All of you have no idea how much USD 500 means to us.

I was very deeply disappointed knowing that I had failed to secure USD 1,000 matching donor as I did last year. I was green with envy reading all the waves of emails from larger organizations about their (at least) ten thousand US Dollars matching challenge, each claiming that their matching challenge was worth more than any other.

Really? talking about hyperbolic; or humble bragging?

I don’t dwell in it. By the end of each email, I remember each of you, and my heart swell with joy and red with gratitude.

We do not have celebrities sponsors. We do not have thousands of Dollars matching challenge. We do not have hundreds of staffs, or acres upon acres of land. We do not have fancy facilities. Even now, our cats plays on concrete floor. We haven’t painted our walls since we rebuilt our sanctuary from the devastation by Typhoon Haiyan four years ago.

All of us, work without pay. We do not pay you to share, and yet you share. We do not call you every day to visit our site, but you commented. Every other day, every week, every month, big or small, average USD 10 – USD 25 per donation, you keep us alive. We do not give commission, but you sell for us, auction for us, created art for us, and bid for us. Every single penny, goes to the cats. We can live with less, the cats has to have more.

If you somehow doubt, look at the kitten in the picture below. Okime (Oh-kee-may) is one of the six kittens who lost their mother and clung desperately to life on top of a waste treatment facility of a pulmonary clinic. There was chemical waste, there were contaminated garbage, there was potentially contagious disease, the smell was so unbearable Sheilla had to run in and out. They are only eight weeks young.

None of us had hope.

Regardless, you give him a chance, and if all of the others said the matching challenge that pays their CEO’s car and house worth more than this little baby, they should look again.

This is your magic. This is our magic.

For Okime and his siblings, it worth more than any other.

For me, you worth more than any other.

For the lack of better words: Thank you.

~ Josie

Keep the magic alive:


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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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