In conjunction with the annual Distraction Arts Festival, the Department of Student Development and Alumni Relations organised their first Cat Therapy event, Purrapy, to welcome students back on campus after term break. Studies have shown that human-animal interaction promotes relaxation and improves emotional well-being. So not only did Purrapy appeal to the cat lover in us, it was greatly beneficial to our overall health.
These furry friends were rescued off the streets, and SP students were able to gain a deeper appreciation for these community cats from their interactions with them. We were indeed all reminded of the fact that the stray cats we might come across in our neighbourhood are endearingly playful and deserving of love too! There are around 60,000 community cats in Singapore currently, and it is through public education – from avenues such as Purrapy – that the welfare of these animals is not forgotten or ignored.
The cats at Purrapy are under foster care and up for adoption, so the event doubled up as an adoption drive for suitable adopters. So if you’re an animal lover like us and missed the chance to adopt this year, do look out for more of such events in future!
Apart from Purrapy, other highlights of the Distraction Arts Festival this year included an interactive art installation created by School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) students, a marbling and terrarium workshop, and a flea market. Good times, good times.