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Islandwide plan to sterilise stray cats

National programme returns after more than a decade and is lauded

Published on Jul 7, 2014 8:07 AM
 
Volunteers who take strays from HDB estates to selected veterinary clinics do not have to pay to get them sterilised and micro-chipped. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

A national effort to reduce the number of stray cats by sterilising them humanely is now in place again islandwide after more than a decade.

The stray cat sterilisation programme was quietly extended across Singapore in May.

Under it, volunteers who take strays from HDB estates to selected veterinary clinics will not have to pay a cent to get them sterilised and micro-chipped. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) funds half of the costs, while the Cat Welfare Society funds the rest. It typically costs between $30 and $60 to neuter a cat and another $20 to microchip it.

A similar programme ran from 1998 to 2003 before it was deemed ineffective and scrapped by the AVA, in favour of removing the then 80,000-strong stray cat population from the streets altogether for public hygiene reasons.

 
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I'm happy that the AVA saw it fit to re-introduce this initiative. It would have been good if it had sustained (the previous programme) - imagine what the stray cat population would be now.

- SPCA executive director Corinne Fong

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