Frequently asked questions
What is Love Kuching Project?
Love Kuching Project is a community-based cat rescue group in Singapore that focuses on loving the cats in our lives and neighbourhoods.
What does "loving the cats in our lives and neighbourhoods" mean?
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.
How is Love Kuching Project different from other shelters, like the SPCA?
Love Kuching Project is a limited admission shelter that operates only on a triage basis, while other, bigger shelters like the SPCA are open-admission shelters that take in nearly every animal that is brought to them.
Space and manpower constraints mean that Love Kuching Project volunteers can only concentrate on rehabilitating a fixed number of injured and critically-ill community cats and ensuring a good quality of life for resident cats that may need palliative care.
Unfortunately, we do not have the space or resources to foster or rehome healthy community cats or cats with existing homes.
How can I visit Love Kuching Project?
Visitors who wish to come to the cattery can only drop by via prior appointment (to visit a cat up for adoption, or to bring a cat into the shelter) or a volunteer commitment (like a Play/Clean session or a meeting with another volunteer). Our volunteers will let you know where to meet before we bring you up.
How do cats end up at Love Kuching Project?
All the cats at the cattery came from the streets or the community. Our volunteers take in sick or injured community cats that can benefit from focused clinical care and cage rest and nurse them back to health.
This means anything from getting them the surgeries they need, to seeing to their daily medication, physiotherapy and wound care, as well as acupuncture or alternative medical therapies nerve problems.
Unless they require lifelong medical care, community cats are neutered and then released to their neighbourhood. If rescuers believe that the cat was found in a cat-unfriendly location, we will offer our advice and work with rescuers in either putting them up for adoption, or advising on a more suitable location near their place of rescue.
Cats that need lifelong care would remain at the cattery and are kept as comfortable and healthy as possible; we may also choose to divert some kitties that need rehabilitation and socialisation to our Foster Network.
Who manages Love Kuching Project?
Love Kuching Project is run by a community of volunteers, led by a committee of volunteer team managers and key donors.
Our day-to-day work is done by volunteers with portfolio, who assist with team-specific roles in one or more of eight teams:
- Foster Care
- FLOAT (Facilities Management, Legal, Operations, Accounts, Tech)
- Human Resources
We are registered with the Registry of Societies (UEN T13SS0220G).
How is Love Kuching Project funded?
Love Kuching Project is funded by you, the public. Our donors give as much as they can to pay for the cats’ medical costs, treatment and boarding costs.
If you are interested in donating to us, find out how here.
How big is Love Kuching Project's cattery?
We can’t reveal the exact size or capacity of the cattery, except the fact that it is small. While we would like to help as many cats as we can, our size limits the degree in which we can help, which is why we are a limited admission shelter that is focused on rehabilitation and palliative care.
Our size also affects the number of people we can admit or items we can store at any one time, and so we cannot accept large groups of volunteers or large amounts of food. We’re really, immensely grateful with how people have offered their support, but when we are over capacity, we will have to turn down your requests or donations.
Our volunteers will inform you of alternative groups that will need help or the resources if we cannot accept them.
What kind of volunteering opportunities does Love Kuching Project offer?
We offer opportunities to become a volunteer with portfolio alongside ad-hoc volunteering with our Play/Clean program.
Volunteers with portfolio help with team-specific roles that will require you to either work remotely on a regular basis, or come to the cattery on a regular basis. This includes our regular Foster Care volunteers, as well as more remotely-based positions like Marketing volunteers, Rescue volunteer coordinators and administrative roles like Account volunteers.
Ad-hoc volunteering opportunities are one-off volunteering sessions where you can come to our cattery and help with cleaning! You can also help socialise the kittens afterward. Community Involvement Programme or Values-in-Action student volunteers also join in these one-off volunteering sessions.
What does Love Kuching Project look out for in a volunteer?
We are interested in people who are:
- Open to learning new things
- Seeking personal growth and meaning through volunteering
- Works well in teams
- Cares about humans, too – not just cats
- Able to commit to task and job requirements (per the job role you are applying for)
That’s about it! Apart from technical and professional skills, what we really care about in volunteers can be really distilled to attitude and availability. We can teach you everything that we know.
What kind of training or qualifications do I need to volunteer?
Not much! While skill sets will be helpful for volunteers with portfolio who fill team-specific roles (like videographers in Marketing, accountants and administrative assistants in FLOAT and vet nurses in Foster Care), we offer basic training, resources and guides to people who do not have relevant qualifications.
Your skills and occupation does not necessarily determine what you can do for us, too – we have journalists who help out as Rescue coordinators, and engineers and illustrators who work as Foster Care volunteers.
Do note that some teams like Foster Care and Rescue will require you to attend on-the-job training sessions (regardless of existing skill sets), and you will need to be available for them.
Who should I reach out to if I want to volunteer?
You can visit our volunteer page here to look at open volunteering positions, and reach out to the various team managers in charge of the team!
For Play/Clean sessions, you can visit our Play/Clean page and fill up the Play/Clean form to get an available ad-hoc volunteering slot.
If you are a student and wish to join us as part of a self-initiated Values-in-Action programme or Community Involvement Programme, visit our CIP page here.
How do I make a donation to Love Kuching Project?
You can make a donation via PayNow, bank transfer or through SimplyGiving.
To donate via PayNow, simply send the money to our UEN number T13SS0220G.
For bank transfers, you can make a transfer to our DBS Current account 027-907655-0.
You can make a SimplyGiving donation via your credit or debit card by clicking the link here.
Find out how to make a donation from overseas or a standing instruction to our account here.
Besides cash donations, what other items or resources does Love Kuching Project need?
Our most urgent and constant need is wet food, which you can purchase for us through Polypet, our partner, at reduced rates. Click here to go to their store and make a donation.
How do I sponsor a cat at Love Kuching Project?
We have a Adopt-A-Cage program that allows you to sponsor a cat throughout its stay at Love Kuching Project! You can read more about it here.
I want to donate an item. How can I do this?
Reach out to our volunteers to ask about how we can receive your donations!
Do understand that as our cattery is small, we may not be able to accept your item as we may have no place to keep them. Please include photos and a description of the items that you’d like to give!
For items that are directly needed at Foster Care, like food, medical supplies or litter, you can email email@example.com.
For items that may be used by other teams like Outreach or Rescue, such as pet carriers, litter boxes, cat toys, or even portable fans, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll let you know of other places you can donate these items to if we cannot accept them due to space constraints.
Who should I contact to report a sick, injured or abandoned cat?
Unlike other bigger animal welfare groups, we do not operate a 24-hour rescue service. Instead, our Rescue team members advise rescuers on the ground on what to do and provide directions to resources.
On-the-ground rescuers – i.e. you – are our only hope. We rely on people like you to give the cat the help that it needs; you have already located the cat and are there to help the cat or locate people who can help the cat, which we cannot do because of our size and manpower.
You can find out more about the help we can administer to you and your cat, and how to submit a Rescue request here.
What information would I need to provide to the Rescue team when I make a request?
On the rescue request form, let us know, succinctly, the following:
- What medical issue(s) is the cat facing?
- Are you able to bring it to the vet?
- If you have brought it to the vet, what sort of medical care does the cat need?
- If you cannot afford to bring the cat to the vet, can you foster the cat?
We also ask for details such as the cat’s location, so we can advise you to go to a vet (or 24-hour vet) near you, or provide links to neighbourhood community support groups.
Please include a photo of the cat, as it would allow us to have a better understanding of the medical issues the cat is facing.
What forms of support can Love Kuching Project provide to rescuers?
If you cannot afford to bring the cat to the vet, we can subsidise a vet visit through the Emergency Rescue Fund. You’ll however have to bring the cat to our approved vets (both of which have branches in the east and west of Singapore).
Read more about the Emergency Rescue Fund here.
What happens after the cat has recovered?
If the cat does not live in an area that has been assessed as dangerous, or does not suffer from a condition that requires it to be indoors, we will ask for your help in releasing the cat back where it was originally found.
If the cat is deemed to have a condition that requires it to be indoors (like an allergy or fracture), we will work with you to put the cat up for adoption or seek a long-term fosterer for you. If the location where the cat was found is deemed to be cat-unfriendly, we can also advise you on adoption, or work with you to find a more suitable location for the cat.
What if the cat cannot be treated or cured? Do you put cats to sleep?
In addition to being a limited-admissions shelter, we are also a no-kill shelter.
This means that our policy is to only euthanise a cat if it is no longer able to return to a point where it can conduct basic functions (eating, drinking, or eliminating) without experiencing pain.
Many illnesses and injuries are treatable, but treatment will require resources. If we need funding, we may ask rescuers for help in fundraising; but we are not an organisation that gives up halfway.
If your cat no longer meets quality of life standards and is suffering unbearably, we will consult the vet and you for a decision. You can read more about quality of life standards here.
I can no longer look after my cat. Can I bring it to Love Kuching Project?
No, absolutely not. This is because we are a limited-admission shelter and do not have space for your cat. Your cat can only count on you for your support. There are community cats that will need our limited space and resources more than yours.
If you can no longer take care of your cat because of space constraints or other reasons, you should consider boarding your cat. There are also ways for you to bring your cat along if you intend to emigrate to another country.
Please do not abandon your cats. It is illegal, and we almost always advise our rescuers to make a police report if they are positive that a cat has been abandoned.
Can Love Kuching Project help to rehome my cat?
No, we cannot. This is because we have to focus on our own cats – when they are adopted out, we will have the space to help other cats and other rescuers.
Other channels exist with better reach, like the Public Adoption Bulletin Board at the Cat Welfare Society.
Are all the cats at Love Kuching Project up for adoption?
No, only the kittens on our Pawsome Bulletin Board are up for adoption.
For the most part, we return adult community cats back to their neighbourhood to free up space for new cases! Sometimes, however, we may have to put adult community cats up for adoption, and we will create a special adoption appeal for them.
If you’re especially taken to one of the adult cats, you can speak with our Foster Care Manager to see if they are suitable as indoor cats! Submit your Adopters’ Questionnaire to make an appointment with our Foster Care manager.
I would like to adopt a cat from Love Kuching Project. What should I do?
Then, head to our How To Adopt page to find out more about our adoption processes, requirements, and terms. After reading through, make an adoption request by filling out the Adoption Questionnaire.
We’ll then invite you to the cattery to interact with the kitties so you can choose one to give a forever home to.
I have another pet at home. Will this affect my chances of adopting a cat from Love Kuching Project?
Not really! But you will have to ensure that your household and your current pet is ready for the kitten or cat you wish to adopt from us.
If you have an existing small animal (hamster, rabbit or guinea pig), it is possible for your small pet to coexist with our kittens. However, adult cats that have been out in the community will have a stronger hunting instinct and would not be suitable for pet owners who already own an existing small animal.
Dogs and cats can coexist together as well, as long as you make the necessary preparations. The same also applies if you already have a cat at home – you’ll need to make the necessary prep to integrate them into your household.
What happens if I can no longer look after a cat I've adopted from Love Kuching Project?
This would be an immensely unfortunate turn of events. To us, a pet is for life, and it is important that you, our adopter, understand this. We try to preempt any problems that you may face through the adoption process, by asking you about preparations if you move overseas, and asking the cat’s primary caregiver to be present when we sign the adoption papers.
If you encounter difficulties in looking after the cat that you’ve adopted, please do reach out to our Foster Care Manager, who will coach you through these issues. If you are unable to resolve these issues, we will need your help to try to rehome the cat on your own.
Returning the pet back to Love Kuching Project should be a last resort. We can only facilitate a return to the shelter when you have no other option.
What is cat therapy?
Cat therapy – specifically, animal-assisted activity – is the use of suitable cats to assist and help people improve their quality of physical and emotional wellbeing.
Activities usually done during cat therapy include play, petting, bonding with other volunteers over the cats, and grooming.
Who benefits from cat therapy sessions organised by Love Kuching Project?
Our Outreach team helps seniors in nursing homes as well as children and young adults with special needs.
Seniors are encouraged to pick a toy and play with the cats or groom them to aid in mobility; they may also talk about their previous experiences owning a cat, which aids in socialisation and provides an additional source of emotional support.
People with special needs gain social skills during their interaction with cats and volunteers, and cat therapy can be used to decrease stress and enhance their general wellbeing.
How can I be a part of the Outreach team?
You can join the team as an Outreach volunteer if you are available during weekdays or weekends.
You can also join us as an ad-hoc volunteer, with or without your cat, for therapy sessions that fit your schedule.
Find out more about what Outreach volunteers do by clicking here.
How do I know if my cat is a therapy cat?
There is no special breed of cat selected as a therapy cat, though we do look out for certain criteria before your cat can be a therapy cat. Your cat should be:
- Vaccinated and neutered, with the relevant paperwork to prove vaccinations
- Relaxed in the presence of strangers and others
- Comfortable on a leash and harness
If you think your cat can be a therapy cat, make an application here!
Not sure if your cat is a therapy cat? Email email@example.com to find out more.
I'm from a voluntary welfare organisation. How can I contact Love Kuching Project?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell us more about the following:
- information about your organisation
- who would receive therapy in your organisation
- the available times we can drop by for cat therapy
- who we should contact for more information