Firstly, we are not a cat cafe with tea and coffee, but we do have lots of cats!
NUS CatCafe is a non-profit volunteer student organization dedicated to caring for stray cats on the NUS campus. In May 2009, a proposal [link] submitted to NUS’ Office of Estate Development was approved and has been adopted. With the support of the Office of Campus Security, we have successfully managed cats in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Business and School of Design and Environment.
NUS CatCafe aims to provide a humane and effective method of controlling the cat population on campus via the Trap-Neuter-Return-and-Manage (TNRM) program. This program involves identifying cat clusters on campus, trapping the cats for neutering, and then returning them to their territories where their well-being will be monitored. They will subsequently be fed regularly and responsibly by volunteers in our feeding roster.
Through this program, we hope to provide population control and continuing care to the stray cats in NUS, thus ensuring a stable and healthy cat population on campus.
Through sterilization, responsible feeding and proper cat management:
(i) the stray cat population on campus will reduce and stabilize in the long term;
(ii) complaints of food litter left behind by irresponsible feeders will be reduced as we encourage responsible feeding and registering all cat feeders under our network;
(iii) cats will not enter canteens, residential areas and refuse collection areas in search of food;
(iv) constant care and monitoring of the cats’ health will prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The TNRM program is internationally recognized as a model for the care and management of stray cats. It has been instituted across universities in the United States, as well as locally, at Nanyang Technological University’s Cat Management Network, with much success. Implementation of this program and its diligent upkeep will result in a healthy cat population that is not reproducing and is steadily declining through natural attrition (death of aged cats) and adoption into homes.
Presently, we would like to recruit volunteers for the following activities:
To be regular cat feeders, and to trap and sterilize campus cats
To monitor cats in school for any signs of illness or injuries
To help us identify cat clusters in school
To educate the public on responsible feeding
If you would like to assist us in any of the above tasks, please get in touch with us. Once NUS CatCafe establishes a system of cat management and a network of volunteers, more volunteer opportunities in education, fostering, publicity and fundraising will be made available.
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Project Director, NUS CAT CAFE
NUS PEACE (People Ending Animal Cruelty and Exploitation)
Contact: +65 91151650