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The Mews: September 2014
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The 2015 CWS Calendar is here!


 
It is the time of the year to start making room in your work space for the Cat Welfare Society's 2015 calendar!

With the help of the creative hands from NYLON Singapore, the pages of the calendar are filled with adorable and heart-warming shots of community and pet cats - each submitted by the talented photographers of the CWS community. The publication of the calendar would not have been possible without the kind contributions of our sponsors, and we'd like to express our heartfelt gratitude to them.

The 2015 calendar will be available from the first weekend of October at the following places:
James Tan Veterinary Centre, Clinic for Pets, AMK Veterinary Surgery, Cat Socrates, Polypet, Pet Lovers Centre, The Company of Cats, The Cat Cafe and The Tiramisu Hero

They will also be available for purchase at the Purrfect event happening on the 18 and 19 of October, at Lock & Store Ayer Rajar.
Each copy is $10. 
SPAY DAY 2014 is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Friday, 10 October 2014, from 7.30am 

The focus this year is not just on assisting caregivers with the neutering of community cats, but also families who require financial assistance with having their cats neutered. 

Here's how you can be a part of SPAY DAY 2014:

1. Send in cats for neutering - please write to fareena@catwelfare.org with your name, tel number, number of cats and their gender by 26 September 2014. 

2. Be a volunteer driver - please write to volunteer@catwelfare.org if your vehicle can take 5 or more carriers in the seats by 30 September 2014 and let us know if you are available at 8am or 4pm to send or collect cats respectively.

SPAY DAY 2014 is run in memory of Ms Sylvia Low. Ms Low participated in Spay Day 2013 and was an avid cat lover and supporter of animal welfare. SPAY DAY 2014 is made possible through the kind donations of her friends and family.


About CWS Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage program

CWS' Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) is a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing community cat populations. Cats are taken to a veterinary clinic where they are sterilised, then marked so that they can be easily identified. After the cat has recovered from surgery (about 36 hours), it is released to the site of capture. The cats are then managed back in their original environment.

A caregiver then provides regular food and monitors the colony over time. TNRM helps to decrease the numbers of strays and reduce nuisance behaviours like aggression and caterwauling. 

Click here for more information on CWS' Sterilisation Support Scheme.
Myths and Facts of Cat Sterilisatoin
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My short stint as a cat lady

By Denise Tham



As the cat feeder in my neighbourhood went on a holiday, I volunteered to help feed the 15 cats in the area. I didn't think it would be difficult till I found myself struggling to wake at 5 and rushing back in the late afternoons to feed the hungry cats.Most cats hide when people are out and about so I tried to complete my round before the sky brightened. Needless to say, it was exhausting. But knowing that the cats would go hungry if I didn't make that trip really kept me going. On the days where some cats didn't appear at their usual spots, I would worry till I saw them again. In these 10 days, social engagements were either postpone or cancelled to accommodate the awkward feeding time.

I've since developed even more respect for cat feeders who tirelessly sacrifice their time and money to take care of these little furry creatures. To all cat feeders and volunteers, thank you for making the cats' and our world a better place.

Special Appeals Spotlight

Boyboy was a stray cat from northern Singapore. He was found motionless on the floor near a covered walkway. He had difficulty breathing and was brought to the vet.

Boy Boy had to be placed inside an oxygen chamber. He was diagnosed to have his intestines shifted up and exerting pressure on his lungs after a scan. Boyboy underwent an operation to shift his organs back to the original positions. His liver was also found to be sticking to his intestine during the operation. He was given medication to reduce inflammation of the liver.

The total medical cost incurred was more than SGD4000.00.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Boyboy, with the maximum appeal amount of SGD750.00

Click here for more information on how you can help.
Little Oioi is a community cat in northern Singapore.

She was found weak and dehydrated and refusing any food for many days. She was brought to the vet and was diagnosed to be suffering from Severe Chronic Hepatitis.

Little Oioi was hospitalised for 3 days for investigations, drips and medications and is currently being fostered by her feeder for further care and oral medications.

The total hospitalisation bill came up to SGD845.45.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Little Oioi, with the maximum appeal amount at SGD750.00

Click here for more information on how you can help.
Many more special appeals need assistance on our Special Appeals Board.

Adoption Spotlight

Color Mommy
10 years old
Laid back and loving
Greyie
7 years old
Tame and very friendly
Emma
~10 years
Enjoys attention, Manja
Many more cats are available for adoption on the Public Adoption Bulletin Board.

Upcoming Events

 
                  

Meet a CWS Mediator

Nurul'Izzah, 24, is a project manager for CWS. As a full time member of the team, Nurul  juggles the managing of events, carrying out education outreach programmes, attending to feedbacks on cat-related issues from various town councils, government organisations and residents. Here she gives us a sneak peek into the daily going-ons of someone who has dedicated much of her days to the welfare of cats:
Describe your average week 
During a usual week, Tuesdays are my off days that I get to rest at home. On weekends, there usually are events. For the rest of week, I travel around to attend to the cases that I've received to mediate.
What has been your most memorable case so far?
My most memorable case by far was a home with 25 cats cramped in a 3-tier cage. All the cats were unsterilised and the house reeked of cat urine.The family was sick of caring for the cats and did not want to take them back after we sterilised them. After much convincing, they agreed to keep the cats - but not before we educated them on the proper care and up-keeping of their house. Five of the kittens were adopted out into loving homes.
What are some common issues you face in your role?
Some issues would be cat owners who are adamant that the cat can't be kept indoors, owners who refuse to sterilise their cat(s) and recalcitrant irresponsible feeders. They either don't clean up after feeding or feed along the corridors.
One thing that you wish everyone would understand about your role/CWS
I wish that people would understand that we are here to help and that the advise given should be taken into consideration so as to ultimately prevent any measures taken on cats.
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