There have been a number of emails flying, and SMSes going around about some unsterilised cats in a certain part of Singapore since last week. The TC in this area works with the caregivers there. There are however several problems in this case.
Firstly, this area has been the subject of several complaints since last year. A caregiver went down to check it out, and spoke with the people in the area, several of whom were feeding cats outside their flats. The caregiver in fact spoke with a complainant who had a mother cat giving birth to several kittens outside her home on a high floor of the block at the time, and who did not want them killed, but who wanted to know what could be done to stop the kittens going up. She also asked the people there to stop feeding the cats outside their flats which obviously didn't work.
Unfortunately, and also understandably, no one else came forward to help because all of them are busy in their own areas. This entire area has no caregiver nor anyone else who can come forward, which happens. There are many areas fortunately that have very good caregivers - but there are also many areas where there is absolutely no one responsible in the area. This does not imply that there are no feeders - it does mean that there are no responsible caregivers.
Now either one or three cats were caught last week. There are some nice caregivers who are willing to take the cats in and get it sterilised. However as I said this poses certain issues. The town council is clearly going to wonder where everyone was when the complaints occurred - ie why did this caregivers not come forward earlier when there were complaints and offer to help then?
In addition, there are other unsterilised cats there AND other complaints. It still seems that no one knows anyone responsible in the area. So then what is going to happen even if these unsterilised cats are released? If no one goes down, helps to solve the problem AND sterilise the remaining unsterilised cats there, then this is going to reoccur.
Furthermore, I understand they are thinking of taking the cats out and adopting them out. While that's very kind of them, here's the thing. No one knows these cats nor whether they are adoptable. What happens if they are taken out and cannot be rehomed? Where do they go then because they will clearly be microchipped as they weren't sterilised?
While I am glad so many people are taking an interest in these cats and wanting to rescue them, it does make me wonder, why these cats in particular? As far as I know, no one knows these cats personally. Here's my question - what about all the other cats at the AVA that are caught? Why isn't there a huge outpour of emotion to try and get all of THEM out? Amongst them, there are some unclaimed sterilised cats too, which means that at some point in their lives, they did get some care - they were sterilised after all. There are also even more unsterilised cats whom no one has ever taken care of. Why aren't people asking for these cats to be released?