Shelter community cats instead of relocating them.

Shelter community cats instead of relocating them.

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Ashwini Sreenivasan started this petition to Whom it may concern

Some community cats are subject to animal abuse in poor living conditions and can sometimes be considered a nuisance to some residents. In fact, cats have been even been relocated in the past by Town Councils in an effort to pacify those who make complaints about these cats. It is understandable that some do not appreciate having cats everywhere, as not everyone necessarily loves animals. Although I commend the Town Councils for taking action to provide a more comfortable environment for residents, they are inadvertently creating a vicious cycle of issues for that arise from relocating cats, which will ultimately affect residents and the cats themselves. When a resident complains about a cat causing them inconvenience, relocating them does hardly anything to solve the problem. If the cat is relocated to a different estate, the same problems may arise. On top of this, when a cat has been relocated, it will be frightened and may panic due to the stress of being in an unfamiliar environment. Some cats are so fearful that they seem to live in a near-constant state of anxiety, or they may redirect their fear into aggression toward people or other animals. This aggression may then cause a chain reaction of the cat being endlessly relocated and causing people unnecessary stress as well. 

Some cat owners allow their cats to roam along the corridor of the units, which may also cause neighbours to complain; especially if they are uncomfortable with cats. Cat owners should be obligated to mesh up their windows and their gates to keep their cats from roaming around the estate. By meshing and cat-proofing their homes, they are keeping their pets safe from harm and being responsible cat-owners. Another issue is the rising number of cases of pet abandonment in Singapore. Cats are one of the many types of animals that are abandoned in Singapore. This could even be due to the presence of stray cats; allowing people to dump their cats without being noticed. 

Instead of relocating stray cats, I propose a solution to shelter these cats in the Town Council/Community Club. This way, the cats will not be able to cause any possible form of nuisance to the residents and other residents can still come to meet them. Benefits of being around animals like cats include the therapeutic effect they have on people which can improve their wellbeing and overall health. Cats can even contribute to society by serving as therapy animals for people who go in for counselling. The cats that are housed in the Town Council can also be up for adoption, allowing them permanent homes of their own where they can be safe and loved, subsequently opening up more space for other cats. Residents can also chip in support by donating supplies such as cat toys to the town councils/community club to provide better care for the cats. Why not an animal shelter do all this? Animal shelters tend to have more than enough animals as it is, which makes it difficult for volunteers to take on the task of rehoming and fostering stray cats. I've even asked some of my friends and other people why they don't volunteer; most of the time they tell me it's due to the lack of time or that the shelters are too far away. By sheltering these cats, there can be so any opportunities to engage children and adults alike to serve the community as volunteers, instilling in them important values such as compassion. 

As my family isn't keen on adopting cats, I've been unable to offer them homes. I believe that there are many other possible solutions which are better than forcibly removing cats and dumping them in an unfamiliar location, subjecting them to danger.

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