In Singapore, there is a volunteer group called MettaCats founded by a lady called Siew Ying. Metta means loving kindness and in this case, MettaCats reach out and care for sick, abused and abandon animals; mainly cats but some dogs as well.
Over the years, MettaCats have saved many abused and abandoned animals. These animals were brought to MettaCats or discovered by the public and often in very bad conditions and sometimes barely surviving.
The case of Sophie
Take for example Sophie. Someone had pierced a pencil into the eye of a cat and MettaCats was alerted. When they rushed to the scene, the pencil was still in the cat’s eye but the attacker had already fled.
MettaCats took this cat they named Sophie to the vet and underwent surgery. Sophie had to be hospitalized and eventually recovered but now blind in one eye. MettaCats took her back to the shelter and gave her a home and lots of loving kindness.
Felix, the injured cat
Every opportunity is pursued to bring a cat back to health. Felix the cat was a member of the public who noticed a cat dragging his hind legs that were covered with ants. MettaCats was contacted and Felix was sent to the vet. It was discovered that Felix has a distended bladder and no movement and sensation on his hind legs. These were signs of paraplegia due to spinal injury.
Felix's condition improved after being admitted to a vet clinic for intensive care. He is starting to regain some control of his hind limbs and bowel/bladder control. Acupuncture is added to his treatment to speed up his recovery.
The story of Omi
A heart warming example is the story of Omi. A pedestrian heard the cries of a cat. When they removed the drain covers, they found a small weak kitten crying for help. Around this kitten were skeletal remains of his siblings.
Omi was sent to MettaCats and with lots of loving tender care, Omi has now grown into a happy kitten and made lots of new friends with the other kittens. A photographer has even done photo shoots of Omi and with his good friend Adam.
MettaCats hopes to find loving homes for the cats but there are cats that are not adopted. For such animals, MettaCats look after them till the end of their lives.
As you can imagine by now, it takes a lot of courage and determination, both physically and emotionally, to manage Mettacats. Siew Ying and her volunteers are driven by the belief in compassion and love for all beings and have translated that thought into action. They are not paid but have to pay for the animal’s food, medicine and medical services.
MettaCat’s efforts meant that every abused or abandoned animal that they reach out to get another chance to survive and to recover in a loving, caring and safe environment.
How you can help
Chinatownology is celebrating Vesak 2010 by printing MettaCats note books. The net proceeds will be giving to MettaCats to help pay their expenses.
MettaCats website: http://www.mettacats.org
MettaCats Facebook: MettaCats
Mr. Dan Yeo
White Room Studio
2F, 219 River Valley Road, Singapore 238277
Tel: 6235 7037