We have a Flickr account to host the pictures used here, and we’ve joined groups where we also add our pictures to the group pool. Our aim is to promote awareness of cats in Singapore and what they face here.
It seems we’re beginning to succeed, sort of. This picture of Joey elicited this comment from a fellow flickr user:
These cats need homes … can you form a group to promote awareness of these cats with no homes in singapore? If you need help … ask any Flickr friend to help you!
I responded with this:
There IS such a group in Singapore – the Cat Welfare Society (http://www.catwelfare.org). And a very hardworking one in fact. I love reading the blog of their only salaried worker, catwelfare.blogspot.com, as it is a great resource for info and a great source of inspiration and solace that we’re not alone doing what we do.
As for us, my sister and me, we do have a blog (https://tippedearclan.wordpress.com) doing just that too. We run a trap-neuter-release program, on our own expense, in our neighbourhood for the homeless cats who share our community, and have been doing so since 1998. And those cats that are suitable for rehoming, we do try to rehome, again at our own expense. Our efforts are on a small scale though and we hope you can appreciate why – we are not high-salaried individuals!
To be sure, cats here do not have an easy time. And the more we work with them and understand the problems they face from people. the more we realised there’s a need to grow awareness on their behalf. So it has led to us starting the blog for them – the very reason why it’s called the Tipped Ear Clan. It has led us to open a flickr account, and in our efforts to help bring awareness to the problems cats in Singapore face to as many people, whether in or outside Singapore as much as possible, we’ve been avidly joining cat groups and adding cat photos to the groups. We hope flickr members who see these cat photos will click on the blog link that accompanies each photo to read about the featured cat.
As for the cat in this picture, she is Joey, one of our own 5 pet cats, and we’re quite sure she’s not looking for a new home to go to. 🙂
Thanks for taking notice.
Maybe someday enough outcry will pour in to help sway the government’s stance on pets in HDB flats, like the 18-year serial dog killer case in Hong Kong is starting to make even residents worried:
Lea, a long-term Hong Kong resident, fears the poisonings are now beginning to harm the city’s image.
“It’s been going on for a very long time now, far too long, and a lot of animals have been killed or injured,” he says.
“But it goes further than the killing of innocent creatures. The Australian Chamber of Commerce recently published an article on living in Hong Kong that included a warning about the dog poisoner.
“When you get that kind of thing it starts to reflect quite badly on the place as a whole.”
(More reports: The Killer Among Us, Hong Kong’s dog murderer on the loose, 18 years later)
For Hong Kong, where a demonstration against animal cruelty took place recently, the case is still open because the killer(s) have remained uncaught… what excuse does Singapore has for David Hooi’s repeated arrests?
And I can’t help wondering why in places like the States, where they have their share of sadistic animal abusers, there’s more genuine and sometime continuous outpouring of concern for the animal victims, like little Adam, who was rescued and cared for by the Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County.
Whatever it is, we must remember the reality, as Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director of Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County said so well:
Adam is not an isolated tragedy that occurred in a bad section of town. At this very moment there are people packing their belongings, loading up the moving van, heading for parts unknown and leaving their “beloved” cat behind…sitting, all alone on the front doorstep – homeless! THIS is a tragedy that occurs every single day in every one of our neighborhoods. Only WE have the power to stop it.
Hong Kong has cats aplenty too, and while there cats like the girl cat called Tommy now safe in a caring environment, others still struggle to survive from day to day… it is a Russian roulette of fate, just like the cats here in Singapore face. For sure, us cat minions aren’t the only ones who do what we can to help what is no doubt a very small number of cats. But every cat helped is one less needy cat on the streets.