Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Returning cats - with interest

Nice letter in today's Straits Times :-

No way to treat a devoted family pet

Sadly this is exactly how some DO treat their pets - by abandoning them, dumping them or just giving them away when they're tired of them.

The adoption volunteer told me today that someone called up to say that they wanted to return a cat that was adopted right away. She claimed that her child was allergic (though the cat was adopted quite a while ago) and as much as she loved the cats, she had to give it away etc. Then it turned out she wanted to give not just this one cat back but two other cats she had adopted since then - and she wanted the adoption volunteer to take them all. The woman kept insisting it would be easy to find them new homes and she needed them out latest Friday or off they would go to the SPCA. Talk about returning cats with interest.

The adoption volunteer told the woman that with the year end festive season beginning (it's festival after festival now from Hari Raya to Deepavali to Christmas to Chinese New Year) that more and more people would be dumping and few people will be wanting to adopt. It's really a shame that festive season involves spring cleaning, involves throwing out the pet for some people.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't understand why pets should be cleared away just because a festival is coming. If these people can live with their cats, dogs, hammies, rabbits and their crap, etc for the earlier part of the year, why do they need to get rid of them just before the new year???

2/10/07 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why get a cat in the first place, in fact 3 cats from different sources. They thought by getting rid of the cats, the house can look nicer, show off during festivities like carpets, new furniture.

2/10/07 3:16 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

If they regard their animals as part of the family, then all this abandonment should not happen.

2/10/07 4:04 PM  
Anonymous x-man said...

During this fasting month, already 3 kittens (one bigger than the other two) were dumped at my feeding area. Two of them were so frightened when they popped their heads into a water pipe of the garbage house with their hind legs exposed. A bad hideout.
The 2 eventually disappeared the following day while the 3rd is very sick with fever now since 2 days ago. i patted her then and she just collapsed.

i'm nursing her at home now.

2/10/07 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wary of family with very young children, who want to adopts cats, especially if they are Malay. I have had the excuse of cats returned because their kids suddenly become asthmatic just before Hari Raya.
I am not a racist but Malays who request to adopt cats always send me the shivers.

2/10/07 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

X-man is a hero, hope kitten recovers. Hari Raya triggers asthma? It's due to dust mites, house dust and not using proper cleaning machine during spring cleaning deal with indoor air pollution. Poor cats get blamed for poor human hygiene.

2/10/07 7:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think people want their homes to look the best during festive seasons - whatever festive season it is. It is a real shame - why is it so important to look good on those few days a year? Of course, you want to look neat and tidy - but to give up your cat? That to me, would make a far worse impression than a messier home.

3/10/07 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to hell with all these sickening evil people who abandon their cats, dogs, hamsters and rabbits. to hell with breeders. to hell with petshop operators who jail live animals in small cages 24/7 till they get sent back to breeders backyard and illegally killed or sold as dog meat. curse them all. by the way anonymous 615pm, i recently was at a cattery and saw 2 malay families with kids choosing cats/kittens to adopt.

3/10/07 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn those hoarders too! evil evil evil!

3/10/07 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and as people become more bored and perverse, they'll start eating cats here in singapore too. just like paedophiles, attacking little children like monsters.

3/10/07 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just looked up Hari Raya - it is a time to reconcile and renew relationships with others.
"Others" obviously does not apply to feline members of the family.
Many fosters know it as "dumping" time.

3/10/07 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fasting mth is to reflect on how the poor would feel when they do not have enough food. Basically it is to reflect on suffering - that is what i understand by fasting.
Getting rid of cats/kittens by dumping them during the fasting month to fend for themselves seem to ignore the suffering and fear these creatures of God would surely experience.
Could someone explain this and correct me?

3/10/07 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha....Anonymous 2/10/07 6:15 PM, This week i just got a cat returned after 2 yrs - kid is allergic to cat the week before festival. I am also getting allergic to such adopters.

3/10/07 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beter to have the cat returned than have it destroyed at SPCA.
I can imagine SPCA collecting rejected animals all year round.
I can't stomach the scene. Evey unwanted animal has a sad story.
They caused the animal to die and there will be retribution.

3/10/07 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people who fast truly understand the real motivation of such practice, i.e. to learn empathy thru' one's experience of hunger.
Instead the fasting month becomes a month of more overindulgence - shopping shopping, eating a lot before and after
and of course dumping out cats and kittens so that the flat looks real nice!
Where's the kindness?
Where's the compassion?

3/10/07 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomorrow there is a radio talk 93.8 on pets abandonment. 8.15am

3/10/07 5:54 PM  
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3/10/07 6:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair, I certainly don't think that all Malay adopters are bad. I have known of some very good adopters too - nor do I think abandonment is confined to the Malay community. There have been people of all the other races who have dumped their cats too.

I would certainly understand if someone has a genuine problem - allergies, etc, but it does seem to be such a convenient excuse sometimes. Often when I ask, no one has bothered to get tested to see if they are indeed allergic to the cat (and if the cat has been with them for X number of years, it seems strange that they would suddenly become allergic). Certainly wouldn't one want to know for the good of their health as well whether it is indeed the cat before putting it up for adoption?

3/10/07 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all races are guilty of pets abandonment. Must tune in to 93.8 tmr and hear the programme.

One lady gave up the retriever due to fleas and ticks from walking in the park.
Before she would boast the dog slept in air con.

No time, new furniture, move house ect. are just excuses they should leave themselves behind.

3/10/07 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's why i say : to hell with them. NO MORE EXCUSES. evil is evil, bad is bad. i was also abused as a kid, do i go about abusing kittens and puppies? i don't. so don't come and talk about therapy and whatnots for evil people!! i say WHIP them who abuses! and whip them hard.

4/10/07 12:29 PM  

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