Singapore feline museum to close on Jun 10; more than 20 cats up for adoption
SINGAPORE: Three years after opening, Singapore’s only cat museum will shut its doors for good on Jun 10.
With the lease on its properties expiring in five months, the top priority is to discover homes for two dozen cats and kittycats, creator Jessica Seet stated in a media release on Thursday (Jan 25).
The feline museum currently runs from the second flooring of a pre-war shophouse in Purvis Street. It vacated the third and 4th floorings in September last year, after Seet got involved in a conflict with the authorities over making use of its upper floorings for the museum’& rsquo; s feline shelter and adoption centre. The proprietor has actually since decided not to restore Seet’& rsquo; s lease at the shophouse altogether.Without a place
to house the felines in sight, the previous Gold 90.5 FM radio deejay will need to close the museum’s doors.MORE THAN 20 FELINES UP FOR ADOPTION Visitors to The Lion CityCat -The Cat Museum, Muses & Estate come and engage with its resident cats -named after the likes of George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Benedict Cumberbatch -while finding out more about them. There’s likewise an adoption centre for prospective animal owners to satisfy with saved felines.< source data-srcset="/ image/9883762/16x9
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670px,(min-width: 768px )calc(100vw -50px), calc( 100vw-30px )”> Volunteers taking time out to play with the felines at the adoption centre.( Picture: Christy Yip)When Channel NewsAsia visited the cat museum on Jan 16, three volunteers were busy with day-to-day chores, such as cleaning the various litter boxes, grooming and feeding the felines. Seet likewise had her hands full, nursing a grey newborn kitten with a milk bottle. & ldquo; It is exceptionally sad that it needs to close,” & rdquo; stated Kim, an Australian expatriate who has actually been a volunteer for over a year. “& ldquo; However I always believe that when one door closes, another door opens. Ideally, something will happen and they’& rsquo; ll find a new area so the work can continue.”
“& rdquo; & ldquo; The worry is what will happen if they wear’& rsquo; t discover a new home, & rdquo; stated 43-year-old Tina, another volunteer.Seet stated that the resident cats would head home with her and a couple of volunteers at the end of June.However, the remainder of the felines will need to find new homes.
The museum put out an adoption contact its social networks pages earlier this month however up until now, just one kittycat has been taken home. With the June due date looming, the urgency has actually embeded in to find permanent houses for the remaining 24 felines and kitties.
Four-month-old Snowman belonged to a litter of 3 kitties that was rescued during the joyful period last December. They were discovered in the Little India area by a regular feline feeder, who rapidly understood that the litter were all down with cat influenza. As soon as nursed back to health, Snowman and his brother or sisters – Santa and Little Elf – were taken to the museum.And there is
Sid, a spirited grey-and-white tabby that was found as a kitty with his 3 brother or sisters in Bishan. Rescuers observed a set of young boys playing roughly with 2 kittens, and discovered 2 more in a cardboard box close by. All 4 kittycats were all covered with ants.
While Sid’s siblings – Diego, Manny and Scrat – have actually because been adopted, the one-year-old is still searching for a home.
While the business winds down over the next few months, Seet has her focus set on the next chapter of the feline museum.
“& ldquo; This is something that we truly hope we can continue. This location has actually become a lot more than practically the felines, because we have a lot of fantastic volunteers from all strolls of life & hellip; coming out in force to run this place,” & rdquo; the 51-year-old stated.
She admitted that the September occurrence had actually left her “& ldquo; exhausted & rdquo; and she considered providing up.But speaking with Singaporeans and volunteers offered her the support and fix that it was a project worth defending.
; said Seet. She stated that the property manager would not be returning their S$ 21,000 rental deposit, citing “unreasonable repair work”.
Seet is hoping that the museum’& rsquo; s next home would still be in the Civic District, pointing out the area’s accessibility for visitors and potential adopters. If the fundraising achieves success, she wishes to reboot the business at the end of the year.
“& ldquo; This time we will work extremely carefully with MND (Ministry of National Development),” & rdquo; stated Seet. She added that, while scouting for a new location, she would also examine the appropriate licenses required, in a bid to avoid disputes with the authorities in the future.In the meantime
, Seet said she draws motivation from singer Jason Mraz’s I Will not Provide Up. “Whenever we sing it, all of us start sobbing!”