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Area1 cat: Iggy

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Meet Iggy, who first appeared in Area 1 in July.

He was elusive at first, and we, or rather btmao, only saw him in the distance. Then as time went by, he became more settled in, and wasn’t so difficult to sight. But I caught my first glimpse of him only on Sep 1. I managed to feed him, like btmao had before. But he was obviously new to the idea of being caregiven as he sometimes seem to be bewildered by the concept of kibbles.

He was very wary though, and wouldn’t allow us near.

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After that, from time to time, when he appeared, we would feed him. He started getting comfortable and eventually settled down in the area and was most often found lazing in front of Ian’s home.

Up until October, he was always spotting a few wounds here and there – which we could not help him with as he wouldn’t allow contact. But as they always appear to be clean and healing, we were not too worried.

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Healing wound on his chest

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Face, and muzzle wound

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Closeup of the muzzle wound.

By end of October, btmao was getting somewhere with program close contact for him. She was in fact able to scruff him already. We were ready for operation-rob-Iggy-mojo.

But before we could get it done, Iggy disappeared. By early November, we knew he was gone for good . We do not know where he’s gone, but we have an idea what happened to him.

Ian’s family had previously confessed to moving cats from the area elsewhere when we asked them if they’ve seen this or that cat. Granted, these were not their cats: they claimed that the new cats were aggressive and picking fights with Ian, who is a free-ranging pet. We then told them not to do so, as their action, dumping, was tantamount to abandonment and while they have got rid of their problem, they were getting the cats and people in the areas who got their “presents” into trouble. We told them that any new cat appears, we will try to sterilise and to please tell us about it if they find new ones.

We’re not sure if our message got across, as after that, the cats which appeared, were good looking cats, Izzy and Isam. Izzy of course we moved to foster care eventually and got adopted out. Isam, due to his temperament, we sterilised and just released back. But the family, in the most el-cheapo way possible, started to lure these two handsome guys to their homes, AFTER we got them sterilised, and even though Ian was not happy and fights happened, the family was tolerant of the problems and actively encouraged every cat to get along.

When we moved Izzy into foster care, the family even asked if we’ve seen him around. Now Isam is their free-ranging pet cat too. Before you say we’re biased, previous “intruder” cats that we sterilised were all so-called ordinary cats, and every one of them got dumped, that is, the Iggy treatment.

I had met the family’s father when Iggy was settling in at the front of their house. It was in the carpark where I was preparing to feed Ivan. I asked him about Iggy and if he knew where the boy came from. He said he didn’t know, but seemed proud that he’s got the handsome boy settling in with his brood. He was obviously expecting the usual, that we do the dirty work and he reap the harvest of having another beautiful cat without having to pay for the sterilisation or put in effort.

Frustrated, I had told him that we would appreciate if he could help keep a lookout for Iggy, and if he knows who is his owner or if someone takes him in, to let us know so we can arrange for his sterilisation and to get his family to be responsible and pay for his sterilisation. I also said that it’s getting costly to keep sterilising cats who in the end turn out to be pets belonging to other people, who should be responsible in the first place.

The man’s face changed colour immediately, but he nodded. I don’t know if he really got what I was trying to say because he and his family only ever nod, and then we’d see them continuing whatever it is they’re doing which we felt were detrimental to the cats’ safety. It was shortly after that Iggy went missing.

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Beautiful markings on his legs

Given that Iggy was settling well and had taken to lounging in front of their house with Ian, and that they fed him like he was a pet too, I can’t help but put two and two together.

In any case, Iggy is now no longer around and we can only hope that he is doing well wherever he is.

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Sneaking around in the name of the cause

Information leads to dumping. That’s what happened to some blogging caregivers, according to Dawn.

Getting such bonuses because we share info online is a nightmare we worry a lot about. We want to raise awareness among people about the cat’s situation here in Singapore through blogging. But at the same time, we do not want to have to clean up after irresponsible people who just want to fob off their conscience on others. As it is, we are already familiar acquaintances with dumping even before we started blogging.


Photos are carefully edited, and vids filmed discreetly to minimise identifiable features of the clannies’ abodes.

That is part of the reason why there are much less updates on the clannies than we would like to do.

Dumpers may well think to call the bluff on us and question our Scrooginess – since we’re already doing it, why begrudge extending the soup kitchen service to more kitties? After all, dumpers will provide the kitty transfer, at no cost to us, and dump so covertly that we would only see their handiwork, the transferred kitty, bewildered and stressed… if the resident cats had not yet run them off, or in their confusion, tried to cross roads and became roadkills. Here’s a bit of news about such situations: dumpers, the blood is on your hands.

Here’s another: not that we don’t want to help, but we also have our limits. Plus since you, the kind-hearted dumper don’t want to take on the responsibility, what makes you think we want it? You dump, and that’s the end of the story for you, but for us, it’s just the beginning of having to shoulder a responsibility that you meddled with and then abandon.

All the “kind” people who dump seem to think it perfectly conscioncible to leech off and exploit the species of softies called cat caregivers. What a great example of sharing woe.

How about some passing out some weal and decency too, dumpers? Why not try a concept that may be novel: don’t dump, and if you really think you MUST, then be responsible, talk to the caregiver and shoulder your inductees’ maintenance costs.

But that’s too much to ask for. Just as good karma feeders have to be fished out of their feel-good wading pool, dumpers need to be rubbed in the nose with this fact: being kind isn’t just about grabbing the easiest, most convenient solution. Why? Because dumpers are abusing the concept to disguise their own lazy conscience and to get that “high” of having notched a good deed on their misshapen totem pole of karmic goodness.

The best reward for dumpers is for them to get a taste of their own medicine, sans candy-shell.

TODAY 20071026: Large dogs: Time for a rethink

This article is a culmination of the Petition to Allow all breeds of Dogs and Cats in HDB flats.

Previously, it’s been reported in the Straits Times that more dogs are being abandoned due to the stricter laws on dog-owning. There was a letter response to that report which says why it’s No way to treat a devoted family pet rather well.


Dober the community dog (Jurong)

Animal lovers in Singapore: speak up!

Help dogs like Dober, and Blackie become legal residents in HDB flats. Help their fellow refugees, cats, to become legal residents in HDB flats too! Remember a mayor’s pet lesson FOR us.

This article’s follow-up/related articles chronology

Here’s the article itself

This story was printed from TODAYonline

Large dogs: Time for a rethink

Dog owners to appeal to HDB

Friday • October 26, 2007

Sheralyn Tay
sheralyn@mediacorp.com.sg

DOG lovers are calling for a rethink on the size restrictions of dogs allowed in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats after reports that more large breeds have been abandoned or given up since heftier penalties for unlicensed dogs kicked in.

One such owner, Mr Desmond Sim, 37, thinks the limits on dog sizes have led to many owners giving them up. Only dogs weighing less than 10kg and 40cm in height are allowed in HDB flats.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) took in 107 dogs during a five-week period after the Aug 3 increase in fines from $500 to $5,000. It took in 62 dogs in July.

“As dog lovers, we are saddened and angry that this is happening,” Mr Sim told Today. He also questioned the “inconsistency” of the ruling since the size restrictions apply only to HDB flats.

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AMNESTY STILL ON

The “amnesty” for dog owners to license their pets still stands, said the AVA.

“When they come forward on their own accord to apply for the licence, we won’t take action against them for having an unlicensed dog,” clarified spokesperson Goh Shih Yong. “However, if our officers visit their premises and find them keeping unliencsed dogs, we would take action against the owner.”

The AVA is looking at an “overwhelming” number of onlnie applications. Due to this and to incomplete applications, processing may take at least a month. But owners who have applied will not be penalised if they can show their application number. Owners will be informed by SMS or telephone to make payment when their licences are approved, said the AVA.

The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), which oversees the licensing of pets, said private residential apartments are governed by their own by-laws and have their own policies on pets, while HDB oversees policies on public housing.

An HDB spokesperson said the approved breeds are “more manageable in an HDB environment … Smaller dogs can also be carried, especially in confined spaces like lifts where owners may need to keep them away from neighbours averse to dogs”.

But educator Susan Chua, 39, reasoned: “If owners exercise prudence and responsibility and train a large-breed dog or cat, why shouldn’t they be able to live in harmony in a HDB block?”

She added animal shelters could not cope with these abandoned dogs and cats, “and these animals are being put down daily as a result”.

The SPCA clarified that there has been no increase in the number of dogs being put down. But as the only animal welfare organisation taking in unlimited numbers, it is struggling to house all of them, said SPCA executive officer Deirdre Moss. About 800 cats, dogs, hamsters and rabbits are handed over to the SPCA each month, but it has room only for about 160 animals.

“Due to the large numbers coming in, a stringent selection criteria for adoption is carried out based on health, temperament, age and space,” Ms Moss said. “If owners are unable to re-home their pets, it puts us in the very difficult position of having to pick and choose among many.”

She thinks the increase in the number of abandoned or relinquished pets is a short-term fallout of the enhanced rules.

But dog licensing has been around for more than 50 years and “there is no reason for owners to abandon their pets because the rules have been enhanced”, said Mr Madhavan Kannan, head of the AVA’s Centre for Animal Welfare and Control. It is an offence to abandon a pet, and those guilty could be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to a year or both, he said.

Ms Moss encouraged owners with valid reasons for keeping large breeds to appeal to the HDB.

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