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Fri 06 Oct 2006

Cat Welfare Society's Spay Day 2006

Category : animalwelfare

Fri 06 Oct 2006 - staff and volunteers of the Cat Welfare Society are in the midst of Spay Day 2006, in which 100 free slots for sterilisation was given away in support of Trap-Neuter-Release-Management.

Despite considerable planning, the nature of the exercise keeps the situation dynamic. This morning they were registering community feeders and the stray cats they brought in, figuring out sexes to properly meet vet clinic quotas, juggling cat delivery, catching escaped cats (one cat escaped and wandered around in one of the Boon Lay vans) and even nabbing at least one stray when sterilisation slots were suddenly available.

Tan Kaixin, a volunteer at Boon Lay said she spent an interesting morning talking to a bunch of very responsible community care-givers (they all brought proper cages) and working with the cats. She saw the cats off to the vet clinics and will go down later to help with return o the sterilised cats to their caregivers. The cats will be looked until fit for release in a day or so.

You can read all about the exercise in Dawn Kua's regularly updated blog, Working with the Cat Welfare Society - I linked to October's archives for future reference. She will be updating this further tonight.

Why are cat fanciers working so hard to sterilise the very species they admire? The society's CWS FAQ enlightens:

"We feel that only by tackling the root cause of cats being killed every year can we stop the problem -- that there are too many cats breeding.

For more than 25 years, an average of 13,000 cats have been killed each year to control the number of cats on the streets. This means that more than 325,000 cats have been killed, and currently 35 healthy cats a day are killed. To keep that number down, the number of cats born has to be reduced drastically.

Sterilisation is a humane and effective alternative to killing. When we reduce the number of cats on the streets through sterilisation, there will be no need to kill.

To put it simply, the fewer cats born, the fewer cats have to suffer and die."

Citing examples in the US:

"In some places in the US where sterilisation has been practised aggressively, ... the number of animals killed has ... dropped from 13 million ten years ago to 4 million last year."

Now, part of the logistics headache was pre-registration and delivery after sterilisation. Why the additional headache? Why not turn the cats loose outside the vet's clinic?

Again from the CWS FAQ:

"...Trap-Neuter-Return and Manage ... means the cats are Trapped to be Neutered (Sterilised) and then Returned to where they came from. The cats are then managed back in the environment where they came from.

Management involves managing the cats to minimise complaints, and dealing with any complaints should any crop up. It also involves looking after the cats after sterilisation to make sure they are fed responsibly and that their health is looked after."

"Sterilised cats will guard their territory against other non-sterilised intruders. The sterilised colony will first stabilise, and then decrease over the years as the cats live out their natural lives. But this is only possible if pet cat owners do not abandon their cats and kittens."

To find out more about Cat Welfare Society, visit their webpage.

Posted at 9:05AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news