|The Cat Welfare Society is entirely volunteer-driven and we’re on the lookout for dedicated individuals with a passion for cat welfare. Animal welfare is not a breeze. You may not get a verbal thank you but you will get the sheer joy and satisfaction of walking past your community cat and sayang-ing him or her and knowing he or she is safe and cared for.
We are looking for individuals with long-term vision and commitment. You should be independent and self-reliant. The ability to be objective and focused on problem-solving is also useful.
Here are two of the most important groups of volunteers for which we are actively recruiting:
1. The backbone of cat welfare is our community of caregivers. They look after specific estates, usually their own or neighbouring, to ensure that community cats in those areas are sterilised, healthy, and properly fed. They ensure the safety of the cats. Several caregivers also mediate within their communities.
2. Mediators are one of our most indispensable assets and the spotlight has recently shifted to the work they do. Part crime-buster, part educator and all-round problem solver, they understand firstly that not all complaints are invalid. Then they investigate the issue, speak with the complainants and engage the neighbourhood authorities and in tandem with all parties, come to a mutually acceptable solution. As one of our mediators Suzana sums up: “mediation is important and a rational approach is required to deal with various mindsets. Without mediation, the cats will have to be removed.”
If time is an issue or you’re not sure about long-term commitment but you would still like to get involved, it’s easy. Here are some things you could do:
1. Educate your friends and neighbours
There are countless ways in which we can help our community cats just by helping our friends and neighbours. Oftentimes, we have more knowledge of cat-related issues and solutions to any problems. If not, we will know where to find the answers. So feel free to share the knowledge and help correct any misinformation about cats.
Common examples: If someone wants to know how to prevent cats from pooping in their garden, google some natural cat-repellents and show them the site. If they need help finding a vet, locate a list for them. If they are feeding the community cats the wrong foods (like chicken wings and fishballs), explain that these can choke a cat and show them where they can buy some cat food.
2. Help your neighbourhood caregiver
Ensure that they are feeding responsibly and the cats are sterilised. If they are not, teach them how to feed responsible and emphasize the importance of cleaning up. Help get the cats sterilised by chipping in a little if the caregiver is unable to afford it. If the caregiver is unwell or out of town, offer to do the feeding round for those few nights and make friends with your community kitties.
3. Spread the word
Even small actions, such as linking to our website, rallying support for our campaigns or running little fundraisers amongst your friends will help us help the kitties.
Cat welfare is not about a select group of individuals – it’s about everyone in the community who comes across a cat. Get involved. Today.
For more information on volunteering for CWS, visit http://www.catwelfare.org/volunteer or join us on 19 Feb for our volunteer meet-up. More information below.