(By Lori)

I met first met Josie through her Etsy shop when I was looking for items to buy for a baby shower. Her plush toys are just so adorable. Funny thing, I thought she helped to support a rescue in Bandung, Indonesia. I didn’t realize she WAS the rescue until we started talking.

At that time The Whisker’s Syndicate had maybe 200 likes on Facebook. As we got to know each other, I decided I had to help her and the approximately 60 cats she had at the time. I did tiny matching challenges and helped as I could.

Then the typhoon hit and flooded the sanctuary. Josie was showing me pictures of the damage and I was freaking out. I couldn’t believe none of the cats were killed let alone hurt. They were wet and not happy but alive. We raised $5,000 in a very short period of time to fix the drainage issues and repair the house. We helped her buy large condos to keep cats in while the repairs happened. It was amazing.

The next major natural disaster I remember was a volcano that decided to blow its top. Thankfully it was on another island and only filled the skies around the sanctuary with ash.

Then there were several medical issues and a couple of hospital stays for Josie.

But she and the cats always made it through.

Mostly though I remember all the cats and kittens. Hundreds of them through the years. Sadly, I don’t remember all of their names but I’m sure Josie does.

Some were with her just a few days and others a few months and still others a few years. A small number have been with her since I met her.

I was saddened to learn the average life of a cat in Bandung is only 8-10 years when I am so used to 15-20 years. I know it’s because of the way cats are cared for generally in Indonesia, and the lack of vet care, but I feel Josie is always robbed of so much, even with the amazing care she provides.

She and I have been through a lot together through the years with the Mobsters, but the one constant I have always seen is that the Mobsters always come first.

Josie goes without when funds are low so she can give the cats everything they need.

Would you share some of your memories about Josie and/or the mobsters today?


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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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