If you’ve been on Facebook yesterday or today, you might have seen someone posting about an online petition to rescue a cat from being removed by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.

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” in Pasir Ris Street 11.

It has received more than 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’s 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” which loved to be stroked and as a creature that brought joy to the residents.


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Playing dead or snoozing?? ?

A post shared by Ginger (@gingerthecatsg) on

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Before the online petition was launched, the Pasir Ris residents had started an offline petition, which was closed and submitted to the Town Council four days ago, according to a post on an Instagram account that was started to raise awareness about the stray cat’s plight.


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But in a Facebook post at noon yesterday, the 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, 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.”

Image: Gingerthecatsg’s Instagram
Text: Derek Wong / The New Paper / September 2018

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