The Cat Welfare Society (CWS) is a Singapore-based society registered under the Societies Act (Cap. 311 of Singapore).
It is also a charity and an institute of public character (“IPC”) pursuant to the Charities Act (Cap. 37 of Singapore).
UEN Number: S99SS0144E
Date of Society Registration: 23 October 1999
Date of Charity Registration: 28 June 2004
Current Period of IPC: 09/12/19 to 08/12/20
Engaging the community to achieve sustainable and humane management of cats in Singapore through advocacy, sterilisation, mediation and educational outreach programmes.
A humane society where every cat in Singapore has a place to call home.
CWS was formed in July 1999 by a group of friends who got together to help community cats and kittens after being outraged by a newspaper report about 5 kittens being burned alive in a box. In 1999, more than 13,000 cats were culled that year in a bid to control the stray population. That equated to an average of 35 cats killed every single day.
CWS set about to reduce this number with the aim of eliminating it entirely. Our tireless campaigning over the years against the inhumane culling of cats has resulted in a record low of less than 1000 cats put down since 2015.
Over the years, CWS has grown from strength to strength and evolved in its vision and mission. Our work has expanded to include community mediation and frontline intervention, community cat population management, education on responsible practices, outreach, and advocacy.
Our vision is that we will live in a humane society where every cat in Singapore has a place to call home. The home may be in the community or a residence, but each cat will be treated with kindness and dignity and lead a life free from fear and suffering.
Sterilisation & Mediation
To achieve our vision of this humane society, we have focused intensely on two programmes in the past decade:
- Sterilisation – CWS has pushed through an islandwide community cat sterilisation programme. The programme will reduce the overall number of cats gradually. This means that each cat will have more resources dedicated to it. In turn, this reduces the burden on community caregivers.
- Community mediation – CWS has also worked alongside government partners to address cat-related feedback and show that one can choose the humane approach to community issues over an easy way out.
These programmes have been successful. Singapore has opted for the approach in the management of animals. The falling culling rates in the past decade and engagement of CWS by NParks as its mediation partner are testament to that.
Advocacy & Education
CWS also advocates and educates on responsible cat ownership and responsible cat caregiving in the community. CWS’ work has legitimised responsible cat caregiving islandwide through registration and donation programmes for the cat caregivers. Our guidelines for cat adoptions have also been adopted as the standard by independent rehomers and groups alike.
We will continue with our programmes and set out sights on a national campaign to promote legalised responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the consequences of our actions on others. We want to foster a culture of understanding and create an empathetic society in Singapore that cares for every part of our community including the animals.
As we mature as a nation, we need to ensure that future generations can live harmoniously – that every man, woman, child and animal can live in peace together. A future where humanity reigns and kindness rules. This is the legacy we want to leave behind for generations to come.