Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Traps

We have requested that the AVA ask people who borrow traps in private estates to acknowledge that their names be made available to people who are caring for the cats in the neighbourhood. At the moment, similar to HDB estates, if your cat goes missing, you often have no idea who has been complaining. We're hoping that the AVA will make the person's name available so that if there is a caregiver there, they can look into other solutions, rather than just trapping and killing.

We're also asking if it's possible to put a brochure into each trap. When I was in the US, the animal control in Baltimore had just agreed to hand out one of these Alley Cat Allies brochures with each of the traps loaned. Not everyone wants the cats killed - but they often don't know where else to go to or how else to solve their problem. We'll need to come up with our own brochure and hopefully that can be included with every trap. It may not change everyone's mind, but if someone reads it and sees there is an alternative and decides NOT to trap - that in itself will help.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is time AVA takes a more proactive humane approach to the problems of the strays. Is it that difficult to change the mindset of the staff in AVA as the mindset of Town Councils' officers?
Hopefully time will ripen soon for a truly animal WELFARE dept that is modelled after the NYPD animal dept!

6/11/07 10:18 AM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

Unfortunately, community cats (aka stray cats to others) are now under the purview of the Animal CONTROL dept, not the Animal Welfare dept of the AVA.

It goes to show that not only have we not progressed as a nation, we have regressed.

The pencil pushers sitting in top management of the AVA are not animal lovers, nor are they compassionate, and have total disregard of their veterinary training and qualification.

7/11/07 12:27 AM  

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