Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tedious - SPCA Sterilisation Program

The current SPCA sterilization regulation is not user friendly.
It only allows for 1 cat per appointment or per voucher.
For appointment, we have to call on the 1st day of the month.
The appointment is normally scheduled the following month.
For voucher, we have to go down to SPCA personally to register
for balloting held once a month. There is also no guarantee
of one getting a voucher.
It is a tedious process full of inefficiencies and loop holes: 
1) A litter of kittens normally consist of 3 to 4 kitties.
If there are more than 1 male, the other male could get the
female(s) in the litter pregnant while we are trying to get 
the 1st male sterilised.

2) Since there is no guarantee we could get a voucher through
balloting and the nearest appointment date via phone booking
is at least one month away, the chances of more unwanted
pregnancy happening is very high.

3) It is very demoralising for us that we have not even get
the 1st litter sterilise and more litters are on the way.
It looks like a never ending struggle to get the strays
population under control.
4) Be it by appointment booking or voucher, we have to make
a trip down to SPCA. In future when SPCA moves to those far
flung site, it is very difficult for those of us who depend
on public transport to support this cause. Bringing in a
cat involves taxi fare. Taxi is expensive nowadays.
For example, a litter of 4 kittens - it will take 8 taxi
trips to get them all sterilised.

Beside it is very time consuming for us caregiver to bring
one cat at a time. It is also environmentally not friendly
to involve so many vehicle trips.
5) We have to make so many trips down to SPCA just to try
to get non-guarantee vouchers to sterilse a litter of kittens. 

The current process is so tedious and it does not motivate
one to continue helping to sterilise strays.

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