ST Online Forum: Time to revive Stray Cats Rehabilitation Scheme

Ivan:

Phyllis just shared with us this letter she wrote to the Straits Time.  It is great that she has decided to write this timely letter to bring back the Stray Cats Rehabilitation Scheme that was discountinued years back. 

I found this letter online that was drafted by SPCA in 2007, and it was sent to the Straits Times in response to an earlier letter that Dr. Tan Chek Wee wrote to the press on the same matter as Phyllis has advocated.

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Tanjong Katong Case: Photos of kitty’s injured tail

Ivan:

About the Tanjong Katong abuse case, the kindhearted lady just sent to Salina and myself photos of the abused cat’s tail.  This one shows the kitty’s tail when it was attended to at the clinic.  You can see the deep cuts that the tightly bounded rubber bands have caused to the kitty’s tail.  I have got other photos of the kitty and it is very cute.  I just cannot believe that someone would do something to such a cute looking and friendly kitty. 

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Brochures

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This is the balance for the upcoming TNRM workshop on Saturday. Some have been passed to a care-giver just now for an RC event.  It was certainly heartening to learn that their RC is keen on educating people about community cat management through this event. The care-givers, on their part, are busy planning on ways to educate fellow residents about their work.

What was encouraging also, was the fact that this event was initiated by the RC – a very enlightened one, with volunteers who have done their own research on our website on the vacuum effect – in response to complaints about community cats.  In a way, it is good to carry TNRM one step further throught raising awareness – to educate others about its importance so that they would also come to know and understand about it. This initiative also demonstrates how the community is working together in a self-help manner to resolve community issues.

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Ivan:

I just got done writing 1/3 of the stack of about twenty over Christmas cards meant for businesses that are giving our members benefits/discounts.  Everyone is feeling the Christmas mood at this time.  Are you and your pets ready for Christmas?  If you are in town, do check out Sundream Pet Land, located at Far East Shopping Centre.  I went there the other day and they have stocked up on some really nice Christmas gifts for pets.  If you are looking for something for kitty, this might be one place to starting looking =)

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Meeting and Some Good News

Ivan:

Earlier yesterday, I had a meeting with Li Tin to do a brief monthly committee meeting that focused aspects of our committee work roles that overlapped between mine and her’s.  We had wanted a larger scale meeting but most of the committee members are out of town, busy or on leave.  Thus, our mini meeting.  I also did a handover of my western Singapore referrals and caregiving cases to the Li Tin.  After the end of this month, Li Tin will take over fully as the western zone representative for referral cases.  Meanwhile, I am currently serving my last 16 days with the committee.  In anycase, I was sharing with Li Tin that I will continue to volunteer with CWS but on an ad-hoc basis after my last day.  The same goes for Salina.

At the meeting, Li Tin was sharing that the remaining committee is looking into staff ing matters and this should alleviate the concerns of some of the caregivers and our members.  We might also have a shop that would be helping us design and sell merchandise on a fuller scale.  Watch out for more news about these matters! =)

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Tanjong Katong Cat Abuse Case Update

Ivan:

Six hours ago, Salina smsed me to share that the kind-hearted lady and her partner managed to get hold of the abused cat of the above mentioned case.  They managed to grab the kitty and placed it into a carrier with the caregiver’s help (the duo spotted the caregiver in the location). 

We are very glad the lady’s persistence paid off.  What happened was the lady has been staking out at the location for the past two days, and has been keeping in touch with Salina and myself about the progress of her search for the cat. 

Back to the kitty, it was rushed to the vet immediately.  At the clinic, the vet had the tightly bounded rubber bands removed.  Kitty is now recuperating in the home of one of its rescuers. 

According to the caregiver, this is the 2nd time rubber band was tied to the tail of this cat.  I cannot imagine someone so sick to do such a thing, especially to a helpless and friendly cat.  On a brighter note.  It is heartening to know of such kind hearted members of the public who are willing to stake out at a location on repeated days to help a community cat.  Kudos to the lady and her partner, the caregiver and all who helped in one way or another.

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Tanjong Katong Cat Abuse Case

Ivan:

Vegancat referred a case to us.  The lady and her partner found a cat near CityPlaza area, with rubber bands tied tightly around its tail.  They tried to cut the rubber bands off the kitty but the latter was evasive (probably due to the pain caused by the tight rubber bands).  Salina or Wiggie would be in touch with them shortly about the loan of a trap to help catch the cat.  Have asked the lady and her partner to try to take some shots to forward to SPCA.  Meanwhile, if you do know the feeder there, could you please help us let him or her know about this?  Thanks!!

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