A Meow Time at Pet Safari (Serangoon NeX)

Hello Everyone,

just last weekend after Church, Baby and I were at Serangoon NeX to check out some laptop deals at Challenger, Courts, and NewStead, and while doing so, we decided to pay Pet Safari a visit as we wanted to look at the dogs they are selling.

However, instead of looking at dogs, we spent the majority of our time meowing away with the cats that were up for adoption. There were so many people that were also meowing together with us and seriously, the cats and kittens were just so adorable.

Well, whether you’re a fan of cats or not, the following photos will just make you go “awwwww”.

This little kitten here is rather hyperactive and it likes to meow alot. Here’s one of the volunteer from the Cat Welfare Society trying to put on a shirt for the kitten.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Here’s Baby carrying the little kitten that was rather reluctant to have its picture taken.

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Cute expressions from the little kitten.

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From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

It’s extremely difficult to get the little kitten to stand still and look at the camera.

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and when the little kitten does look at the camera, he always give a “what you want” expression.

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This is another little kitten that we found really cute.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

In fact, it likes to climb onto people’s shoulder and it is real gentle.

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Well, besides the little kittens, we also saw some big cats too. This cat was really so princess-like and it is extremely clean. It’s also gentle too.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

This Siamese cat was found abandoned and was up for adoption.

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Just look at all the adorable cats that were up for adoption.

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Here’s some close-up shots of the cats. Look at all those sleepy faces.

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This is a rather sweet photo of the cat resting its head on another cat.

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I personally like this cat alot but when we were there, it was rather reserved and quiet [maybe it doesn’t feel comfortable in an environment full of people].

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Check out the huge crowd of people at the cat adoption fair!

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012
From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Here are some of the volunteers from the Cat Welfare Society

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And this “ang moh” decided to adopt one of the little kittens home. Isn’t that sweet?

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

So anyways, it was our first time checking out a cat adoption fair and it was definitely a heart-melting experience when we heard stories of how the cats suffered from abuse, abandonment, and a whole lot of other stories that not many people may care about. Hence, this is one of the reasons why I am actually putting up a blog post about this cat adoption fair that took place last Sunday.

How the Cat Welfare Society Came About [extracted from Cat Welfare Society’s website]?

In July 1999, a newspaper in Singapore published a report about 5 kittens being burned alive in a box. Outraged by this and other senseless acts of cruelty towards innocent animals occurring in Singapore everyday, a few friends got together and decided to help other harmless stray cats and kittens.

This was how the Cat Welfare Society began. They felt that having a Society would give them a more effective and stronger voice for the cats who have the right to be represented accurately and humanely, and the right to be free of pain, fear and suffering.

The Cat Welfare Society was officially approved and registered on 23 October 1999. It was registered as a charity in June 2004.

What Cat Welfare Society Does [extracted from Cat Welfare Society’s website]?

“Saving lives through sterilisation”

The only way to help alleviate suffering and to stop so many cats being killed is to go to the root cause of the problem — which is that of too many cats being born. In order to do this, Cat Welfare Society believe firmly in the need to focus on sterilisation.

To put it simply, the fewer cats born, the fewer cats suffer and die.

When Cat Welfare Society first came into operation, records showed that 13,000 community cats were put down every year. This equated to 35 cats killed every single day. The Cat Welfare Society found that this could not be allowed to go on and joined the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in its effort to incentivise and encourage people to sterilise community cats.

The Cat Welfare Society is also active in coordinating the sterilisation efforts of volunteers under the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA)’s sterilisation programme from 1998 to 2004, implemented after its study confirmed the benefits of sterilisation as an effective means of community cat population control.

Sterilisation as a recognised practice continues to this day. As a result, the number of cats being put down has fallen to an average of 10,000 cats per year in the last decade. In 2010, that number was at an all-time low of 5000.

This is a clear indication of the effectiveness of current strategies in stabilising and reducing the stray population. This is especially observable when volunteers, town councils and management committees work together to uphold the integrity of the sterilisation programme in their estates. Through this continued collaboration, the community cat population are brought down even further and as a result, fewer cats are sent to be culled.

“Saving lives through enriching more minds”

The Cat Welfare Society builds on their strength in numbers to cultivate a robust community outreach movement to reach more people with the message of responsibility and tolerance. Many caregivers and volunteers are already part of this grassroots movement to educate their neighbours and fellow residents as well as to help their community resolve issues related to community and pet cats.

The Cat Welfare Society believes that it takes a community to resolve a community issue and only by making a human connection can a culture of peer pressure and encouragement be created that can effectively change mindsets.

Well, if you’re a cat lover and you want to play your part in seeing lesser cats culled, you can either become a member of Cat Welfare Society, volunteer your time as a volunteer, or donate to Cat Welfare Society. In fact, I’m considering one of these few things that I’ve listed to play my part in the community. Will you? To find out more about the Cat Welfare Society and its initiatives, programmes, and upcoming events, do check out their website at http://www.catwelfare.org/

Every living thing [cats, dogs, animals, etc.] deserves a chance to live and not suffer from abuse. So, do your part by showing kindness to animals.

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!

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