One of the two cats has returned.
I asked about his condition:
“He was dirty and stinky, worn out and now he is a very scared cat. Will hiss at anyone.”
He must have been through hell! It kills me to think what Nora, Roxy and the other missing cats went through…
One of the families who lost their cats, went to see their MP yesterday.
Sms: “She refused to help at all and told us to go to HDB to ask to remove the ban. As long as there are complaints, cats must be removed, no matter house or community. She also did not want to reveal the pest control company.”
Was told by the cat owner that the MP made a call to Faith from TC and was told that one black-and-white cat had been caught and released…
According to the cat owner, they were not given any warning or told that their cat caused complaints.
The owner is now on her way to Ubi, to paste up posters of her missing cat… acting on a tip-off.
Feeder F called me at around 2pm saying that the Blk *28 Feeder saw the cleaning supervisor and a Malay man with a metal-coloured trap which contained food.
I went down and saw the Supervisor and TC officer Joseph. The officer claimed that they only engaged the pest control to take photos and count the cats and to check them for tipped-ear.
Later received call from M that a resident of Blk *27 saw pest controllers catch 7 cats. Met the TC officer and supervisor again on my way to meet M. I told him and asked him to come up to the 4th floor with us to speak to the man. He said he had to rush off to catch someone who pasted up posters. The other man who was with them mentioned something about the trap being stolen.
M and myself went up to the resident’s unit. The elderly Indian man says he saw it from his window and that the men were wearing white T-shirts and that the TC officer was with them. He described the van as being the same colour as the trap.
Later I met the Supervisor again and he also mentioned that their trap had been stolen….
My question is…. why would they bring a trap if they are just taking photos???
So far we cannot be sure that cats are missing… will check tonight!
A worker doing painting at *26 told me and Feeder F that he saw a black-and-white cat being trapped this morning.
Will update tonight on missing cats.
Feeder F also mentioned that a house visiting by MP is coming up.
A reliable source saw an orange cat removed from Blk *26 Area 1 yesterday at about 9.45pm. The cat was in a cage and was placed into the SITA Pest Control van. Then the van drove off.
The feeder says that this new abandonee had been around for a few days. It must be this new cat since Rose and Benny are still around and there is no other orange cat in this area.
There is always a Sita van parked in front of this block, I will later check the vehicle number. A resident pest controller doing some business on his own?
Also this same feeder has seen Jacky from *30 (who was presumed dead) at the bus interchange.
The cat recognized her and she confirmed that it was Jacky after I showed her a photo. Will be meeting her at 2am to search…
Jacky is shy and will need to be trapped. Only someone with trap or net could have relocated him! Blk *30 is next to *26!
I went to town for a free student haircut with a fellow caregiver today… to relax and be pampered for 2 hours…or so I thought. Ended up spending the whole time on the phone…my friend had to give the instructions on what to do with my hair because I was more concerned about getting a cat back from AVA.
A few days ago another caregiver IK had messaged me that the town council said there were complaints about caterwauling and too many cats at the bin center of this area: http://meowies.multiply.com/journal/item/299/A_bad_estate
She checked the area and agreed to sterilise the cats after one of the feeders (the owner of the hairdressing salon) offered to pay for the vet fees. She sent an email to inform TC.
Today IK smsed that the pest control came this morning. Luckily the hairdresser had noticed and managed to get the cat released. The caregiver called her property officer, who denied having called in the pest control ! Saying that they are only trying to trap one black cat which defecates on the common corridor.
AVA confirmed that they had an unsterilised cat from that area. The cat was caught by the TC’s Pest Control service yesterday.
I advised IK to go down to AVA… I had learned my lesson on betrayal the hard way. Penny also went down to assist and support… while I spoke to the property manager, who first told me the same story about trying to trap only that particular black cat until I confronted him with the fact that the trapped non-black cat is at AVA right now. Then he said there was a complaint and he had to be fair. Okay, so the complainant (who sent some emails without even giving his address to tc) is promptly served. The caregiver, also a resident of that area, is not even told the truth that the cats are being trapped.. Is that a way to treat people who spent much time and money to control the cat population in a humane way. When I requested for a letter to be sent to AVA the TC manager even suggested “to let this one go”. I said ” No Way!” IK said the same thing when I told her.
In the end the cat was micro-chipped at AVA because of miscomunication between Penny and myself… I had assumed she would request for TC letter. IK had to pay $80 before the cat was handed over to her. She will get him sterilised tomorrow with the help of SPCA voucher from Penny and then release him in a safer area. She will still make arrangements to get the remaining cats sterilised.
Photos courtesy of Vegancat
Caught by pest control thrice
Sent to AVA twice
Both times rescued in the nick of time
Indeed a cat with good karma
Now he is safe in the cattery
Waiting for that special person
To take him home
All this happened within a time span of one year. The first time I rescued him from AVA with a letter from TC. Then he disappeared about 6 months later, most likely relocated by pest control.
As I later found out, he was caught again 2 months after his disappearance and sent to AVA again, starving and sick. He was rescued once more and nursed back to health, then after another 4 months I finally found him… healthy and well-fed at the cattery.
At 6 am this morning Penny arrived at my place to pass me a cat to bring for sterilisation today then she met up with a Malay feeder and took taxi to AVA. She told me that this feeder cried when he heard that the 2 cats were caught. The Pest Control people also went there to explain their “mistake” and claim the cats back. AVA refused and still insist on a letter from TC! All left in frustration, then Penny called me and I asked her to turn back…
At first AVA said that a faxed letter was not acceptable as they are now very strict, until I managed to speak to someone from the Welfare side. TC was also very hard to reach…but finally Andrew agreed to fax the letter…. hopefully Penny will soon be able leave with the 2 cats. At first they even refused to let her see the cats but later she saw and identified them as the 2 missing cats.
After several calls to the Pest Control Company, they finally called back to admit that their employee “made a mistake by catching the two cats at the bin center” and that they were actually supposed to catch cats in Woodlands that morning. Luckily there was a resident who had seen the trapping going on and later informed Penny. So the 2 cats are now at AVA (one ginger boy and a tortoiseshell female). The pest control company (and caregivers) will try to claim them back on Monday morning. No wonder I was told there are no cats from our area at AVA, because they were recorded as being caught at Woodlands.
Two more tipped-ear cats had gone missing from the bin center earlier… but no one saw what happened. They probably were the victims of another “mistake” and it will be too late to save them now because AVA will keep the tipped-ears for only about 3 days before they are killed.
I guess many such ‘mistakes’ happen on a regular basis and it seems we caregivers have to make a trip down to AVA whenever any cat goes missing.
I am still trying to verify with TC…so far have not been able to contact Ms Veron or Andrew.
The agreement was to give us until end of this month! AVA will call me if the cats come in and we will try our best to claim them back. I was told by AVA that lately more cats are being rounded up and that it will be very, very difficult to claim any unsterilised cat back.
We still don’t know exactly which two cats have been caught, but there were no unsterilised ones left at this bin center.
Sponsors have come up with a total of $550.- to get 10 of the cats sterilised quickly…and 10 more were done with the help of SPCA. None of the many families we spoke to wants the cats to be killed…
Are the TC officers afraid because this complainant, who wanted to call in the police because Penny mentioned “Race” when talking about abandonment, would complain to the MP if TC didn’t remove the cats?
TC denied having activated pest control…and the cats did not turn up at AVA. The Pest Control company employed by TC is Clean Solutions. I suspect they have relocated the 2 cats…
A mother cat from Tampines is being held at AVA for more than a week now because TC refuse to issue a letter to the caregiver who wants to sterilise the cat and board her at a cattery. All her kittens have already died at AVA.
Can someone please tell me why there is a need for such a letter in the first place when the caregiver is willing to home the cat in a cattery and is paying for all the expenses?
More closer to home, the Town Council Manager informed Penny that the (sterilised) cats will still be rounded up after end of this month because there is a complaint from a resident at Blk 172 about too many cats and that they are making noise. She refused to reveal which unit the complaint came from.
So all the families that we spoke to at Blk 165, which is even closer to the bin center must be deaf….because we asked them and they said there was no noise! Also it doesn’t matter that none of the residents we spoke to wanted the cats to be killed.
All that matters is that that the one complainant and one property officer want them removed. I wonder if the complainant is actually aware that the cats will be killed and that there is a better and humane way of controlling the cat population… probably not!
There are around 10 cats at the bin center now, 2 have been removed. A caregiver has adopted the one that had one eye removed. Another cat gave birth at a caregiver’s home, while waiting to be sterilised and she is now nursing her 6 kittens there untill they are ready to be adopted.
We actually came to know about this problem because a resident feeder named Caren contacted me… but in the end she was not willing to do anything at all. Penny then took over as it is quite close to her area… then another 2 caregivers and some sponsors came in. I am quite encouraged by such community spirit… what a shame to have such an unsupportive TC.
Altogether about 20 over cats have been done, those at the bin center as well as those from nearby blocks.
However the property officer still insists that there must not be more than 5 cats at the bin center by end of next week. Otherwise the Pest Control will be called in to round them up .
Helped Penny to do a survey today, in 2 hours we covered about half of the block closest to the bin center. 23 families did not want the cats removed, and none of them had any complaints. 2 people were indifferent and one family wanted some of the cats removed as they were scared of them…but even they did not want them killed. Frankly I was surprised that there was not a single complaint about caterwauling, cat fights…I mean we only started sterilizing 2 weeks ago!
Penny will talk to the property manager and show him the result of our survey.
Why must these sterilised cats (there are now about 10 at the bin center) be removed, when the overwhelming majority of residents does not want them to be removed…just because one family has a phobia?
The bin center is not even close to the first block and there is lots of greenery surrounding it…including a quite steep hill with overgrown grass…. more than enough space for 10 cats to play and hide away from human beings.
A lady called me about a month ago as she was interested to start TNRM in her area. However she gave manny excuses. Penny and myself offered her our SPCA vouchers but then she said that she could only sterilise one cat this month. So Pest Control was activated today.
Two caregivers went to the area and somehow the captured cats were released. Phew…what a relief! Another caregiver has agreed to start sterilising those cats, so I will pass her my remaining 2 SPCA vouchers and Penny also has another 3 vouchers for her. The little black female kitten in my Area 1, called Bumboo, can wait until next month…I think she is not even 5 months old yet.
Got a frantic call from the caregiver this morning… I had met Penny only once, more than a year ago, when she approached me to help her sterilize the cats in her area. I refused, as I have my hands full but urged her to start sterilizing and to work with her TC. Seems she has now sterilised about 20 cats in her area, with only a few left to be done.
The Pest Control people, as well as the Town Council officer, were at the car park of blk *55 this morning. Seems the TC officer refused to talk to her and also ignored her request to speak with me over the phone. The Caregiver told me that some of the cats had already been caught…which I later found out was untrue.
The TC people had left by the time I reached there but the pest controllers were still there. They told me that they were not catching the cats today (even showed me the empty van with a cat trap in it) but they would come back… as instruction was given to catch the cats (including the tipped ears).
I will pass some CWS material to the caregiver, who said she would do a survey of the 2 blocks from where the complaints originated.
Anyone staying in this area, please call up your TC to let them know that you do not want the cats removed.
My suspicion that that residents have been calling in the pest control to remove cats has been confirmed. Many sterilized cats have disappeared in the area between block *02 and *24. Both TC and RC said that they did not remove them and none of the cats showed up at AVA.
A resident of that area, a Indian man named John, told me yesterday that there is a group of ‘cat-haters’ who take things into their own hands…but he claimed not to know their names and where they stay just pointing to a few blocks. I have a feeling he knows them…or maybe he is one of them.
I feel like giving up on this area…but what about all the sterilised cats… Darly, Shredder, One Eye Ginger, Lizzy, Beany, Little Grey, Ginger-White Boy, Lora, Sore Throat, Jade, Jake, Stitches, Lady Jane, Steel and Doppelganger? Then there is Pearl and her kittens, Muddy and the new ginger-white male…
The sterilised cats that have disappeared are:
Shadow blk *02
Patchy blk *11
Louis blk *07
Grey Long-Tail Tabby blk *12
Pearl’s son blk *18
Pearl’s daughter blk *18
Max blk *24
Felix blk *07
Light Ginger blk *14
Shredder’s son Howie blk *03
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.