Monday, August 06, 2007

Catnapped?

I spoke with a caregiver this morning who was quite concerned. She said that another caregiver had told her that some people had come to take the sterilised cats in the area away. The area was managed by this second caregiver, though there were some irresponsible feeders who were leaving food around and causing a nuisance.

The caregiver said that a woman had witnessed two women coming to take the cats away with nets. They also had carriers with them. She said the woman asked them what they were doing. They claimed that they spend $2000 a month boarding cats in farms and said that the cats in this area were not being well taken care of. They mentioned something about adoption. They came back last week and went off with another lot of cats. Now there are no more sterilised cats in the area.

The caregiver had checked with the AVA and the TC - the cats did not turn up at the AVA and the TC denied trapping them. The officer, who works closely with this caregiver, said that he would have told her if there were complaints (and in fact he had just contacted her but about another area). I asked her if the women had been in uniform or if the woman who saw it happening saw them drive up in a vehicle. They were not in uniform and no one saw how they had arrived.

I told the caregiver that I believe that in this case, I suspect that the people trapping the cats probably weren't sent by the town council. I told her that it was possible that they had removed the cats to put them into boarding. The caregiver said that this was quite possible. She said that the caregiver in the area was very upset as all the cats are gone. She also said the chances of getting the cats back was probably very slim as she wouldn't even know where to start looking for them as there were so many places they could have taken the cats to.

The caregiver also said it was very upsetting for some people to walk in and just take the cats that the other caregiver had been caring for. Yes, there were irresponsible feeders in the estate, but there were also caregivers looking after the cats. Removing the cats is clearly going to cause the vacuum effect to kick in too - so what happens to the next lot of cats that move in? If people are planning to remove cats, they should think long and hard if this is the right decision to make - if the cats are in danger, there may be no choice but to relocate them, but this should be done as a last resort, and after trying to work with the other parties in the area too. It seems unlikely that these women had spoken with the town council as the officer would have connected them with the caregiver or at least mentioned it to the latter.

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Blogger animalfamily said...

how many registered cat boarders/shelters are there in Singapore? able to call them all to check?

i do think that even if people mean well that there should be accountability and not just take the cats out without informing caregivers , especially if there are sterilised.

this makes it very easy for the people with malicious intent to get in on the act and nobody will know any better either which way.

6/8/07 12:47 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

actually,i feel that cats put up in so-called cat boarders or shelter,r worse off than letting them live in e neighborhood.
They are locked up in cages all day,and they r so sad.
It is more cruel to put them in these boarding places,than letting them live in e streets.

6/8/07 1:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The problem is that I don't think that many ARE registered. Quite a few people might do it quietly from their own homes or rented houses too. Plus the people doing the boarding may not be aware that these cats come from another area for example.

6/8/07 1:36 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

but to take sterilised cats! If I was cynical, I'd say that these "do-gooders' wanted to get cheap, pre-sterilised cats for adoption/boarding.

6/8/07 3:11 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

So they saw 2 women trapping cats and didn't take down vehicle nos., find out which boarding facilities, names and contact nos.of the women etc. Then later unable to trace them...

95% boarding facilities are sad places, overcrowding means full of poo and even after washing and cleaning, more cats will poo again but no one around to wash until the next day!

I am going to get my 4 cats out from one of the Halus joint. The place, from 200 cats to over 300 cats now!

6/8/07 3:36 PM  

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