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Thu 15 Mar 2007
Appeal to MND, "Give cat-rehabilitation scheme a chance"
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"Give cat-rehabilitation scheme a chance." By Deirdre Moss.
Letter to the Forum page, The Straits Times, 15 Mar 2007.
I REFER to the letter, 'Active citizenry? Bring back cat-rehab scheme' (ST, March 9), by Dr Tan Chek Wee. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) agrees wholeheartedly with Dr Tan that the Government should reconsider this approach. In fact, the SPCA had written repeatedly to the Ministry of National Development to ask that this worthwhile scheme be reinstated.
Sterilisation gets to the root cause of the overpopulation problem by eliminating breeding while allowing the cats to live out their lives. For many years now, the SPCA has promoted sterilisation as an effective method of reducing the stray-cat population. Since 1991, our voucher programme for stray-cat sterilisation has translated into thousands of cases of surgery on stray cats being sponsored by the SPCA.
Over the years, our monthly budget has more than doubled. With the special rates granted to our organisation by participating veterinary clinics (whose kind assistance we are very grateful for), we are able to sponsor the cost of approximately 140 operations every month. We thank our donors whose funding has made this possible.
The contribution by cat caregivers in looking after the cats and arranging transportation to and from the clinics is to be applauded.
We are encouraged to read in Dr Tan's letter that the number of tipped-ear community cats appears to be increasing. But with 13,000 cats destroyed in Singapore annually, what is yet to be achieved is considerable. And it is only with the Government's help that we can solve the problem satisfactorily.
We encourage citizens to write to the Ministry of National Development in support of sterilisation, the more humane way to reduce our stray population.
For more information on the SPCA's voucher programme for strays, visit http://www.spca.org.sg/help_us/strays.asp.
Deirdre Moss (Ms)
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals