Friday, November 23, 2007

Why do you allow cats?

One of the town council officers wrote about a complaint. This officer mentioned that the number of cats had stabilised, she did not see litter from feeding, nor were any cats unsterilised. I am so pleased that the caregiver is doing a good job AND that the officer was very fair about it and noticed the good work the caregiver is doing.

Apparently someone wrote into the TC to ask why the TC 'allows' CWS to have cats in estates when cats aren't allowed in HDB flats.

The TC officer wasn't sure how to respond - and I don't blame her. You have to feel sorry for officers who deal with complaints like this really. I wrote back to say that HDB has clarified that their policy is NOT against cats in estates - and their bylaw only exists in relation to cats in flats. In addition, the TC was not 'allowing' the cats there - the cats WERE there already, and there will be cats there even if the cats are removed. If anything the TC is being responsible by managing the cats through a TNRM programme. Lastly I said that this was a case of residents in the area trying to help other residents to make the estate a better one for all (and not a CWS initiative) - and that this should be encouraged.



Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Can this response be in a FAQ for other TC officers? I am sure similar complainants exist everywhere and if the TC officer doesn't bother or have no caregivers, then the pestcontrollers will have a field day!

23/11/07 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with vegancat. These officers may not be sharp enough to respond to such stupid questions.

23/11/07 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone 'allow' mosquitoes or lizards or flies?
God created the world for living things - not just for that person.

23/11/07 7:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Another factsheet? :)

23/11/07 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

same logic, just because there are stupid residents, it doesn't mean the law has to get rid of their stupidity.

23/11/07 8:51 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

What we can do as resident-caregivers is to call up the town council senior property officer and/or follow up with an email for black-and-white to register "I DO NOT WANT CATS REMOVED. ANY OF MY FELLOW RESIDENTS WHO WANT CATS REMOVED WILL HAVE TO MEET ME!"
There will be people, there will be birds, there will be trees, there will be cats. If we remove cats because someone dislike them, then the town council will have to accede to requests like "I don't like trees, I don't like children, I don't like the lamp-posts, I don't like the playground, etc etc"
Registering yourself with the town council gives some of these town council officers who prefer to "arrow" to say to complainants' fellow residents..wei your fellow residents say cannot remove cats. I think most complainants will coward out if they have to show their faces to you!

Having said that, I think it is also good to built up good relationship with your neighbours and let them know that you are involved in cat management. So far I met with positive response after they knew you are friendly. You may need their help if a petition is needed to put down the occasional nasty unreasonable cat-hater.

23/11/07 8:54 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I think the vast majority of people realise that a TNRM programme does reduce the population and most people will be happy to hear what you're doing. Sometimes it's also about explaining what you are doing precisely to them so they understand what is happening.

And yes, the TC may need your backup so to speak - as Vegancat said they can tell the complainant that they have residents who DO want the cats there.

23/11/07 9:37 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

complianant shoyuld worry about getting rid of toxins in the body, cancer cells, negative thoughts than some community cats in peaceful pursuits.

26/11/07 10:49 PM  

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