Friday, September 28, 2007

Watching the video

Watching the video
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Those of you who have been to our workshops will probably recognise the Alley Cat Allies video which we normally start our workshops with. Here are some of the attendees from last night's session.

It was a very interesting session and very enlightening to meet with two of the ACA staffers earlier. For example, some things here are quite different - I was told that it isn't unusual for people to start trapping and find a cat with a bullet in it and the cat needs to be taken to the vet right away.

Also one of the attendees mentioned that she was afraid of some of her neighbours, especially those who looked quite tough or had pit bulls.

On the other hand, some things never change. For example, we do have some people who seem pretty 'rough' in Singapore - but I was surprised that some of them were really nice to cats.

Also, there were two groups of people in the room. One group were feeders and/or caregivers who wanted to learn more. The others were neighbours who were at the workshop because there was someone feeding but not sterilising in the neighbourhood and the population was growing. Some people were starting to complain about - you guessed it - defecation.

What was nice was that some of the neighbours decided to come to the workshop, learn what they could do to help the woman, and try and get the population under control.



Anonymous yskat said...

Bullet in a cat? Not sure how accurate these numbers are but WIkipedia ranks Baltimore as the US city with the highest murder rate:

28/9/07 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If theres one thing I like about SIngapore, it's that firearms are severely restricted. In rural USA, virtually every household has a gun so it's not unusual to find wild or domestic animals with bullet wounds.

28/9/07 11:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

yskat - yes quite possibly so, or often below Detroit. I'll probably need to modify my mediation talk slightly - ie don't talk to your neighbour if you think he or she might potentially be violent towards you. A good rule of thumb for everyone I guess :)

28/9/07 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here they don't talk about helping the feeders, they complain to everybody like TC, police, NEA, MP, AVA etc.

28/9/07 1:42 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Sadly, I agree. Doubt we will ever hear of a frustrated neighbour who attends a workshop to help the caregivers control the strays population here. More like complaining to everyone and anyone under the sun to "get rid" of the problem.

28/9/07 9:02 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

Singapore has the highest levels of stress in the world because we are unhappy and complain all the time. One cat sitting quietly in a void deck can send some residents crazy. Crazy over nothing and get paid to kill over nothing.

28/9/07 11:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

At least one of the women who was there was also a feeder, but they mentioned some other neighbours were getting quite irritated - i don't think those people were there either though. The people who were said they wanted to help their community which was lovely to hear.

28/9/07 11:24 PM  

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