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Thursday, September 27, 2012

TNR project: Selegie

In a residential estate spanning 3 blocks off Selegie Road, there lives a colony of stray cats numbering at about 20. Many are not sterilised, and some are already pregnant. When we received the appeal for conducting Trap-Neuter-Return at this area, we therefore had to act quickly.

After a short recce, we found that one of the sub-colonies resides at one of the residential blocks.

Sub-colony at substation
Some of the strays are already neutered, but the caregivers simply do not have enough financial resources to neuter all of the cats fast enough. Reproduction is rampant.

We will be conducting the first round of trapping for sterilisation this Sunday 30 Sept at 6pm. 

It is likely at least 2 rounds will be needed, and we will be able to gauge better after this Sunday with a more in-depth reconnaissance. As of end July 2012 our Sterilisation Fund balance is at S$870.22. We may need your help if we need to conduct more than 2 rounds as we have only sufficient funds to conduct 2 rounds of sterilisation. If so, we will be publishing a fundraising appeal.

We will report the TNR project happenings here and on Twitter so do watch this space.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Latest arrival: Ebi, rescued from Ubi Techpark by @edmondchua

Ebi came to us on 22 Aug, covered in ash, with a burn wound on his hind leg. Rescued by Edmond, from Ubi Techpark, he was about 8 weeks old by estimate, and really grey in colour when he arrived. Apart from the burn wound on his leg, he also had diarrhoea from worms.

He is rehabilitated to good health now, and is ready for a new home! Here are some of his earlier photos - more will come soon by the end of this week after his Furry Photos photoshoot, we will update when they are ready!

Ebi while waiting at the vet

His leg wound, likely a burn
Getting a chin tickle!

Ebi is a really sweet natured boy kitty. When he first got to our foster home and got 'scolded' by the older kitties, he did not retaliate at all, and eventually won them over with gentleness. He likes to meow when he is hungry, is a teensy bit timid but loves affection by familiar humans, purring away when loved. And he has this adorable 'poor-thing' face that one just cannot help but give into.

He is litter trained, able to eat both wet and dry food. His leg wound has healed, and he no longer has diarrhoea. He is also vaccinated and vet-checked. At the time of this post he is estimated to ba about 12 weeks old, past the threshold where major health problems are likely to occur - which means he is healthy and ready for a new home!

If you can't adopt him, do share this post. You can also consider sponsoring his vaccination (bottom of the list, another one due this coming week).


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

burnout

We are really sorry we haven't been online much. We know we pretty much live online through our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Interacting with all of you is a joy to us. But it has been hard of late, because we are experiencing burnout.

We have read about this syndrome. Being burnt out while working in the animal rescue industry is a common, worrying phenomenon. We never expected it to happen to us, really, but it did.

It started to go downhill when Calipod passed away.

Her tumour had caused the vein that is close to it, to rupture, spurting out blood everywhere. She likely died because of the loss of blood. We could not make it to the 24hour vet in time, deteriorating badly in the cab. CPR was performed and we made it to Calipod's old home in Geylang where she took her last breath.

We miss her.

Burnout syndrome in the animal rescue industry is caused by events like these. Regardless of knowing inside you that you did your best and that death is inevitable, it still saps a bit of life of you.

Apart from Calipod's death, we also are demoralised by the lack of enquiries about adopting the rescue cats on our adoption alert. Our Adoption volunteer, Imran is busy refresshing ads on the cats for adoption but there are simply too many cats and too few adopters calling in.

Inundated instead by emails and calls about rescued cats needed help, needing a space in our foster home, where we have to say no because cats are not being adopted and making space for new ones. Add burnout to the mix, and we really are so fatigued we cannot take in newbies for now. And having to say no to rescue cats is demoralising in itself.

How do we shake ourselves out of this fatigue? The recommended strategy, time out to do something else and explore new experiences. We are trying. Give us some time.


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Blog posts to come...

Blog posts we owe you all catty folks! -
  • Report on NUS PEACE Animal Welfare Symposium event!
  • Ebi's rescue and rehabilitation; our newest arrival!
We promise you these two stories soon! (Waiting on pictures and such.)

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    
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