Getting street smart in Guangzhou

Singapore has had a properly researched and duly annotated paper on an honest-to-goodness real-life TNRM project right here in Singapore, by no less than a high-ranking staff of the AVA. And yet, the cat massacre of 2003 happened, thanks to figety men-in-power who jumped because of the word ‘cat’ in the source of the SARS virus – civet cats. To-date, we’re still pussyfooting about the issue of effective homeless animal population control. How much more love/hate, lazy AND ignorant can Singapore get with TNRM?

But look at this post in the animalsasia blog. If even this doesn’t show the logic, compassion and beauty of TNRM, we humans have evolved the biggest brain of all Earth’s creatures past and present in vain. Even more amazing is the fact this is about cats in Guangzhou, the cat, dog and exotic meat eating capital of China, if not the world. Authorities of Singapore, are you listening? Really listening?

Street cats in Guangzhou (the cat-eating capital of China) have a second chance thanks to an amazing group working there on the ground (helped by much-needed funds from Animals Asia).

Previously, as the population of strays began to grow, residents were complaining about the noise and the smell, and many took the matter into their own hands by killing the cats.

Enter Xixi Cat volunteers who literally scooped these animals off the streets, and took them to local vet, Dr John Wu, for a quick de-sexing surgery, before releasing them back into the community. So far, 28 neutered cats have been put back on the streets and a recent survey now shows a staggering 96% support for the trap, neuter, release programme from the local residents! Please click here to read more about this fabulous work – showing how cats and the community can live in harmony!


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