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Cat Welfare Society kicks off a new rescue initiative

Singapore.  17 June 2017. The Cat Welfare Society kicks off a new rescue initiative at its next Annual General Meeting. It plans to launch a fostering and rescue registry and training programme with cat care kits for 50 first-time fosterers on 17 June 2017 at Singapore Management University.

As part of the programme, first-time fosterers will expect support through

  • A Beginner's Guide to Fostering
  • Lifeline to a Fosterer Mentor
  • Schedule of training by CWS volunteers and partner organisations
  • A Starter Kit of donated-in-kind items and consumables on needs basis

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Cat Welfare Society is grateful for the support of its first corporate sponsor for the programme, Silversky. To kick off the programme, 20 veteran fosterers from the community, some of whom will be assisting in the mentorship of new fosterers received a gift hamper of Wellness premium cat food valued at $50 each.

The Cat Welfare Society will conduct its first Fostering 101 training session in July. It will subsequently work with organisations like Love Kuching Project to offer cat care masterclasses. It also aims to look for a new location to house a permanent training centre by September 2017 in the hopes of expanding the programme to more new fosterers.

“In essence, we have always been training and mentoring new fosterers. This year alone, our Executive Director Laura, myself and a few other volunteers have handheld around 5 new fosterers who have in turn gone on to help so many more cats. But it was done mostly in an adhoc manner, usually when a situation has already hit and a cat is in dire need. What we are trying to achieve with this programme is to unlock all the valuable knowledge that currently resides in different people in the community and to find a better way to share this knowledge so that new and potential fosterers can better receive the confidence they need to act in the interest of a cat,” says Thenuga Vijakumar, President of the Cat Welfare Society.

“There are so many cats that need help and it is often always the same people who respond to them. There are very real barriers of entry to rescue and fostering that deters people from doing more than just posting and sharing about a cat in need on social media. This programme aims to address these barriers of entry such as a lack of knowledge or resources,” Laura Ann Meranda, Executive Director of the Cat Welfare Society adds.

Training and mentorship is only the start of its new rescue initiative. Cat Welfare Society will launch a fundraiser at the end of June to seek funds for a humane first responder programme that aims to  enable more people to be able to respond on the spot to a cat in need promptly and effectively.

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As Cat Welfare Society turns its sights to providing more support for the cat fostering and rescue community, sterilisation and mediation remains its core functions. Since 2012, the Society has sterilised more than 21,000 community cats in Singapore. It has also formalised another sterilisation programme, specifically for pet cats in low income families since 2016, with more than 1500 cats and close to 200 families assisted.

These sterilisation programmes go hand in hand with its mediation programme where its mediators continue to work closely with Town Councils, AVA, HDB, NEA and NParks to resolve cat issues humanely in all estates in Singapore. It believes that these efforts have directly contributed to the year-on-year decline in AVA’s cat impoundment rate to under 800 cats in 2016.

Its strength lies in the network it has built over the years connecting volunteers, caregivers, cat shelters and rescue groups all around Singapore. With this new initiative, it is set to further strengthen and grow this network to fulfil its mission of saving lives everyday.

 

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