Stray or community animals, usually cats and dogs, are those living within our environment, whether in the urban areas, or outskirts of Singapore. For many of them, they know no other existence but the streets and housing estates. While concerned individuals may feel that living on the streets is not safe or desirable, this is where many of our community animals are happiest – being free to roam, but having a food source and caregivers nearby. Many cats, for example, have dedicated caregivers in our public and private housing estates.
Occasionally, the SPCA receives calls from the public to pick up strays in their neighbourhood. Given our limited resources, our priority is the rescue of injured and abandoned animals. The SPCA does not round up healthy stray dogs and cats and believes that sterilisation is the most effect and humane way of keeping the stray population in check and ultimately, reducing the population, whilst allowing the cats (or dogs) to live out their lives. Removing these animals from the neighbourhood on the other hand, will only encourage others to move in to fill the vacuum. More on our sterilisation programme, can be read here http://www.spca.org.sg/services_sterilisation.asp
You can recognise a sterilised cat as it is ear-tipped. As a member of the public, you can help the SPCA save more lives by looking after an animal which is resident in your neighbourhood – through feeding (responsibly), arranging for its sterilisation (which is free at SPCA, if you are living in a HDB estate) and ensuring that it is in good health.
*Please do not attempt any procedures of this kind at home.