to PMO and within a week the matters are resolved to my satisfaction. And these agencies fall over themselves to agree to my terms as they have to report back to PMO on actually solving it in a fair manner.

While we may want to be on the good side of these TCs but not to the extent of being bullied or discriminated against. We caregivers can also complain, but to an even higher authority that these TCs must accommodate.

23/7/07 10:42 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

TC wants to show a system devised to cause more problems for others and they ought to be ashamed of themselves for discrimination against their own residents who are caregivers. You mean TC only talks to a society and exclude individuals?

Which TC is this?

24/7/07 1:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's interesting suferket - thanks for sharing.

24/7/07 2:09 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

Yes, TC officers are especially harsh on caregivers who are not affiliated with CWS. One or two months ago one of them threatened me when I asked why the cats were trapped.

TC represent the Gov. and it really dampens my spirit to see a very uncaring attitude being reflected! I asked another caregive to mediate.

Caregivers represent a public initiative to solve a community problem. The authorities should appreciate it.

25/7/07 5:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Agnes - was the other caregiver able to help?

25/7/07 7:32 PM  
Blogger Agnes said...

The other caregiver did a very good job to speak to the TC officer and drive in the point with e-mail but I think the 2 sterilised cats are no longer alive despite what the TC officer said: "I trap them to sterilise and return and you are hampering my duties". I knew this is not the case and since the two cats never came back, I do not want to face the painful truth again especially when a culture of intolerance is encouraged - the dumb cats are hunted down and people who lend a voice to them are treated in the same category.

Perhaps, an attitude of apathy is the best course of action to adopt when living in Singapore.

25/7/07 10:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Agnes, I'm sorry to hear that. I do think it's important to speak up though - the point is that right now, caregivers are seen to be in the minority and while that may be true, people who DON'T want the cats there are in the minority too. Most people do NOT want cats killed.

Do drop me an email if you'd like to discuss this?

25/7/07 11:28 PM  

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