The Cat Welfare Society (CWS) held a very different adoption drive for a change -- one without the cats there on display.
Why? Mainly because caging a cat for a whole day is highly stressful for the poor thing. I can vouch for that myself. My right cheek suffered at the claws of Bombay when he refused to be caged for a second day at the Ngee Ann City adoption drive last year.
So at yesterday's adoption drive at the Singapore Expo, we put up posters advertising the cats instead. This meant that our volunteers manning the adoption booth (Angeline, Alexandra, Vivienne and Candice) had to work extra hard to talk up each cat because... it is true... not having the actual cats there simply isn't as powerful.
Here is the display we had put up. It was a very simple one
The pictures of the cats, though few and not professionally taken, were powerful enough to attract many eyeballs. Here are just some of the cuties advertised on our board...
Dude the cheeky kitty filled with naughty thoughts
Handsome Ginjee with the most striking eyes
Demure Jackie melted many hearts
Ruby the supermodel kitty
Sara stole countless hearts
Smokee the street cat with a most trusting nature
It was good to see that so many people flocked to the adoption board to study the cats on it. There was a good enough number interested in the cats, even though it can't quite compare to previous drives when the actual cats were present to instantly melt hearts.
So many lovely cats to read up on
Which to choose? Which to choose?
Tabbies, Calicos, Gingers,Tuxedoes... we are spoilt for choice
She's my first choice, he's my next
Dewormed, vaccinated, spayed, litterbox-trained... so many things to consider
A little girl takes her time reading the adoption board...
... Then loses no time in choosing her favourite cat
While CWS did not have actual cats on display, there were some cats present for a separate adoption drive just next to us.
Here are some of the cats that were up for adoption at their end...
A very sweet-looking and shy ginger kitten got adopted quite quickly
What a darling face!
Eyes that beg for attention
So attention it got
Affection it received
An absolute cutie this one is
A very smart-looking, gentlemanly cat
Who's that shy kitty peeking from the side?
Another shy one hiding behind the litterbox
A gorgeous long-haired white cat
Feeling a little camera-shy
Oh how shaggy its white coat is!
Watching the humans intently
These two stayed in this position all day, staring each other down
A handome tabby poses for me
Giving the camera a sexy broody look
This kitten was attempting a Spider-Man stunt on the side of his cage
A playful ginger with large marble eyes
Swiping at my camera strap
Sniffing at my camera strap
Biting my abused camera strap
Hey, this kitty has a goatee!
A shy ginger who didn't want to be photographed
Still watching the humans intently
Two kittens show just how very close they are
Both are tucked tightly into a tiny litterbox
But they seem to be very comfy
They stayed in that position for a long long time
Until both fell fast asleep
And to outdo those two, here's an amazing Three-in-One feat
There were lots of other interesting cats at the Singapore Expo. Here's one VERY fat cat. He was soooo fat... everyone who walked passed him asked his owner for permission to carry him so that they could feel his hefty weight for themselves.
All relaxed in the arms of a complete stranger
This gray beauty is one of the many contestants in the Cat Championship Show.
What an icy beauty
While this particular cat, I am sure, was not allowed to join in the Championship Show... it was a huge hit with the children.
A brown tabby so large, we all thought it was a bear
One of the funniest sights I saw that Sunday had to be this Siamese cat.
It didn't look happy to be dressed up
What is this outfit supposed to be? I really don't know
I hope to hear the good news soon that some of the cats on our adoption board have been successfully adopted out. I now have a better idea of how we can do up a more attractive board for the next drive.
Thank you for all the good work done, Angeline, Alexandra, Vivienne and Candice. Here's to even more successful adoption drives together!