Our cats have been all over the news ever since the numerous murder incidents happened in Yishun. Well anyway that is not the exact case where organisations or the people start to do something related to our dear animals.
In 2015, the Cat Welfare Society has handled more than 2,500 cat-related community cases, of which over 60% were referred by Town Councils and government agencies. It’s humane approach to resolving issues through education, mediation and sterilisation has seen overwhelming demand from agencies and the public.
This year, the Cat Welfare Society continues to fight for its survival and aims to raise $800,000 to fulfill its mission. It aims to continue to meet this demand because the alternative, without the Society’s intervention, is often the activation of pest control or the loaning of the free AVA traps.The Society will place more emphasis on education and outreach in 2016. I do agree that this movement will definitely go beyond creating awareness and understandings of our animals’ well-being. Indeed this is also for the new generations to step up and participate actively for the cause.
“People seek our help because they don’t want to resort to culling but have no means to carry out a humane approach. Either they are impeded by corporate red tape on resource allocation, or they are individuals who simply do not have the means. Animal welfare is only just gaining a foothold in Singapore and our Society needs the support of the public to fully fulfill its goals of community transformation at grassroots and cultural level,” says Thenuga Vijakumar, President of the Cat Welfare Society.
To help it meet its goals, Scotts 27, a prestigious private and luxury dining restaurant on Scotts Road, is hosting a charity dinner titled “Society of Cats” on 30 January 2016 in benefit of the Cat Welfare Society. It is the first for the restaurant and for the Society. The event aims to raise $20,000 for the welfare of cats.
Here are some of the Q&A:
1) How did this first ever cat charity dinner actualised?
We have to thank Edith for mooting this idea and providing us with a fantastic venue for the dinner.
2) What are the other vendors to look out for in this event?
In the Purrzaar in the afternoon of the same day, we have a suite of high quality cat-themed craft vendors and artists who will be displaying their wares (creative cat crafts, art, photos & fashion accessories) for sale including SlothStudio, Goood Pet Collars, Alfie De Meow, MyItchyfingers andCafewithoutcoffee Official. This is open for the public from 2.00 – 7.00pm.
There will be a silent auction and the highlight would be a painting donated by The Art Porters called Mona Lisa with her cat at Sazai hall – Temple of Five Hundred Rakan (2014). Launched into the public eye in 2014, the artist is best known for working with her cat Zarathustra to produce “famous paintings improved by cats”. Valued at SGD 3,200, the painting is donated by Art Porters to the “Society of Cats” silent auction. Conducted on 30 Jan from the start of the Purrzaar at 2.00pm, the silent auction will end at 10.00pm, bids will start at SGD 2,800 with full proceeds to the Cat Welfare Society. Online bids from the public can also be sent in at societyofcats30jan2016@gma
We are also selling the “Society of Cats” book. The book was officially launched on 19 December 2015 and marks the Society’s fresh commitment to making an impact in the area of education and outreach. The book is also available in major bookstores around the country and the Society aims to present the book to schools as part of its leadership through kindness programme by April 2016.
3) What are some of the projects which this fund goes into?
The proceeds from this event will go towards our sterilisation and education projects to continue to push for humane handling of cat-related issues that does not include wanton destruction.
4) Will there be any other future projects?
In terms of fundraising, we aim to hold a large scale outdoor cat-themed park event sometime this year to raise awareness about treatment of cats and animal welfare.
“For a young IPC organisation working with animals to meet a $800,000 goal is a big challenge. We are grateful for the support of businesses like Scotts 27 who can help us raise so much awareness by virtue of their brand name and talents. But we also need individual donors to drop in your 10s and 50s to make it truly possible for us to continue to create change for animals in Singapore,” says Ms Vijakumar.
Programme on 30 January at Scotts 27
2.00pm The always popular Cats Of The World Purrzaar & Slient Option begins
2.30pm “Society of Cats” celebrity cat makes an appearance.
6.00pm Online silent auction bids for Svetlana Petrov’s Mona Lisa with her cat closes.
6.45pm Arrival of Minister K Shanmugam Sc
7.00pm Addresses by Minister and President of the Cat Welfare Society
7.15pm Dinner commences
10.00pm Dinner and silent auction ends with announcement of successful bidder.
Saturday 30 January 2016 7.00pm (Saturday)
27 Scotts Road Singapore 228222
Dress code: Feline glamour
Tickets: SGD400 per person for a full course dinner with wine.
Reserve your tickets today with Scotts 27 or at societyofcats30jan2016@gma
and send Scotts 27 cheque payment to SAINT JULIEN PTE LTD at 27 Scotts Road Singapore 228222.