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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Adopt Braveheart

Braveheart the kitty has a special rescue story, and that helped us coin his name.

 Photos courtesy of Kevin Lee, Cake Images LLP
Oh, he is Braveheart also because he has a cute heart-shaped nose!

Handsome white with tabby
This boy came to us last week via a seasoned kitty rescuer in the industry. Braveheart previously had a human, but his human was irresponsible and negligent, and Braveheart fell ill. The human even cut his whiskers. To further his suffering, the human didn't want to spend money on vet fees, so Braveheart landed in the hands of his rescuer who paid for his veterinary treatment for his diarrhoea.

Now he is healthy, and we already began housetraining him. He is really mischievous sometimes, climbing atop parts of the house which are no-cats-allowed zones, such as grilles, table and counter tops. But when disciplined, he responds very well and does not break the same house rule twice. Naughty but teachable!

When he is not playing he adores human affection. If you don't want to hug him, he will look for you to meow or climb on top of your lap anyway. And purr.

Getting a hug from human Elaine
No hug? "Me want hug. Now. Purrrr."
Braveheart is 14 weeks old as of the time of this post. He is white with ticked tabby markings, with a long tail. He is litter trained, deflea-ed, free of sickness, vaccinated (first booster), able to eat both dry and wet food and drink water on his own. He enjoys the company of other cats and playing with them. And he loves to talk to humans when he wants something, like food.

If you would like to adopt Braveheart, see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here to find out our adoption procedure.

If you can't adopt, do click on the share buttons below this post to spread the word on his need for a forever family!

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Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme  
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Next TNR project - again made possible by @dukeorange!

We will be heading to two areas near each other to help sterilise the cats in these colonies: Old Airport Road and Haig Road. Both areas have high human traffic and so we are not publicising the exact blocks or locations the cats can be found due to culling risk.

Both areas have caregivers that have sterilised the cat populations, but recently suffered because of suspected dumping of unsterilised cats. Now the caregivers cannot cope doing TNR on their own.

In the Old Airport Road vicinity's colony, there are 5 newly dumped unsterilised cats. In the Haig Road vicinity's colony, there are 3.



We will be conducting the trapping on 29 March Thursday evening 9pm.

Duke fans aka Dukakis - thank you for giving and making this possible!


Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme  
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Update on small Lenny

Lenny is now 23 weeks old, and is still down with flu' which he had developed since he was 4 weeks old. This is why he is still not available for adoption. While his flu' symptoms have alleviated through both oral and topical medications, supplements, and alternative remedies, the flu' viruses don't seem to go away. Between us and our vet we have tried 2 kinds of antibiotics, various lengths of courses, but nothing has really worked. We are currently controlling his symptoms with eye drops and nose drops. As you can see in the photo below Lenny still has watery eyes and nose that is just a bit too runny.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Lee, Cake Images LLP
Recurring teary eyes

This week, we brought Lenny for his first vaccination. Usually, sick kittens are not vaccinated until they are healthy, but because Lenny has on and off flu' all this while, our vet's advice was to get him vaccinated nonetheless.

Lenny is also going to start next week on a new antibiotic, azrithomycin, since he didn't respond as well to the previous types of antibiotics.

Regardless, Lenny is a really affectionate and talkative kitten. He eats a lot and drinks water well. He enjoys playtime very much and really loves humans a lot. He is undersized for his age, growth probably stunted by all the sickies, but that doesn't daunt him at all when he wants food or cuddles!

Lenny loves kisses, a LOT
Paws crossed that his new medication works! In the meantime, we are still boosting his diet with supplements to boost his own immune system.


Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme  
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Help Coco and Popsie

Popsie: "We be needing your helps!"

Two newborn kittens. Left abandoned in Choa Chu Kang and made into orphans. Fell very sick. Now need help. 

The story of Coco and Popsie came from an appeal sent to Cat Welfare Society's Special Appeals posted on 20 March 2012. Their total vet bills added up to $668.27. As of today, the amount outstanding is at $643.27.

Coco and Popsie had to stay hospitalised for a rather long time, put on the drip. They had skin infections, cat flu' that was quite severe as ulcers had been formed inside their mouth, making them lose interest in food. They would not have survived if their rescuer not brought them to the vet.

Coco with flu'ey eyes

Now both kittens have been discharged and currently cared for by a fosterer. The intention is to get them adopted once they have fully recovered.

We need your help.


How you can help:

If you can assist, kindly send a donation to CWS' account:

Bank: DBS Current Account
Account number: 065 - 013507 - 8
Bank Code: 7171
Branch Code: 065

This should be accompanied by an email to specialappeals@catwelfare.org to inform of the transfer, headed with the title of the appeal as the subject header of the email, and indicating:

Name of donor:
Amount donated:
Transacting bank:
Transaction number:
Date and time of internet/ATM transfer:

All verified donations will be acknowledged by email. Once the required appeal amount is reached, the appeal will be closed.

Funds received will be routed to reimburse the human who had paid for their veterinary care.

Please note that any additional amounts or untraceable amounts collected will go to Cat Welfare Society's sterilisation fund.

Also important: Do not make any financial contributions to Coco and Popsie into our Love Kuching account. 

"Please help the humans caring for us! Thank you!"

If you are unable to give, do click on any of the share buttons below. Every little bit counts!



Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme    
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hope for Animals and Paws Inc flea market on 24 March - supporting our cause!


Do drop by the flea market and enjoy shopping for a great cause! Proceeds will be split 50-50 with Save Our Street Dogs so your purchases will not only help Love Kuching cats, but also street dogs that need it! Spread the word!

Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme    
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Message on behalf of Echo: "It be my birthday soon...

... I be turning 1 human year old!
The humans want to celebrate for me when I become adult cat. For I is now kitten. When become older cat, is special. I am already special, say the humans. But celebrate birthday for become adult cat is also special. So I is very very special kitty!

=^_^=
Humans also tell me very many times that I need to leave this foster home and go to forever home. I have no forever home to go to yet, so Auntie Elaine says I must make many humans know about me so they be adopt me and I can has my very own humans to rub and purr and knead on everyday.

So for my birthday we is be have online party. For online party can spread far to many humans and more will know how much I love humans and want a real home. This way also humans who cannot come and see me to give me my favourite Angel Salmon Treats can never mind see me online through video and tweets-picktures.

I will be tweeting on @luvkuching using hashtag #echochats and Auntie Elaine is will stream video of me doing things like sleeping which you can see also on the twitter. This will happen next weekend. Because actually neither the humans (nor I myself even though is very clever) know when exactly is my birthday, so they choose weekend.

(Thinking of my birthday)


If you is want to visit me, you must first contact Auntie Elaine through SMS or Whatsapp at 90880675. Because she be need to tell Uncle Andy to clean the foster home before you come.  Most weekday nights after 8pm and weekends after 1pm is be okay. You may also appear on the video!

Presents? Me wants to have humans to rub, knead and purr on, and take me home forever. So is want you to share to many friends who are also humans about me, because I am special.

But in meanwhile, we share everything in this house, so can give food, everycat can eat. We be like the expensive canned food actually but is be expensive so we not always have. Foods like Addiction Turkey, Addiction Duck, Wellness CORE Chicken. We likes. We also likes the Taste of the Wild, can also be the fish flavour one. But if you not want to give expensive foods is okay because eat the normal ones also can.

If you want to give human money to Love Kuching Project also ok. It is will go to our Veterinary Fund, because I be very sick when was young and sick kittens be need medicine which is very yucky but important. Medicine for us foster kitties is buy with Veterinary Fund. Also when we see our nice doctor, human Dr Dawn.

Thank you for reading my message!"




To share, click the buttons below to share through your preferred medium. To give food, you can buy through The Water Dish by emailing enquiries@thewaterdish.com.sg or call Maxine 9685 3929 and they can deliver to us. If you would like to come over personally to meet and play with Echo and her foster siblings, as Echo has said, contact us at 90880675 to fix a time and which day next weekend. If you would like to give to our Veterinary Fund, make a deposit to POSB savings 188-52652-7 and contact Elaine @ 90880675 / elaine@lovekuchingproject.org to specify that your gift is for the Veterinary Fund.

Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme    
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bailey - new home!

Survivor kitten, Bailey, now named Shadow, has a new family!

Bailey with new family! (Human sister not in photo)
Before she went to her new home, her human mommy Loretta already bought all this stuff for her!

All ready for Shadow

Went to this corner to purr when first went new home
Now she is all assimilated and well! Thank you Loretta and family for adopting Bailey aka Shadow!

I HAZ NEW HOME NOW!



Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    
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Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Tally up! Geylang TNR for the year

At the start of 2012, our Sterilisation Fund had an opening balance of $647.20. Which we used to conduct Geylang food district TNR round 1!
Total cost for round 1 including transport and boarding

Vet receipt mentioned above
Then we received some gifts from cat-angels and we could conduct round 2!
Total cost of round 2


Vet receipt mentioned in receipt above

Duke Orange's calendar brought in the next wave of funds for the cats of Geylang! We conducted round 3, 4 and 5!

Round 3 total cost

Vet receipt mentioned above

Transport and boarding cost for rounds 4 and 5
Total funds raised by Duke from sale of his calendar in January and February is $981.00! Thank you Dukakis! There is leftover funds, which will remain in our Sterilisation Fund for TNR of other colonies of stray cats in need of help. Stay tuned for our next TNR project!

Errata: The Duke calendar sales funds raised figure should read $1,308.00 and not $981.00. We apologise for the discrepancy.

NB: The lorong numbers of the Geylang cats' receipts are blurred out because there is a high complaint thus culling risk in this area.


Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7    
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme  
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Geylang food district rounds 4 and 5 - report and good news!

First off, we would like to thank @CatWelfareSG for these last two rounds of TNR in Geylang's food district! Here is the reason why:


Project 500 gave Love Kuching 10 slots for sterilising Geylang's street cats! Though it was past the deadline of January, Fareena, President of Cat Welfare, managed to help us help the strays of Geylang's food district, and the last 10 cats (2 rounds of trapping) was sponsored by Cat Welfare! We are so grateful!

Dukakis who contributed to our Sterilisation Fund through your purchase of Duke calendars, we will be using your gifts to sterilise stray cats in other neighbourhood estates instead! For this last leg of Geylang TNR we only used the Sterilisation Fund to pay for trapping, transport and boarding of the cats. We are now in the midst of recceing a few other sites that are in dire need of sterilisation help. Keep your eyes peeled for tweets and blog posts on our next TNR project - sponsored by you!

So, here is what happened during our TNR final rounds at Geylang.

We went back to a previous site from last year, Lor 37.

Sterilised 8 cats here last year
We arrived to trap a remaining 3 cats.

Cat transport van
 We managed to trap this gangster tom cat! We couldn't get a visual on him the last time we came here.
Gangster cat!
Our Sterilisation Volunteer Liyin trying to coax him
Another cat wasn't so keen on being out in the open.

Hiding under a  van
Luring cat out with food laden trapped while we stood back
Well, we did meet one friendly cat that could be placed in a carrier by hand.

Friendly kitty
After that, we went back to the food district, and trapped a number of other cats across the lorongs.

We went to a new back alley between two lorongs.
About 4 cats in this back alley
They camp around the back doors
Another 4 more cats around this side of the alley
The back alley is quite dangerous for cats because there are druggies hanging out here and the cats are at risk of poisoning from leftover drugs in the drains.

Cats and druggies' hangout
One cat was quite friendly and could be trapped by hand.

Preparing to 'grab' the cat by hand into carrier
Others were elusive. This cat hid throughout our time there and escaped the trap when he heard a noise.

iHide
iHide 2
"Food? Sure or not. Hate humans."
"Hmph, more food?!"
"LEAVING! I HEARD A NOISE!"
So, this was a failed trapping attempt for this boy, and we didn't see him again after this, not even after staking out his hiding location.

Black and white cat went into drain
We also met a pretty tricoloured cat but we couldn't neuter her because she recently gave birth in some building we couldn't access. Spay/neuter clinics don't have the protocol in place for neutering lactating cats as it is a more complicated procedure.

Mommy cat
"Wassup?"  Had to distract her away from traps
It was trickier trapping near the coffeeshops, lots of onlookers who were puzzled as to what we were doing, or tried to distract the cats from the traps. But we managed to crowd control so we could get to the kitties.

One of the coffeeshop cats trapped

After this site, we went back to the previous lorongs to trap the remnant cats we missed.

Recognise this alley?
More trapping more trapping!
We also went back to get the mother cat at the gambling den. We had managed to touch base with the feeder there when he caught sight of us trapping! He gave us feedback that the mother cat there might already have become pregnant. Which means she has stopped lactating and we can get her neutered.

Back at our first Geylang food district TNR site
The mommy cat
Gaining her trust with some food
Successfully trapped
Here is an overview of the Project 500 cats trapped, neutered and released!


Thank you Dukakis for sponsoring the trapping of these cats and Cat Welfare Society for the neutering operations! 
 

Give financially to our cause by depositing to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7
Sponsor a foster kitten's vaccination through our Sponsor-A-LoveKuching-Cat Scheme    
Give food and litter at charity rates through our corporate sponsor The Water Dish 

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