Just sharing this on our reality of animal rescue in Singapore due to the amount of red tape we faced :
- The very friendly #cat
had been stranded on the nearly 4storey high structure. - A security guard informed a neighbour friend that he could not do anything then as only the management office can make a decision.
- I was informed by another that the management had known about this on the first day and had apparently contacted some animal welfare org. The manager had confessed to me once that s/he does not like animals. The cat was still up there on the second night.
- SPCA can only act if the office contacts them, not individuals.
- So I made a call to #ACRES
and was informed that
> ACRES only does rescue of wild animals, not stray cats which are considered domestic (surprise!)
> the management must grant permission for rescue work within private premises
> the height related rescue can only be carried out by certified personnel and any welfare groups can face a hefty fine from MOM otherwise
> I could try the SCDF. A NSman SCDF personnel tried his contacts to no avail. I called up the General Enquires number on the website which only operates during office hours. It was about 10pm. The other ambulance iconic 995 is for emergencies only (so much for all the heartwarming animal rescue by firefighters videos on social media?) After seeing 2 PRC neighbours dangle a loose string over the structure from their unit, I went back to grab the all purpose #ikea
bag and my dog leashes to create a basket like contraption. The first with my uncanny cat calls did lure the cat to interact with the basket. The flat owner volunteered an expensive clam as bait. This time the cat climbed into the bag and I hauled it almost one level up to the balcony.
Despite the red tape faced, I am thankful to have made some new friends with my PRC neighbours. The wild inspiration and risks we took was so worth saving a life.
If anyone knows a legit legal approach that is actually helpful, please fell free to comment. Thanks!