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Volunteering with the Cat Welfare Society

October 2012 │ Singapore

A group of Deutschbankers took time off from their busy schedules to volunteer with the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) for its second Spay Day on October 19 as part of the charity’s ongoing programme to help manage the community cat (a.k.a strays) population in Singapore.

The initiative saw 15 employees from Deutsche Bank starting their day at 7.00am in collaboration with CWS volunteers at two locations in Ang Mo Kio and Bedok to receive community cats brought in by their caregivers.

The logistics of coordinating a large number of cats to undergo sterilisation on the same day at various veterinary clinics across the island was a huge challenge.  The volunteers helped to register the details of the cats and caregivers, ensuring that the animal carriers had proper identification, identifying which cats were to be transported to which clinic by which driver and making sure the appointed drivers received and returned the correct cats.  Several Deutsche volunteers who had vehicles offered round trip transportation to the clinics.

By the end of the day at 7.00pm, over 210 community cats had been successfully sterilised.  The cost of the sterilisations was covered fully by CWS from public donations.  Ivan-CH Sim (Finance) said: “Thanks for organising this event.  It was really fun and fulfilling, learning about Cat Welfare Society and how they help these cats in Singapore.  I hope the bank will organise more of such events in future.”

In July 1999, a newspaper in Singapore published a report about five kittens being burned alive in a box. Outraged by this and other senseless acts of cruelty towards innocent animals, a few friends got together and decided to help other harmless stray cats and kittens that live amongst us.  This was how the Cat Welfare Society began.

The CWS operates neither an office nor animal facility and is run entirely by volunteers using funds raised from public donations.  It aims to promote a humane, responsible and informed society in Singapore where cats are cared for responsibly as pets and treated with kindness as community cats.  The CWS also actively promotes sterilisation as a vital personal responsibility of a cat owner and an effective means to control our community cat population, instead of destruction.

he CWS was officially approved as a charity in Singapore on 28 June 2004. To learn more about CWS’ work, go to:


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