Monday, August 20, 2007

Meet the official school cats!

Meet the official school cats
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The teacher who invited us to give a talk rounded up the talk by saying that they wanted to announce that these kittens are going to become the official school cats. She said that they will be sterilised once they are older, and that they will live in the school compound till they die. They are not to be removed or taken away by anyone (and students have put up notices to that effect, and also asking that people do NOT feed unless they sign up with the group).

The teacher mentioned how the students were very upset to hear that in other schools that do not support TNRM, that the cats are taken away and killed and that they were shocked to hear this.

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Blogger VeganCatsg said...

A future of possibilities!!

20/8/07 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly remarkable school.. lets hope more will follow this example.


20/8/07 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Hope more schools will adopt a humane approach like sterilising instead of culling, like the school that you visited.
It is bad thing the authorities (Town Councils/RCs) done, putting up Dont Feed Stray Cats posters that instil hatred towards strays
and especially to children,
they are taught to be cold hearted and let strays starve to death.
Children must be taught from young to be kind to animals.
I am glad some schools keeping cats in their compound, and highlight to their students on the plight of stray cats, sterilisation and not culling as a humane way to reduce stray cats population. Kids should learn to show compassion and not to turn a blind eye on the starving strays.

20/8/07 7:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I hope more schools will too!

20/8/07 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this true?

There are local schools that chose to cull cats instead of start a club to have students responsible for them???

Woah!! I'm shocked, I would have thought that is simply morally wrong and shouldn't be practiced by an education institution.

20/8/07 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure schools don't cull cats, they would just call up xxxx to remove them. Cats are everywhere, so they would be in schools too (got tuckshops right?). I would not be surprised that cats are systemically removed by school administration. I adopted a cat found under my car in a school carpark.

20/8/07 10:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes they usually either (1) ignore them, (2) call in pest control and have them removed or (3) borrow traps from AVA. Many schools seem hesitant to start a programme - it's the rare school that really embraces it.

I remmber a few years ago, that a school had the school cat trapped by pest control and the students were really upset and told the school so. The school asked us to help find it and we couldn't because the pest control company had released the cat somewhere else.

20/8/07 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most probably has got to do with the leader(s) at the school. if the principal is one who likes cats and even, maybe a cat caregiver - then TNRM can take place in the school. If the principal is one who doesn't like cats/perceives cats in negative, he/she will not allow whatever TNRM within his/her control, who cares about nurturing young kids. I just witnessed a teacher living at thomson area use a pail to aggressively frighten off a harmless cat resting outside his stupid car porch. I think the possibilities are linked to who's at helm - schools, churches, temples, condo, community centers, factories......etc.

20/8/07 11:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Or even possibly someone who may not like cats but is open to new possibilities.

21/8/07 12:14 AM  
Anonymous huh said...

The kittens are so cute. Where is the mother? This school deserves
special mention for it's TNR programme.

Agree about the feeding part, one JC has several huge cats due to over feeding.

21/8/07 12:18 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The mother was seen once but apparently not seen after that.

21/8/07 12:21 AM  
Blogger Barffie said...

So cute!!! Glad that not all schools are just exam-result oriented ones. Should encourage more schools to allow such clubs to be set up to nurture the young and to instill in them values like caring for creatures that share our earth and of course, responsibility towards lives.

21/8/07 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jumping in late but was this reported in the media? It will certainly give good publicity to the TNRM programme and pave the way for more schools/other organizations to follow!

21/8/07 11:41 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm not sure they want that sort of publicity in case of dumping.

21/8/07 12:21 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

publicity can attract naughty kids to go inside the school and cause hurt or steal the kittens for fun etc. Parents may think their kids in danger for getting asthma and cite other hygiene issues and school may be dumping ground for unwanted pets and stray cats from elsewhere.

21/8/07 12:38 PM  
Blogger EJ. said...

very encouraging! would provide sweet memories of their school after they graduated.

21/8/07 3:53 PM  

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