Funds raised for July 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Donate to Love Kuching Project DBS Current Account 027-905975-3

This Donate post dated 19 July 2014 is about our new DBS current account 027-905975-3 which overrides our previous Donate posts to our POSB savings account 188-52652-7.

Love Kuching Project Corporate Account

FAQs about our new corporate account

Can I still donate to the old POSB savings account 188-52652-7? 
Yes you can, as we will not be closing this account for now during this transition period. We will still be able to access both accounts for LKP needs. However, we prefer that you donate to our new account as it is our corporate account and therefore gives you even better financial accountability for your gift.

I have a standing instruction on a monthly basis to the old POSB savings account 188-52652-7. What do I need to do now that LKP has a new account?
Currently if you have a monthly standing instruction to our POSB account it would either be for our Boarding Fund (by default) or our ER Fund. We would like you to switch your standing instruction to our new DBS corporate account 027-905975-3. (Yes, we know it's very troublesome, and we apologise for that!) You should indicate in your standing instruction details whether you are a Boarding Fund or an ER Fund donor. We are not placing a time limit on when you should switch as we will not be closing our POSB savings account yet, to minimise the inconvenience we are causing our monthly-giving cat angels. We do not want any of you to stop giving because of this hassle. Since both accounts will be active until further notice, you also do not need to worry that your funds are going nowhere, they will still be used for the cats.

Is LKP paying more bank charges for this new corporate account?
Yes, we are, for the sake of better corporate governance and financial accountability for all our donors. You can download the PDF of DBS's pricing guide for the bank charges here. Summarily, we need to maintain minimum average daily balance of $8,000, failing which the fall-below fee is $25 monthly. We need to ensure we have enough balance to cover this monthly fall-below fee, not only to make sure we don't go into overdraft, and that the bank doesn't close our account but also to maintain our credit rating. There is an annual account service fee of $40 as well. More details are in the pricing guide. This will increase our operation costs (comes out of Operations Fund), but we feel it is worth it for our cat angels' sake, and it will also improve our fundraising efforts because of the increased financial accountability that comes with a corporate bank account.

Are there more modes of donating to LKP now with this new corporate account?
Yes, you can now make cheque donations payable to "Love Kuching Project" and drop it in any POSB or DBS cheque deposit box. Our POSB savings account 188-52652-7 is actually a private joint account and therefore we did not encourage cheque donations in case any donor accidentally deposited the cheques into personal bank accounts. All other modes of donating as before: via ATM, CDM, internet and mobile banking remain the same.

How will we know when the old POSB savings account 188-52652-7 has been closed?
We will announce it on our blog in a post as well as on our social media platforms.


Any other questions? Do feel free to email us should you have any, at elaine@lovekuchingproject.org.

By the way, we don't say this enough: THANK YOU cat angels for giving to Love Kuching Project since we started our humble POSB bank account circa 2009!



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Melee the stray from Jurong West, the boy cat with a serious wound that caused infection [FULL STORY]

Michelle from Cat Welfare Society contacted us about Melee, a cat that had a wound so bad it caused bone infection in his elbow. He needed fostering at a shelter as he is on medication and isn't fully mobile yet. He also has an xray showing fluid around his lungs.

The blur part in chest is fluid
So he arrived in our foster home on the first week of July.

Melee in his cat suite
He was already put on a long course of 2 antibiotics, Clavulox and Clindamycin, as well as wound care for his elbow with gentamicin cream.

We brought him to our vet for further understanding of his infection as Michelle could not afford all the tests needed to conclusively diagnose Melee (that's where you cat angels make a difference for sick strays!) and we also wanted to know what supplements we could put him on.

It turns out the fluids in his chest cavity are not in his lungs, but merely outside, most possibly because the bite wound pierced his chest area. This means he will not have respiratory problems, nor is he likely to have diseases such as FIP.

We were advised to give him supplements good for bacterial infections, as this is what his wound is about, an infection. This means a combination of milk thistle, dandelion root, echinechea and burdock root. We are also putting him on anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin, colloidal silver, and ashwagandha.

He is very comfortable in his pen now, often seen rolling about and interested when the kittens have their play time with the volunteers.

Lying on his injured side like there's no pain
He loves food! *pose with bowl*
And how did he get injured in the first place? He was bitten by his brother during a fight, before they were neutered. Likely abandoned before that or born on the street by abandoned mother cat. They are now sterilised of course. Neutering is one way to prevent cat injuries due to cat fights over mating territories, which is why trap-neuter-return TNR is so important.

Will update on the sickies on social media, so do follow us there!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Heffy from Haig Road [The Full Story]

During the first week of July, we had three new arrivals. This is the story of the first one, Heffy. 

Heffy is a stray female black and white cat from the Haig Road area, under the care of a few stray cat caregivers who feed the colony and sterilise the cats. Heffy was seen to be avoiding food and not eating, and was very feral. When cats get more aggressive or fearful than they usually are, it often indicates the cat is sick or injured. The caregivers asked us for help and we said we could take Heffy in and to the vet to get her diagnosed and cared for at our foster space. They hired a professional trapper to trap and transport Heffy to our place one night.

The stance of fear

We tried to coax Heffy to eat, to no avail. We tried to inspect her teeth but she clenched her jaw very tightly and from what was visible, there was no inflammation of gums, a common problem that causes cats to stop eating if there are no other symptoms. We gave Heffy a painkiller injection and some subcutaneous fluids and she started eating, so we knew it was pain-related.

After we brought her to the vet, and with more help, the vet was able to see that Heffy -did- have gum inflammation but it was all in her molar area. Her teeth were clean and were not decaying, so tooth extraction as a long term solution was also not feasible.

Because we want Heffy to sooner than later return to the streets where she feels more at home, we opted to give her an intralesional steroid injection, meaning a steroid injection directly into her molars. A more expensive process but we hoped for quicker recovery so as to benefit Heffy's emotional welfare.

After that, we gave her a shower, and she finally looked a tad less angry.

No more flattened ears
(stance of aggression)
We then put her on supplements that will help her depend less on steroids over the long term. It was a long shot as supplements take some patience if we want to reduce dependence on medication. She is now on a cocktail of supplements including curcumin, ashwagandha, colloidal silver, homeopathic and essential oil painkillers. Because she is on steroids she is also on milk thistle to protect her liver, as are all the cats on steroids here.

However, the intralesional steroidal jab didn't last as long as we hoped. Heffy's pain is back and she is not eating, so we will give her a regular jab of the same steroid, Depredil, and fluids since she didn't eat her food last night.

Poor dehydrated and salivating Heffy

We still hope eventually we can get Heffy less reliant on medication. Cats like Harry (who in general has very low immunity too) started out having serious gum disease like Heffy but now needs a very low dose of steroid after being on supplements. Mac too, is performing much better and needs steroidal jabs far less often now than before, even though he has FeLV -and- FIV! Supplements work.

But perhaps she will have to stay here longer than before. Well, we diffused Harmony essential oil blend (donated by cat angel Jasper) for her to feel more like she fit in with the rest of the cats, as it is recommended by vets to help integrate new cats. (Possibly might be useful for some of you out there too - see here on how to purchase.)

She is hissy again today but hopefully will be her usual (still shy but not aggressive) self soon.





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Sunday, July 13, 2014

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Love Kuching Project and The Water Dish are ending our formal corporate sponsorship with effect from today. We will no longer be their adopted charity and our corporate logos will reflect our brand as ‘Love Kuching Project’ instead of ‘Love Kuching Project by The Water Dish’. 

This is due to the fact that The Water Dish is moving away from the retail market and into distributorship and pet community development. Hence, we will no longer receive donations from The Water Dish as they progress in their business development. Adopters will also no longer get their own adopters' discount code to use in The Water Dish store.

They will also no longer be offering discounted bundled rates for donors to donate food and litter to Love Kuching Project online. We have lined up another pet supplier, Pawfection, who is able to fulfil this gap. You can start donating right away.
 
The Water Dish will however still keep the #pawcircle fund going, as this is in line with their new business development into the animal welfare and pet community. All #pawcircle fund donations via The Water Dish link above go towards our Veterinary Fund.

We will be going through a small rebranding to reflect our new status quo. We will also definitely continue to partner with The Water Dish for selected projects in the future.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adopt: Kevyn, rescued from road in Yishun after mother killed in road accident

"I waited for my mom for a few nights..."
Kevyn, rescued by Vernice from Yishun, was found on the road one night, and she picked him up because it was a dangerous spot for him to be at. The nearby senior citizens told her Kevyn's mother had been killed in a road accident a few nights before.

Vernice didn't know what to do, and hoped one of her friends would adopt him, but her contacts fell through, and her dog kept attacking Kevyn when she brought him home to foster. She ended up having to separate the two, Kevyn barely eating, the dog very frustrated. It was then that she brought the kitten to us, since the situation was untenable. He arrived at our foster home on 4 June, at the age of about close to 6 weeks, but with the body of a 4 week old kitten.

He ate to his heart's content, at first even fighting with his new foster sibling Lex over the food. But they eventually became firm friends who could eat together, and he became a cuddle bug who would purr with affection.

He is a white and black cat who always has this stunned expression:

"Huh?!"
Now 9 weeks old, he finally put on some weight and got vaccinated and vet checked. He used to be small enough to eat like a ruffian, inserting his entire body into the food bowl to eat. He is now a civilised gentleman.

Nice pose!

Another stately pose

 Of course, like any high-strung kitten, he loves to play.

BALL!

FEATHERS!

We also dutifully socialised him with others in the foster home, first off, the Socialisation IC, Scotty:

"Hi..."

Older foster sister Kieran also for adoption
Wanna adopt Kevyn? Find out how by looking at the right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.

Spread the word!


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Memoir For Whiskas

Whiskas, an Ang Mo Kio cat, arrived at Love Kuching on 13 June and passed away on 25 June. We didn't have time to write a post about him before he left us, so here is a memoir for him.

He was emaciated and has skin problems and fur loss. We brought him to the vet. It turns out he was having the flu', but a serious one, because he was FeLV positive. There was blood in his mucus and wheezing in his respiratory tract. His skin problem was an opportunistic bacterial infection due to his FeLV.

Our vet almost never says euthanasia at the start. But for Whiskas she was certain it would be much sooner than later. Nonetheless, we gave him last-ditch treatment: an antibiotics shot, fluids.

We bathed Whiskas with antibacterial shampoo often during his stay here, and he felt so much better after each bath, feeling clean. He even purred after one session of bathing. We gave him a humidifier to help him clear his nasal tract. We added antibiotics for flu' into his food, and he actually ate! He ate happily every day. He especially enjoyed Taste of the Wild dry food and canned food with gravy. He would meow if he was hungry.

This was the status quo, and then suddenly, one day after eating happily and meowing at us, he suddenly collapsed and couldnt breathe. His lungs had fluid, we injected a diuretic, gave him CPR. Eventually his lungs cleared a little, and he started to not need to breathe with an open mouth (open mouth breathing in a cat is a very serious symptom), and his heart rate also came up to a more normal level. But it was still too late, we lost him. He died with his mouth closed, at least, not gasping for air at the last moment. That was our respite.

Thank you Whiskas for being happy while you were here with us. At least we know that you enjoyed your last days.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our Emergency Response Fund #ERfund



Our Emergency Rescue Fund or ER Fund was created to help caregivers, rescuers who have no money to pay for veterinary bills, but come across a sick or injured cat that needs help.

Background of the ER Fund:
At present in Singapore's cat rescue circle, the only possible ways for rescuers to foot the bill at vet clinics, is to pay first, and then raise funds later, be it through independent means online, or through Cat Welfare Society's Special Appeals.

But what happens if you cannot pay first -at all- to begin with?

Here is where our ER Fund comes in.

Through the generous support of our donors, we have funds already there for a financially incapable cat rescuer who contacts us. This way, these rescuers need not go into huge debts, owe the vet clinics money, or skip essential veterinary procedures because of the costs. The cat will then receive the care it needs at the clinic from the very beginning.


How the ER Fund works:

This infographic lays out how the ER Fund works and how, if you are financial unable to rescue a stray, can apply for the ER Fund.

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To prevent any misuse of the funds, we have placed a few terms and conditions required to apply for the ER Fund:

Love Kuching Project Emergency Response Fund Terms and Conditions
 
1.    Love Kuching Project reserves the right to terminate a relationship with a rescuer.
2.    All veterinary consultations have to be made at The Animal Clinic Telok Kurau, 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, #01-63 Bright Centre, Singapore 425500, during operating hours [Monday to Friday (9:30am to 12:00pm, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, 6:00pm to 8:30pm), Saturday (9:00am to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 5:00pm), Sunday (Closed)]. 
3.    No off hour consultations are allowed.
4.    When the Love Kuching Project Emergency Rescue Fund is at or below $500, cases will be triaged (i.e. when immediate intervention will make a life/death difference to the cat rescued).
5.    The ER Fund can only be applied once per cat. Subsequent visits to the vet for the same cat will not be funded by the ER Fund except when the cat is reviewed for the same condition for the second time. 
6.    Love Kuching Project reserves the right to terminate funding for a cat's subsequent visits to the vet for the same condition.
7.    Each rescuer who utilises the ER Fund or the Foster Network must register as a rescuer under our database.
8.    All cats must have a foster caregiver before we can initiate the rescue process.
9.    A Love Kuching Project representative must be present during the cat’s veterinary consultation.
10.  A Love Kuching Project representative must be present when Love Kuching Project administers the Emergency Rescue Fund
11.  Love Kuching Project will be the sole decision maker allowing or declining any veterinary procedure, under advisement of the vets at The Animal Clinic.

Contact person for ER Fund application: 
Elaine (email) elaine@lovekuchingproject.org / (SMS/call) 90880675.


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New Corporate Bank Account Coming Soon! Why Do We Need One? Find Out Here:

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If all goes well with ROS and DBS, we will be opening our corporate Love Kuching Project bank account this Saturday.

We need a corporate account for better financial governance, to further assure cat-angels that donations are even better controlled.

While we already are aboveboard with our accounts, we want to be even more financially compliant, and a corporate account will tighten this compliance and help with our fundraising.

As of now, our cash in bank is $3,556.45. Minimum sum opening deposit is $3,000. We are delaying as many ongoing expenses we can to make sure the old account POSB savings 188-52652-7 does not zeroise and close because this current sum of $3,556.45 is cutting it very close.

We will announce our new corporate account details when it's done, and the current one will remain as there are many standing instruction donations into the POSB account. We will manage both accounts until all monthly donors are able to switch to the new account with the new details, which we will announce on our blog.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Our answer to this morning's triage question! Triage, triage, and triage again, always.

Early this morning we posted this question and asked all of you to answer:



This is a question of triage, and triage principles apply to all of our rescue-related work at LKP. We promised we will share our answer, so here it is.

The cat with the bite wound will not die if it is not tended to immediately. The cat that fell from a height and has blood in the nose, is likely to have internal injuries, and will most likely die even if you help it. (Hence remember your window safety!) The cat with the breathing problem is the first one we will attend to immediately. After oxygen mask is placed, the lungs and heart should be listened to via stethoscope. If there is fluid in the respiratory system, diuretics and/or steroids can be injected.

Of course, we are not vets, so this scenario will not happen in our foster home often.

But triage applies to other aspects of rescue work. Supposing we receive 3 requests at the same time for fostering of kittens, but we can only take in one, not all. Which one will we take in?

If the kitten is more than 3 months of age, it is most likely already independent and can survive on the streets (assume no illness). It should not be rescued also because after the 3-month age marker, adopters lose interest. LKP taking in this case will cause the cat to be a shelter cat for a very long time.

If the kitten is sick or orphaned/abandoned without a mother but not yet able to eat on own (i.e. needs a mother cat's milk), this case is more critical than the one above because with human intervention the kitten will have a chance at recovering and surviving.

However, if the rescuer is able to foster the kitten in the above scenario and with our guidance place it for adoption, we will not take in the case. We only take in kittens that have no fostering options left. We shall then be the last resort.

In our sterilisation work, we do the same: we only do TNR projects that have large populations of cats that a regular cat feeder cannot afford to neuter all, or there is no one who is neutering the colony. Small cases such as, say 3 cats, we will advise the enquirer to neuter the cats themselves and guide them how to go about it. This is because such cases are very affordable, and if we take them on, we are diverting our attention from the large colony cases that are not neutered.

Similarly, in our work for sick and injured cats, if the cat can be medicated on the streets by the caregiver, we will not take in such cases. If the cat has to be hospitalised for basic reasons such as daily subcutaneous fluids, then we can take in this case, and when the cat recovers, return it to its street territory. If the cat absolutely cannot go back to the street and must have long term intensive care to survive and live a comfortable, emotionally beneficial life, then we will take this case in as well. However, it still all depends on whether we have space as we can only take in 5 sick/injured cats at a time, i.e. maximum threshold rule still applies.

Hope you have gained some insight into how we take on cases and projects!



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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Becky from Punggol with pancreatitis | The full story

Becky arrived at our foster home on Sunday 8 June at night. Here is her back story.

Becky's cat caregiver fell ill with tuberculosis and got hospitalised. Before that, when he was ill, Becky got stressed out, missing her Uncle, and stopped eating for a few days.

When she arrived that night at our foster home, we bathed her, and realised that she felt pain in her lower abdominal area. We brought her to the vet the next day relayed that to the vet. Based on blood tests, her not wanting to eat and the lower abdominal pain, we decided to treat her for pancreatitis, which is antibiotics, steroids, painkillers.

Becky in her cat suite
She however does not like indoor life. She meows the entire day (and night). She is also very fussy about her food. But she has been eating, sometimes even when supplements are added, and did not need a top up of steroidal painkillers after her first dose. Her antibiotics injection, lasts for 2 weeks, after that we need to see if she is back to 100% and eating. In the meantime, if she experiences pain again, we will put her on pain and steroid medication.

Very affectionate
She is actually a very affectionate cat, who really misses her Uncle. However, due to Uncle's condition, when she gets well, Uncle may not be able to feed her and he also wants her off the streets because where she is has a lot of construction work. Her rescuer Ed, and the Uncle, will be placing her in long-term boarding care after she recovers with us here.

Look out for her updates on our social media. We love getting cats well <3 .="" br="">


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