Monthly Archives: February 2007

Update on Golden Lion

The adoption of Golden Lion is still pending because the potential adopter may not be able to install wire-mesh for his safety.

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Golden Lion adopted

Golden Lion will be going home with a family with 2 young children. I was pleasantly surprised when they told me that their condo has a TNRM programme.

I saw some tapeworm segments in his stool today and dewormed him. No wonder he has been eating triple portions without growing fat.

J. (the adopter who returned Silver & Genie) came to visit them and brought some cat food and a scratching post that she had bought for them. The daughter still considers Silver & Genie as ‘her cats who live with auntie Helga’.

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New photos of Sophia at the cattery



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More support for Xiao Hei

From Calsifer’s Blog:

SOS: Help Save Xiao Hei the Dog –

http://tippedearclan.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/sos-xiaohei/

Goodbye Year of the Dog, Goodbye Blackie? –

http://tippedearclan.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/tnp-20070218-blackie/

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Sad laughter at the absurditiy of humankind

We are supposed to have intelligence and logic thinking…yet we don’t see the absurdity of our actions

From SingaporeCommunityCats Blog:

ttp://singaporecommunitycats.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/sad-laughter-at-the-absurdity-of-humankind/

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Brownie has returned

Photo: Brownie…she is not a three-legged cat 😉

Brownie aka Mei Mei, sister of Oreo, has returned after 4 days. If she was caught and dumped by the pest control, she must have managed to find her way back…or perhaps she was just frightened and went into hiding. Brownie looks a little thinner but otherwise well and happy.

Talked to an Indian man yesterday, while feeding the cats. Just then I noticed a large can of cat food dumped on void deck of *29 area 1. I am not very polite when I see such things and explained to this young man how such irresponsible feeding gets the cats killed. Then he told me that he is with the pest control…showing me his cap with the logo. He said that they are not killing the cats just deliver them to AVA and that they are not killed there either. I did not mince my words when I explained to him what happens to the cats at AVA…and told him that he is doing a dirty job, like a butcher, involved in killing of animals, delivering them to their death. He agreed that cats were not pests and said that he was in this job for only 2 month…I advised him to look for a better job…

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Golden Lion

Golden Lion has been sterilized and also had a check up. The vet estimated him to be about 4 to 5 years old. He is healthy, had Frontline treatment and is now ready for adoption. He will make a wonderful companion…

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Xiao Hei’s Story in The New Paper

Will Xiao Hai be allowed to stay and have a shelter built for her at the void deck…

More here:
http://singaporecommunitycats.wordpress.com/2007/02/17/please-dont-kill-blackie/

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Pest Control again?

Two Indian men with nets have been sighted by Az behind her block and one of the sterilized cats went missing. The men were wearing dark blue t-shirts with red collar. That was 2 weeks ago.

Then yesterday, a friend of Az told her that last Wednesday and Thursday she saw Indian men with nets trying to catch cats around block *18 area 2 and *45 area 3. She saw someone lay out food for the cats about 15 mins before the men with nets arrived.

Both Town Councils deny having activated the pest control. Also, according to AVA no cats were sent in from that area.

Many cats have disappeared at the area between blk *10 and *20. Max was lost 4 days after being sterilized, but he was a newcomer and I hope that he just stopped roaming around and returned home. He was wearing a collar, which was quickly replaced after I took it off, and in general he looked well taken care of.

More recently a sterilized tabby from *12 has disappeared, then Pearl’s sterilized daughter at blk *18 area 2, and on Tuesday little Louis from *09 went missing.

Yesterday night, while waiting 2 hours for Judy to enter the trap, I was pondering the meaninglessness of all this effort…in the end I gave up.

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The Big Catch!!!

Yes, Mohan finally netted the untrappable Sandy (mother of Hazel)!

Now there are only 2 more difficult ones left, Judy and Pearl.

I saw Big Head yesterday for the first time after his release. He is quite friendly with Sylvia now but keeps away from me. I guess he remembers how he was caught and then kept in the cage for such a long time and then his escape at the vets… Well, can’t blame him.

Took in Golden Lion as a spare cat, in case I fail to catch either Judy or Pearl tonight for tomorrow’s sterilization slot.

M and myself visited the dog (Xiao Hei) at his temporary home today. We were surprised to see a group of people there. J and other residents were also visiting her and taking photos J

The place is not ideal for long-term and hopefully she can soon be adopted or transferred to a boarding facility.

Photos: Sandy and Golden Lion

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The terrible suffering of Pongo

….and then a miraculous transformation

http://singaporecommunitycats.wordpress.com/2007/02/12/pongo-update-a-miraculous-transformation/

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Dreamlike

Know all things to be like this:

A mirage, a cloud castle,

A dream, an apparition,

Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen.

Know all things to be like this:

As the moon in a bright sky

In some clear lake reflected,

Though to that lake the moon has never moved.

Know all things to be like this:

As an echo that derives

From music, sounds, weeping,

Yet in that echo is no melody.

Know all things to be like this:

As a magician makes illusions

Of horses, oxen, carts and other things,

Nothing is as it appears.

– The Buddha

Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness towards all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.

A Tibetan Master

From: ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’

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The Spirit of Compassion

The AVA van turned up at the area of blk *30 to catch the dog… someone had made a complaint.

This much-loved sterilized female dog named Xiao Hei aka Blackie has been around for about 3 years. She is very tame and friendly, even with the community cats..

Many residents, including Az and other Malay families, came down to plead with them. Finally the dogcatchers agreed to come back in a few days time.

The residents gathered and discussed and even signed a petition to the MP, who agreed to ask AVA to give them more time.

Meanwhile Sylvia kept me updated while I was trying to get a boarding facility to accept the dog. One resident came forward to sponsor the boarding fees. He had found the dog when she was still a puppy and later had her sterilized.

Then, this morning I came to know that another resident had called in the SPCA. Her reasoning was that the dog would have a chance there or at least would be put down more humanely. Managed to call it off while they were on the way.

The residents keep calling Sylvia for updates regarding the boarding. They are also taking turns to watch over the dog and look out for the AVA van.

One lady, a cancer survivor, says that she can’t sleep because of the worries.

Sylvia says, that the dog looks sad and seems no know that something is going on…

Hopefully she can be boarded by Monday…

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Hazel

Little Hazel has been sterilized yesterday. She is the now about 5 months old kitten of the untrappable Sandy. She is shy, just like the mother, but was easily trapped. Hazel is a very sweet girl.

Meanwhile 2 pregnant mothers have been left to give birth…. sigh!

One is from area 2. The Auntie kept telling me about this new pregnant cat but I only saw her and started feeding her about 2 weeks ago. Now she has already given birth.

The other one is at Sylvia’s area and due to give birth any time now.

The little Jade, who bit me so badly, is now very friendly, she can be stroked and held and she keeps following me. I alway wonder if that little kink right at the end of the tail was there before it was caught in the window.

Photos: Hazel

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