Sunday, September 26, 2010

200. Use Facebook, blog and Flickr to help find a home for a stray cat, Singapore

Sep 26, 2010
Writing from Perth, Australia.
5.37 am Willeton

Facebook seems to be the great thing for undergraduates. They get to interact instantly and see beautiful people and pictures.

However, private individuals who are animal activists can use the facebook, blog and flickr to make a difference to the homeless cats and dogs in their neighbourhood.

Vets or vet students can use Facebook and Flickr to make a difference by helping homeless strays in Singapore.

I guess advocacy for homeless stray cats have not much appeal to most young adults with Facebook accounts. They usually have no worries about the next meal or suffer deprivations.

But they can use their bountiful energy and youthful idealism to make a difference, one stray cat at a time and learn about advocacy from the comfort of their homes.

For the baby-boomer generation of vets (old vets of my generation), it is tough for most of them as they find the technology difficult and time-consuming to learn.

Much now depends on the younger vets to be interested in finding homes for some stray cats recovered from illness. Unfortunately, younger vets may have other priorities. Still, if one of a hundred younger vets find the time to advocate for the homeless strays, it is still good. Advocacy for the homeless strays generates no revenue for the younger vets who treat some stray cats or dogs. However, try and help one or two within your time constraints. Unfortunately, good visuals are important as the young ones are also visual-biased. Do what you can.

I have started a Flickr account to help a homeless stray cat recently.

See my example at:


Success in finding homes is unpredictable. If you have a positive mindset, you will find success in many ways even if you fail to find a home for your advertised stray. For example, success in learning how to craft a message to help the homeless and to take excellent pictures over time by being hands on.

From my review of my pictures, I realise that I should have taken better compositions when the cat has had recovered from scabies treatment. I should have photographed the normal cat without the cage and show the cat in full (with legs intact and show paws free from scabies). This is what I mean by being hands on. You will learn from each case how to be a better advocate for the homeless strays next time.

In this situation, I photographed the stray cat outdoors on a bright sunny day. It must be crated just in case, it leapt away. I should photograph it indoors with lighting but I was busy. Definitely will do away with crates next time.

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