Our story

Our story

Groundup: Love Kuching Project

For the love of cats and much more! 🐱 Beyond caring for sick and injured cats in the community, Love Kuching Project spreads love, care and warmth by bringing feline therapy to the elderly and differently-abled members of society! ❤ #CityofGood

Posted by National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre - NVPC on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Love Kuching Project is a community-based cat rescue group located in Singapore. Established in 2009, we rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured community cats and promote the love of cats as companion animals through cat therapy.

What does Love Kuching Project stand for?

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Love Kuching Project stands for loving the cats in our lives and neighbourhoods.

We love the cats in our lives by promoting cats as companion animals through outreach programmes. These include feline-assisted therapy for those in need, as well as adoption opportunities for the kittens and cats we have rescued and rehabilitated.

We love the cats in our neighbourhoods through serving and rescuing community cats in need, and empowering individuals and communities to be the first line of rescue for sick and injured cats.

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We rehabilitate community cats in need through providing intensive foster care for sick and injured cats, as well as young orphaned kittens and kittens in need at our shelter.

We conduct outreach programmes that promote the love for cats through feline therapy for humans in need, and events that promote adoption, cat ownership and cat care.

Our story

Love Kuching Project was founded in 2009 as Ubi Kuching Project, when a stray mother cat came up to the home of Elaine Chiam and Andy Koh, our founders.

We partnered with neighbourhood cat lovers and volunteer fosterers to get rescued pets put up for adoption, and a local pet supply store, Angels Pet Shop, helped us with boarding space for rehabilitating some of our rescues.

The major problem back then was unsterilised cats, as Elaine tells the Straits Times

“Cats would roam the neighbourhoods unneutered, staking their territories with fights and urine, and there would also be kittens and chronically ill or elderly cats abandoned by their owners… There were always new cats and the vicious circle would keep repeating itself.”

Elaine and Andy eventually renamed Ubi Kuching Project to Love Kuching Project in 2010, when we extended our community activism beyond the 50 or so HDB blocks that make up the Ubi neighbourhood.

We were formally registered as a society on 26th December 2014.

Now in our tenth year, Love Kuching Project is working to continue its mission to rehabilitate community cats in its shelter and promoting the love of cats through cat therapy. Step by step, we hope to realise our vision of a community that loves the cats in our lives and neighbourhooods.

Our story

Love Kuching Project was founded in 2009 as Ubi Kuching Project, when a stray mother cat came up to the home of Elaine Chiam and Andy Koh, our founders.

We partnered with neighbourhood cat lovers and volunteer fosterers to get rescued pets put up for adoption, and a local pet supply store, Angels Pet Shop, helped us with boarding space for rehabilitating some of our rescues.

The major problem back then was unsterilised cats, as Elaine tells the Straits Times

“Cats would roam the neighbourhoods unneutered, staking their territories with fights and urine, and there would also be kittens and chronically ill or elderly cats abandoned by their owners… There were always new cats and the vicious circle would keep repeating itself.”

Elaine and Andy eventually renamed Ubi Kuching Project to Love Kuching Project in 2010, when we extended our community activism beyond the 50 or so HDB blocks that make up the Ubi neighbourhood.

We were formally registered as a society on 26th December 2014.

Now in our tenth year, Love Kuching Project is working to continue its mission to rehabilitate community cats in its shelter and promoting the love of cats through cat therapy. Step by step, we hope to realise our vision of a community that loves the cats in our lives and neighbourhooods.

Our purpose

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Holistic care

Holistic clinical care for sick or injured community cats

Love Kuching Project provides care for cats that do not need hospitalisation, but cannot be cared for on the streets. Cats are rehabilitated until they are well and released back to their original territories.

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Palliative care

Palliative care for elderly community cats

Love Kuching Project provides palliative care for cats that have incurable conditions. As a no-kill shelter, we care for these cats until they pass away on their own, or are suffering and are unable to meet quality of life standards on their own.

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Cat therapy

Cat therapy

Love Kuching Project provides feline-assisted therapy specially designed for Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) around Singapore, to share the love of cats to humans that need it most.

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Caring for orphaned kittens

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Caring for orphaned and abandoned kittens

Love Kuching Project provides care for orphaned and abandoned kittens, as well as kittens that have a neutered mother, until they can be independent

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Adoption of cats and kittens

Adoption of cats and kittens

Love Kuching Project puts kittens and suitable cats up for adoption when they are healthy and independent. Through social media and real-life events, we publicise kitten adoption and screen adopters according to our criteria.

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Promoting responsible cat ownership

Promoting responsible cat ownership and quality cat care

Love Kuching Project educates and promotes cat adoption, presenting cat care and the love for cats as something that is warm, fun and positive.

Our history

April 18, 2009

Elaine Chiam and Andy Koh find their first rescue, a mother with three kittens

May 3, 2009

Our blog is launched

October 13, 2009

The New Paper first reports about Ubi Kuching Project

May 29, 2010

Ubi Kuching Project changes name to Love Kuching Project

June 1, 2010

Helga becomes Love Kuching Project's first palliative care case

December 23, 2013

Love Kuching Project starts its first cat therapy session

February 6, 2014

Emergency Rescue Fund launched

December 26, 2014

Love Kuching Project becomes a registered society

March 25, 2015

Love Kuching Project moves into its current location in Joo Chiat

May - July 2017

Love Kuching Project is nominated and shortlisted for the President's Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA)