Singapore has a severe problem with suffering street cats. An estimated 50,000 feral (born wild) or strays (abandoned cats) are currently living on the streets.
The problem is compounded by many “backyard” breeders selling cats without licenses, professional knowledge or caring for the welfare of the cats. The trade of these cats is often masked by adverts for “kittens with adoption fees” or “in exchange for cat food” because actual selling without a license is prohibited. The most impactful way to stop these sellers is to stop supporting such cruel businesses and educate other people about them.
Further, if people fail to sterilize their cats and let them roam freely, they can multipy quickly, contributing to the growing unwanted cat population. Once the kittens are too old or not cute, they may simply discard them on the street.
Project LUNI steps in to help by carrying out TNR efforts (Trap, Neuter and Return) as one of the main pillars.
Secondly, we rescue, socialise, foster and rehome street kittens and abandoned cats. As we don’t have a shelter and only a handful of fosterers, we can only focus on rehoming kittens and cats that can easily adapt to family life. We ensure that our fosterers can provide a loving family environment to each kitten and cat they care for in order to facilitate a transition from life on the streets to a home environment. Feral cats that have lived their whole life on the streets are often happier if they can stay in their known environment (after TNR) and get the loving care of their feeders. We also consider the human aspect as the often elderly feeders treat the street cats as their own and do get a lot of joy from this interaction – giving them a meaningful purpose late in life.
We currently support a dozen feeders all over Singapore with monthly food donations to responsibly feed street cats. Additionally, we help them with TNR as well as medical care if needed.