Firstly, we are not a cat café with tea and coffee, but we do have lots of cats!
NUS CatCafé is a non-profit volunteer student organization dedicated to caring for community cats on the NUS campus. In May 2009, a proposal 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, School of Design and Environment and University Town.
NUS CatCafé 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:
The stray cat population on campus will reduce and stabilize in the long term;
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;
Cats will not enter canteens, residential areas and refuse collection areas in search of food;
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. It is also practised by local authorities such as the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). 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.
Besides engaging in TNRM and looking after the well-being of our campus cats, we also organise events such as Cat Walk and Feline Therapy Programme to educate the student body population about community cats and responsible feeding.
Presently, we would like to recruit volunteers for the following activities:
To be regular cat feeders
To help organise events
To help in content production and managing our social media sites
To help in trapping new campus cats for sterilisation and bringing the cats to our vet, Gentle Oak Veterinary Clinic when necessary
To find out more about volunteering opportunities with us, click here.