It was only eight weeks after his entrance into the world that destiny took a twist and left him alone; abandoned on the merciless street, sightless, helpless.

No, not helpless; for a pair of loving hands picked him up and brought him to me.

Not helpless for angels, all over the world poured down all the love he deserved but had lost, all the care he needs, but had been denied, all the compassion he yearned for, yet had not been given.

Not helpless, because another mother has extended her heart and welcomed him to her family, caring for him as her own.

It’s just that, then destiny took another turn and saw him abandoned once again, as his new mother start weaning her babies. One week care had driven her to her next heat, so I had to take her away to be spayed as she turned against the kittens she loved.

Every morning I would see him in the corner, sleeping, alone in the cold. When he heard my voice he will run as fast as his little legs could afford, with little meow, just so I know he was there, and that a lift and a kiss would start his day.

All he knows is darkness, all he knows is trying.

One of his eyes is beyond salvation. It has to be operated on, even at great risk, given his age and size.

And yet, it turns destiny to the other direction.

Now happy and healthy, Gata took him under her protective arm, and welcomed him as her own. The many she had lost to her miller, the more she had lost to the life on the street.

In the middle of all the distress around me; between the darkness and all the peril, watching them brings warmth and consolation.

As I turn off the light and call it a day, even for a short while, watching them together lends me strength the next day to get back up and keep fighting.

An inspiration that no matter how old I am, no matter how weak. No matter what pain the past would bring and no matter how bleak the sunrise tomorrow,

That if I keep trying, I will break through. That if I keep seeking, I shall find, that if I keep asking, I shall be answered.

That if I don’t give up, destiny will turn its game in my favor.

~ Josie


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Josie And The Whiskers' Syndicate

The first and only cat refuge in Bandung (West Java - Indonesia) a capital breeder of a nation without animal welfare law. We care for Bandung's unwanted animals, operate a TNR as much as our budget allows, and continue to educate people about compassion to animals

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