Newest issue of i-Pet

The first issue of i-Pet for the brand new year 2012 is out!

In this issue, we explore how people and the community translate their love for animals into action. Perhaps you have been thinking of helping animals in some ways. In this new year, why not do just that? Let this issue inspire you!

This issue is also extra special because for the first time, we had an intern, Ms Andrea Teo, put this issue of i-Pet together with us. Andrea, a final year Child Psychology & Early Childhood Education student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, has this to share about her experience in this project:

As my Final Year Project, I have been given the chance to work with the editorial team of i-Pet to produce this January's issue. One may ask how producing a publication regarding Responsible Pet Ownership is related to what I study. For my coursework, I have chosen to specialize in Writing & Publishing and hence this opportunity to learn and write articles for the newsletter was a good match.

To sum it up, I liken this opportunity to a bumper car ride. However, the 'bumps' were ones that were fruitful and positive. They made me aware of certain things and helped me learn better. I'm sure I'll be relishing this experience in years to come as it was really fun and exciting.

This whole experience has made me more aware of animals and pets in our presence. Whenever I see a community cat now, I wonder if it has been sterilised. When a dog owner passes by, I think about the bond they share. These little things remind me that we need to respect other living things too.

The theme we choose for this issue is 'Translating Love into Actions'. Many of us have interests and passion about certain things, but for some reason or another, we often do not do the things that we would like to do. In line with starting a new year, let us think about how to be part of creating a better environment for the animals we love. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of the newsletter, and look forward to the next one!

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"dragon cat"

As we gear up for the new Dragon year, we may be getting all things "dragon". However, getting a "long mao" (Chinese for dragon cat) or chinchilla should not be linked to welcoming the dragon year. In fact, your commitment will probably last past the next dragon year. A Pet is for Life! So think carefully!

We'd like to share a poster done by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and their message to everyone:

SPCA's message (also available on SPCA's Facebook page): There has been a lot of discussion out there about people planning to get a Chinchilla ( aka Dragon Cat in the Chinese Language) as a pet to usher in the new year. Please think again. These gentle and fragile creatures require specialist care and can live till about 15 years of age, long after the lunar year is over. Please do not get one unless you are prepared to care for it for the rest of its life.

Mad About Katz

Pop by the National Geographic Store Atrium (1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-19, Vivocity, Singapore 098585) this coming Saturday (14 Jan 2012) from 2.30 - 5.00 pm for MAD ABOUT KATZ!

Enjoy a showcase of creative masterpieces by little hands (all by preschoolers!), learn about cat welfare in a special story telling session and video, and try your hand at creating your own art work!

Here's a message from the organiser Ms Tan May Lin, a Year 3 student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Hello Everyone!

I am Tan May Lin, a Year 3 student from the Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education. As part of my final year project, I have collaborated with the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to plan and organise this event, "MAD ABOUT KATZ" to raise awareness of Responsible Pet Ownership and to promote family bonding between parents and their children. During the event, I would be sharing a special picture book that I have created, which aims to encourage adoption and enable children to have empathy for and understand community cats.

I would like to extend an invite all of you to this event. I hope to see you there!

Please support our event by helping to extend this invite to all your family and friends too! Thank you!

MAD ABOUT KATZ Programme:

1.00pm - 2.30pm

Screening of Preschoolers' Art Works

2.30pm - 2.45pm

Opening and Introduction about Cat Welfare Society (CWS)

2.45pm - 3.10pm

Story Telling Session

3.10pm - 3.30pm

Video Screening on Responsible Pet Ownership & Adoption

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Screening of Preschoolers' Art Works

Doodling activities for children