Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
1) Finally managed to speak to the vet a couple of hour ago. Bendeecat is currently doing well thou still super grouchy.
2) X ray results shows fully fractured 3 toes on 1 front paw and 2 toes on the other. Jaw and the passage to nose has approximately 4-5cm fracture. Overall expected recovery could take up to 1 - 2 months.
3) Internal organs seems good. Bladder, diaphragm all intact.
4) Vet reckons he's a young adult, possibly a year plus.
5) Will be making a visit to him tomorrow.
6) A joint account will be created this weekend. After which we will officially call for donations.
27/11/11, around 10am, we spotted a beautiful cat bleeding pretty badly. Blood spatter spotted approx 2m away bicycle. It's a stray. We suspected it's a fall. Judging from the spot of the blood spatter, the fall is likely to be from kitchen or bedroom window. SPCA came. Any CWS volunteers at blk 31 bendemeer road who may know this cat?
1) Current estimate vet fee is S$600 (Covers 2 days hospitalization, injection, anesthetics, medication, x-ray, drips)
2) More information will be provided after I have an idea what the final amount is.
3) Other than funding, a carer is urgently needed to care for the patient after he's discharged from the hospital. Please help to pass this message around.
4) Caregiver of Bendemeer is checking to see if the cat belongs to anyone living in the block.
5) No updates on the X-ray outcome as of now. Will keep all posted again.
Dear Suzana - Your caregiver Lillian is currently checking if the cat belongs to family in the block.
The 'puppy mills' of Singapore CNNGo reader Natasya Ong calls for Singaporeans to stop supporting the country's "puppy factories"
Three ways to help
Adopting a puppy instead of buying one is the best way to strike a blow against puppy mills. Visit local shelters like SPCA, ASD, where dozens of dogs are just waiting for homes. Not only you will be saving a life, you will not be putting money into those breeders’ pockets.
2. Spread the word
If a friend or family member is planning on buying a puppy, advise them not to buy from a pet store. Let them know there are perfectly healthy dogs at shelters waiting to be adopted.
3. Make a stand
Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site. Refuse to buy pets or supplies from any pet store that sells puppies. Never buy a puppy with the idea that you are “rescuing” him or her from the shop. While your intentions may be good, your “rescue” money goes back into making more space for more dogs to breed.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Pet Care Tip:
Another way to prevent cats from going to the toilet in your potted plants is putting coffee grounds and orange peels. Huge thanks to Fluffy Fay and Shindy for sharing this tip that worked for them.
*Please share this all your wall.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Re-post: This is the footage of what appears to be a large-sized woman (with a child) who drives a Mercedes Benz, dumping a cat in the bin of a local vet clinic. The cat (sterilised) was rescued 6 hours later by the clinic staff and is currently recuperating though it's in shock. Please spread the word. Pet abandonment is a crime punishable by law. We hope that folks can help with info that will lead to the identification and apprehension of the perpetrator.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
If the human culprits are caught for this littering, it is either a fine or CWO (Corrective Work Order), if the mess is due to irresponsible..........
If the human culprits are caught for this littering, it is either a fine or CWO (Corrective Work Order), if "littering" is due to irresponsible cat feeders, the cats may be caught by the town councils just to appease complainants. The cats will be sent by the pest controllers to be killed at the AVA.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes.
Many people feel drawn to advocate for animals because even though they can feel pain and suffer just as we do, they do not have a way to advocate for their own welfare. In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes. This view has created an inhumane situation for billions of animals that share our world.
-- Robert Alan
Please show us MERCY!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Pet Care Tip: In light of a recent case on Stomp about a cat allegedly beaten when it strayed into a man’s home, an SPCA supporter asked if we can educate people on what to do if they don’t want these animals straying into their homes. That’s an excellent idea indeed. We will be sharing with you some useful tips with you starting this Friday.
It is a natural instinct for cats to want to dig soil and bury their feces. If you live on a low floor and have potted plants, you may be inviting a cat over to your place. To prevent that, try these two simple methods: line the soil with skewers (sharp side facing down) or place heavy pebbles on top of it. This way, the cat will lose interest in your plants as he cannot dig and will soon move away from your place.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The prohibition on pet cats being kept by residents in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats has been in force for many years. Although there was much lobbying by individual animal lovers and interest groups over the years to change that rule (on the proviso that cats be sterilised, microchipped and kept indoors), the authorities did not reverse it.
The downside of this was that many HDB residents kept cats but as these cats were never microchipped or sterilised, there was no accountability where irresponsible cat ownership was concerned. As a consequence, pet cats often roamed freely and unwanted litters of kittens were being abandoned, adding to the general cat population.
Right now we have the opportunity to do what is right and what should have been done in the first place. The SPCA applauds the latest Government move to consider changing the rule to accommodate the wishes of the many HDB residents who would like to keep a pet cat in their apartment, legally.
Contrary to the writer's statement that reversing the rule may add to the current situation of being unable to control the number of stray cats in Singapore, the SPCA believes that the stray cat population, overall, has sharply decreased due to the sterilisation of strays in housing estates by volunteer caregivers with the assistance of animal welfare groups and individuals.
We have seen a 50-per-cent reduction in stray cat numbers taken in by the SPCA in recent years - from more than 550 cats in peak years, the SPCA is now taking less than 250 per month in the last financial year.
Since 1991, more than 27,000 vouchers have been distributed by the SPCA to volunteer caregivers to have a stray cat sterilised for free. With continued sterilisation of community cats being carried out, it is only a matter of time before the population decreases even further, with fewer litters of kittens being born. This should result in fewer complaints.
Ultimately, both animal lovers and non-animal lovers want a healthy and hygienic environment, but this should not be determined or dependent on whether residents keep a pet cat. Inconsiderate human practices also contribute to refuse and rubbish strewn around indiscriminately.
The SPCA is confident that a reversal of the rule would not be introduced without due consideration by the relevant authorities, based on various stakeholders' expectations and feedback. The downside of remaining with the current status quo (that is, no cats in flats) is that irresponsible cat ownership will continue to flourish because there is no accountability and currently no standards to adhere to.
The SPCA supports the keeping of pet cats in flats provided they are kept responsibly and with the necessary rules and enforcement in place. Pet cats may wander, yes; but not if owners are diligent in following the set requirements - to have their felines microchipped, sterilised and kept indoors at all times.
Failure to do so could mean that the cat will be removed from the owner.
The stray cat sterilisation programme was piloted after careful consideration of the results achieved over the last 10 years. Before sterilisation was introduced, the estimated number of stray cats in Singapore was 150,000. The culling rate every year before 1998 was around 13,000 cats. Currently, the stray cat estimate stands at 60,000. This shows the effectiveness of sterilisation in reducing the stray cat population the way culling alone was not able to.
Regulating cat ownership is the next crucial step in managing cat-related issues. While sterilisation is taking place on the ground, the problem of pet cat abandonment and irresponsible owners letting their pet cats (often unsterilised) roam persists, adding to the stray population. The Cat Welfare Society and its volunteers actively assist Town Councils in addressing cat-related issues. We have jointly found that more than 60 per cent of the complaints received by Town Councils are related to pet cats instead of stray cats. Cat defecation found on corridors is more a consequence of roaming pet cats than stray cats.
This shows that despite the ban on cats, cat ownership in HDB flats is already prevalent. It is therefore timely that the practice be regulated to ensure owners sterilise their pet cats and keep them strictly indoors.
A survey of resident attitudes towards stray management was conducted in Chong Pang from July to August this year. The results showed that 85 per cent of the residents were behind a humane solution towards stray cats. Only 3 per cent were insistent on culling. Out of more than 2,500 households surveyed, 200 cat owners were discovered; 40 of which did not keep cats responsibly due to a lack of education and awareness. Veron Lau, Vice-President, Cat Welfare Society
Monday, November 7, 2011
Thomas Merton quotes (American and Trappist Monk t Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky, 1915-1968)
Friday, November 4, 2011
Don't buy from a breeder or 'pet shop'. Please adopt from a shelter or rescue.