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Friday, April 23, 2010

when time has 'run out'

As some shelters would say, 'time has run out' for some of our Ubi Kuching Project rescues. Adoption rate is bafflingly slow this month, unlike our crazy one-cat-per-day adoption rates for the last two months. As we wait out the length of time it takes to re-home a rescued kitten, some of our kittens are growing bigger, needing more and more boarding space than we can provide. Eventually, we will need to think of contingencies for their fates, as we do not send any animals to vets to euthanise to solve this kind of problem.

Our main boarding area, as you know, is Angels Pet Shop, where the pens are now fully occupied, cared for by one person that is Aswat. Our secondary boarding space is my own home, where I am the caregiver. Being the only two caregivers for our rescues, our time, space and energy is limited and we can only manage to care for as long as our resources will hold out.

While we may love cats of all ages, adopters don't. Cruel fact of the market is that adopters don't like older kittens. Even those whom are nursed to health and socialised by us. Those of us who like them form the minority niche market.

So, the cats get older, and it is getting exponentially harder for us each day to re-home them.

This week, we are facing the problem with our previously young kittens who are now all about 10-12 weeks old already, kittens like Misty, Coffee, Macy, Totty and Layla (see right sidebar on their stories). In times like these, we start our problem-solving routine by working from the best-case solution to the last resort plans. Last resorts include sending the cats to SPCA, or releasing them into urban wildlife as strays which we manage. When all options are exhausted, we turn to the last resorts. In our short history, we have used both options before, when we simply can no longer provide the animals with boarding resources.

There are only so many homes available for kittens. Older ones don't stand a chance. Please help control the cat population in Singapore by getting involved in sterilisation work. Wildlife needs conservation, for some species, because they are endangered, for others, because the ecological system is imbalanced due to human interference. Cats are a mainstay of our urban wildlife in Singapore. we have to wake up and realise that. Plant a tree, sterilise a cat - one and the same in doing your part for the environment.



3 comments:

  1. Have you tried posting on CWS adoption board? :( This is such sad news....

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  2. I belong to the minority in that I love adult cats. Kittens are too boisterous for me. Adult temperaments tend to be settled, so you know what you get.

    My ex and I adopted a 1.5 yr old cat from the SPCA. Both of us love her to death. She's now with my ex, still very much loved by him and his housemates. She's very aloof (she does not like to be carried) but my ex has a talent for taking funny pictures and videos of her. So I still get to laugh at her antics.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4275911222_f6bedc1acd_o.jpg

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/4526246794_e9657e8995_o.jpg

    Isn't she a cutie!!! She's now close to 5 years old.

    I would still want to adopt an adult cat. I really hope more adopters out there will realise how fun it is to have an adult cat.

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  3. Shilka, yes Andy posts all the Ubi Kuching cats on CWS. I post on all other online portals, even the obscure ones, we are there.

    Eve+line, I agree with you. I adopted my first cat when she was already an adult. She is the one that made me want to adopt more. We took Scooter in at 4 weeks old cos we wanted the kitten experience and we won't be adopting again for quite some time now to space the ages apart better. Having fostered both adults and kittens, both have their charm, and while adults have their quirks, kittens have their inevitable stress-causing situations.

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