Residents launch petition to save cat

The petition has received over 19,000 signatures so far. The town council has said there was never any plan to remove the cat.
The petition has received over 19,000 signatures so far. The town council has said there was never any plan to remove the cat.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM CHANGE.ORG

An online petition was launched on Wednesday to rescue a cat from being removed by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.

But the town council has said that there was never any plan to remove or relocate the cat.

The petition claims to "understand that the Pasir Ris office of the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council is intending to remove our beloved community cat, Ginger, from our neighbourhood, at Pasir Ris Street 11". It has received over 19,000 signatures as of yesterday evening.

The petition, which is believed to have been started by residents in the neighbourhood, also stated that the plan to remove the cat was "supposedly due to one individual complaint claiming that Ginger had scratched his/her car just by sitting on the roof of the vehicle".

Ginger is described in the petition as "quite the community star who loved to be stroked", and as bringing joy to residents.

However, in a Facebook post at noon yesterday, Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council said in response to the petition that it never had any intention of removing or relocating the cat.

In the post, which shared a link to the petition, it said: "The Town Council would like to clarify that we have been working with Cat Welfare Society and volunteers on this feedback. We would like to reassure the public that it has never been our intention, nor have we in any way threatened to remove or relocate the cat."

In an earlier Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, which was also in response to the issue, the town council said it has been working with the Cat Welfare Society to manage the estate's cat population through sterilisation. "The sterilised cats are then released back to the community where they are looked after by a group of volunteers."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2018, with the headline 'Residents launch petition to save cat'. Print Edition | Subscribe