Angela started volunteering with CWS since 2010 and is now also the contact point for cats-related issues in Hougang. She also contributes to the running of the society as Vice-President of the CWS board committee and is involved with the TNRM effort on St. John's and Lazarus Islands. Having started out as a volunteer mediator, she has seen the power of mediation in saving cats from being culled, and is now a strong advocate of it.
1. When did you start to volunteer with CWS and why?
I started volunteering officially with CWS in 2010. I was a mediator, and was asked to be the contact point for cats-related issues in Hougang. As I wanted to help more cats, I agreed readily.
2. What about this role is most important to you?
Mediation plays a very important part as several of the complaints arise from irresponsible and/or ignorant cat owners who allow their home cats to roam outdoors and upset their neighbours. With education, most of the cases are resolved without having to cull and remove the cats.
3. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what?
I used to own abandoned dogs rescued by myself and my late mum. When SARS came, the authorities started culling the community cats we've been feeding. To save them from their death sentence, we brought them home and that's when I became a cat convert. Now I have a few rescue cats and foster some that are pending rehoming.
4. What is the most challenging thing about the job?
As a volunteer mediator, the most challenging job is having the cat owner slam the door in your face when you do home visit to check out the complaint. Despite the rude snub, we have to set our anger and ego aside and put on a brave front to engage them again so as to resolve the cats' issues.