Here are the interview questions we asked Ms. Ujwala on Monday, 16 May:
- What are the daily routines of the animals?
For Dogs: They wash the animals then take them for walks and afterwards they are fed. Every Thursday they are washed with chemicals. The dogs are fed once a day and the puppies are fed twice; the bigger dogs are also fed twice
For Cats: They clean themselves and are fed once a day. Their food is left from the morning and can be used for the rest of the day.
- How do you rate yourself compared to other adoption centres?
Ms. Ujwala advised us to visit other centres as she would prefer not to make a judgement on there own shelter
- How do you treat the animals?
We treat the animals with care.
- What is the average amount of animals you host per year?
We host approximately 300 animals per month.
- What is the average amount of animals people adopt per year?
Approximately 1000 animals are adopted per year .
- What happens to the animals if they don't get adopted within an amount of time?
They keep them until they are adopted or fostered
- In such a safe place like Singapore, what do you think is the main reason of people harming animals?
Because people think the animals are cute when they are young but as they age, people think they get uglier.
As we toured the SPCA centre we saw that they had two surgery rooms, a clinic as well as a quarantine zone where the animals are treated before they are taken to the adoption area. The centre runs a 24-hour hotline for the rescue of domestic animals. A number of kennels had plaques attached to the door to acknowledge the sponsorship of the kennel by members of the public.
In conclusion we had a great visit to the SPCA. It was a very informative trip and I am very glad that we went there. It was an incredible experience to collect all the valuable information from Ms. Ujwala, as we prepare for the upcoming exhibition. It seems that when animals get treated badly by people they become more aggressive towards people. This becomes a bigger problem as it makes it more difficult for carers at the shelters to deal with the overly-aggressive animals.