The Mews: December 2014
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Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who is found guilty of animal cruelty can be imprisoned for up to 12 months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

It is counterproductive to jump to the conclusion that a cat is abused everytime you see a dead or injured cat. It is one of the reasons why the authorities would not take such cases seriously. If you found a dead or injured animal and cannot determine with certainty that it has been abused, send it to the vet or SPCA for an examination or autopsy.

It is imperative that the eye-witness come forward to help in the investigation. If you are a witness of animal abuse or discovered an animal that is clearly abused:
  1. Take photos of the perpetrator or take note of as much details of the abuse as you can e.g. exact location, mode of abuse, description of perpetrator.
  2. Take photos of the animal where it lies and the location.
  3. If the animal is injured, SPCA can pick the animal up for diagnosis and treatment at their clinic. If time is of the essence, you can bring it to the vet immediately for medical treatment. While you are there, please tell the vet that you suspect that the animal has been abused and that you would like the vet to give you a written report. You can ask the vet to send the report to AVA.
  4. If the animal is dead, take photos first and make as many notes of the scene as possible. Send the body to SPCA who can do a necropsy. The faster you get the body for a necropsy, the more details you get. In a tropical climate, decay sets in fast and it may soon be difficult to determine the cause of death.
  5. Report to the police, AVA and SPCA.
Police and authorised officers from the AVA have the duty to investigate and the power subsequently to arrest, enter and search any premises with reasonable cause. The SPCA conducts animal cruelty investigation as its core function and thus provides checks and balances to the authorities' investigations.

Only call the police at 999 when it is a bonafide emergency e.g. the culprit is still on the scene committing a crime.

In other circumstances, contact your Neighbourhood Police Post. It is good practice to find out and save the number of your divisional HQ and/or NPC beforehand from

Other numbers to save are:
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority: 1800 476 1600
SPCA: 62875355 ext 9

When you make a report, get a case number. Also ask which officer is going to be in charge so you can follow up with him or her. Bear in mind, only a witness can make the report - so if someone tells you that they saw a cat abused, only that someone can make the report.

For cat lovers who have already made their rounds through all the cat cafes on the island and are looking for places to satisfy your feline therapy, you would be happy to know that the first cat museum will be opening their doors on 9th January 2015. This social enterprise is on the mission to educate the public on the benefits of adoption over buying cats.

Spanning three storeys, visitors can read about the history of cats and related cat stories from all over the world. There will also be curated cat-related visual artwork, photographs and commissioned pieces, some of which are up for sale.

Bring a cat home!
The Cat Welfare Society is collaborating with The Cat Museum to provide adult cats a safe and homely space to interact with potential adopters. Kittens are not always the most suitable for every household, and if you need more convincing, do come spend time with these calm and collected adults cats on the third floor. 

The Cat Mansion
The top floor is the home and playground of the nine cats that live in the Mansion. Visitors are welcomed to chill and enjoy the company of these cats - most of which were rescued and have a story to share.

Official Opening
Date: 9th January 2015
Location: 8 Purvis Street
Price: $9/person, children below the age of 6 goes in for free

For more information, visit the website or Facebook page

You’ve heard of the phrase: “Old is Gold”. Why not experience what it means and adopt an older cat? We’ll tell you why.
  1. Adult cats are much more relaxed. They don’t have huge amounts of energy to burn and are content at just lying by your side. 
  2. What you see now is what will accompany you for life. Adult cats do not tend to have major changes and you won’t be shocked to come home to a ‘lion’ instead of a cub.
  3. Litter training is not a problem. Older cats would have already more or less acquired good litter habits. Kittens however have not developed this skill and are more likely to pee on your $500 sofa.
  4. Curiosity is less likely to kill the cat. Older cats tend to be much more cautious of their surroundings and won’t go eating any random things on the floors. They are more willing to just lie around than destroy the new shirt you just got from H&M.
  5. You’re already exercising enough. Kittens tend to always be exploring and you’ll never know when they’ll cause mass destruction. Hence you’ll always have to be following them around. With an older cat, you need not worry about running around the house. The treadmill at the gym should suffice. 
  6. Kindness is the language both animals and humans speak. Your old fur-ball will know that you gave them a good home and they will be grateful. How nice is it to come home to lick on the hand or a plethora of affection?
  7. Want to be a hero like Iron Man? Now you can. Older cats have more difficulty getting adopted as adopters tend to favor their younger, more marketable counterparts. On average, they spend more time at their foster homes/shelters although they have qualities that make them great pets (see above)! They just want to have a forever home where they can play and never be worried about being hungry. Bringing them home will mean the world to them.
Ready for lots of cuddling and purrs? Why not adopt an older cat today and experience what it means to have a furry friend to come home with. 

Many senior cats are available for adoption on the Public Adoption Bulletin Board.

Susan started helping community cats 14 years ago, her first rescue a pair of kittens stuck under a drain and at the risk of drowning. Her heroic act led her to suffer a deep gash on her cheek, a scar she still carries today. However, her efforts went down the drain as a few days later, the same two kittens were run over by a car. 

Seeing the sorry sight of the lifeless bodies and the mother cat whining in grief, Susan decided to devote her time to helping community cats. 

How and why did you start your volunteering journey with CWS?
I joined CWS 14 years ago, seeing it as a more organised way to help community cats, and started helping with the Trap-Neuter-Return -Manage program. Since then, I've also fostered and adopted numerous cats. Now, I am housing over 30 cats and 17 dogs.

What is the most satisfying part of the job?
Helping to reduce the number of complaints, which in turn, saves the lives of the cats, is very satisfying. Of course, seeing the kittens that we have helped neuter grow up strong and healthy is extremely gratifying as well.

What is the most challenging part?
We have moved from the neighbourhoods to the industrial areas, where we have to deal with many workshop and warehouse  bosses. Convincing them to allow us to bring the cats back after sterilisation, and getting their cooperation to watch out for the cats is challenging, but it is extremely heartening when we manage to do so. 

What do you hope for the community cats in Singapore?
I hope that more Singaporeans will develop a loving and compassionate heart to help these cats and to give them a forever home, instead of buying from pet shops. If people would only give them a chance and look beyond the breed, they would see that these cats are often just as good or even better than the pure breeds.

Inspired by Susan and want to help?
Find out about our volunteer opportunities here!

We’ve all seen cute cat videos online and laughed whenever a Grumpy Cat meme pops up on our Facebook feeds. Coupled with the trend of cat cafes on the rise, the only time that most youths come in contact with these animals is when they want to take pictures or play with them.

What many young people don’t know is that if the cat population is left unchecked, it can lead to dire consequences.  To raise awareness on the issue of cat sterilisation, Purrject Runway was organised by a team of Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Mass Communication students. They worked closely with Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

Ms Kelly Jean, 28, a volunteer from CWS, talked about the possible reason why youths may not have been active. “I think part of it why there are not more young people participating is because they might not necessarily know how,’’ she said.
So events like this one gives young people a chance to get to know the work that CWS does, Ms Kelly added. 

Run almost entirely by students, the “Meow Convention” was held on Nov 11, 2014. There were lots to offer RP students who came by: there were face painting and henna booths, where students could choose to doll themselves up as glamorous kitties, or leave with cat-themed henna on their hands. In the afternoon, students crowded around the kitty corner to get a closer look at the two community cats named Olaf and Zoolander that were brought down by CWS.

While most students enjoyed the fun elements of the event, many came away with a strong understanding of the issue.

“Many cat owners are not educated on sterilizing cats, so most of them don’t want to sterilize and they end up having unwanted litter. They will be let go, given away, end up under blocks, for example. It’s kind of sad,’’ said Muhammad Ashraf, 19, an Applied Science student and avid cat lover.

Ms Gan Koh, 46, the Programme Chair of DMC said she was pleased that the event was student-driven.  “There were a lot of hard knocks, a lot of late nights. They were very tired but they pulled through and did an excellent job.”

By Velda Lim (Republic Polytechnic Mass Communications Student)

Visit any of the 59 Pet Lovers Center stores island-wide and make a food donation to CWS to feed the community cats, from $1 onwards!
Or call PLC Home Delivery hotline: 1800-PETFOOD (1800-7383663) to make a food donation, from $20 onwards!
For more information, visit

Special Appeals Spotlight

Eighty-Nine was found with a wire fastener tied tightly to his neck, causing a large abrasion.

He was brought immediately to the vet for treatment, which included sterilization and treatment of the wound. Due to the severity of the wound, he was hospitalized for approximately a month for specialized treatment and cleaning of the wound..

The total medical cost incurred was SGD932.82

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Eighty-Nine, with the maximum appeal amount atSGD750.00.

Click here for more details on making a donation to Eighty-nine's case.

Mata is a community cat from central Singapore. She is blind in her left eye.

She was found to have a cyst and pus on her left jaw. She was also drooling a lot and unable to eat well. She was so full of mites that at times she would overturned herself to scratch.

He was brought to the vet immediately. She was cleaned and given injection and revolution for her mites. With further treatment and medication, Mata is now recuperating well and able to eat as per normal.

The total medical cost incurred was SGD464.44.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Mata, with the appeal amount at SGD464.44.

Click here for more details on making a donation to Mata's case.

Many more special appeals need assistance on our Special Appeals Board.

Adoption Spotlight

Kitty Rio
5 Years Old

Kitty Rio is an extremely affectionate cat who gets along with humans. He loves to follow people around, sit on humans' laps and even licks humans lovingly. He is very sweet and loving, and would play with toys only when play is initiated. He will make a perfect addition to any household!

Click here for more details on adopting Kitty Rio.
Gentle Tabby
2 Years Old

Gentle Tabby was found sterilised and alone at a block. It is gentle, tame and has a cute round face with a full tail. It looks like a Persian cross as its face is round and a little flat. He is currently living on the streets but is too tame to be left there and is looking for a loving home.

Click here for more details on adopting Gentle Tabby.
Black Cat
1-2 Years Old

Black Cat is a young male which would make a great pet. He is quiet and has a good temperament, making him suitable for a family environment. Black Cat is sterilized, vaccinated and waiting to be adopted by his forever family.

Click here for more details on adopting Black Cat.
CWS Adoption guidelines apply.
Many more cats are available for adoption on the 
Public Adoption Bulletin Board.

The Mews is brought to you by CWS Volunteers Denise Tham, Qiuling Low, Emi Matsumoto and Vicki Teo.
Header Photograph by Barnie Low.
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