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“Paws” for Cause: Mariani's Journey from Cat Rescuer to Kidney Warrior

Mariani's Cat Rescuing Story

Mariani resides in Bandung - Commonly known as the "City of Flowers," Bandung is  the capital city of Indonesia's West Java province and boasts a population exceeding 2.5 million. While it thrives as a vibrant metropolis brimming with culture, vitality, and joy, its streets also harbor a population of impoverished cats, fighting for their lives every day in the middle of the busy city. 

These cats face tough challenges living on the streets, searching for food every day while dealing with risks like parasites, infections, and busy traffic. In fact, a great number of cats were hit by cars and motorcycles, resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.

Recognizing the need for action, Mariani took it upon herself in 2013 to provide support to these neglected animals. For over a decade, she has dedicated her time and personal resources to caring for approximately 70 street cats in her vicinity, ensuring they receive nourishment and necessary veterinary attention. Some fortunate souls find temporary refuge in her home, lovingly offered as foster care.

Shared by Mariani, the total amount of food needed to prevent their starvation amounts to 120 kilograms of dry food and 250 cans of wet food each month. Mariani shoulders the financial burden, aided by a small circle of supportive friends, family members, and contributions she asked for via her Instagram account, "cessy_messy_."

Mariani’s Remarkable Journey as a Cat Rescuer and Kidney Warrior

In the year 2014, Mariani suffered a shock when she received the diagnosis of kidney dysfunction. Despite undergoing medical treatment, infusion therapy, and hemodialysis, Mariani persisted in her compassionate mission, tending to the needs of the street cats. However, the illness worsened over time, leading to a diagnosis of end-stage chronic renal failure.

Mariani is in urgent need of a kidney transplant, and time is of the essence. Luckily, her younger brother has volunteered to donate a kidney, but there are significant expenses involved. While health insurance covers some of the costs, not all regions offer coverage for compatibility tests and the transplantation itself. The total expenses for the procedure amount to approximately 500 million Indonesian Rupiah, equivalent to around 30,000 USD, with an additional 20 million Rupiah (about 1,200 USD) for compatibility tests. Typically, insurance and government assistance cover about half of these expenses, leaving the patient responsible for approximately 15,000 USD. Sadly, Mariani is unable to afford these costs on her own.

Supporting Mariani's Journey

Mariani's journey as both a dedicated cat rescuer and a courageous kidney warrior exemplifies resilience, compassion, and an unwavering spirit. Her selfless commitment to caring for the street cats of Bandung, despite facing her own health challenges, is truly remarkable. As Mariani embarks on the road to a healthier future through a kidney transplant, let us stand in solidarity with her. Your support can make a meaningful difference in her life, enabling her to continue her vital work and inspiring hope for a brighter future for our cat friends. Together, we can ensure that Mariani receives the care she needs and continues to be a beacon of compassion in her community.

On behalf of the CatSwoppr team, we extend our heartfelt support to Mariani in her time of need. As fellow advocates for feline welfare, with immense gratitude for her tireless efforts, we dedicate this blog to Mariani, recognizing her as a true hero in the world of cat rescue. To ensure Mariani receives the medical care she deserves, we urge our community to come together and contribute to her kidney transplant fund on her GoFundMe post. Your generosity will enable Mariani to continue her vital work, making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless cats. You can also help by sharing this article with your friends and family!

Thank you so much for your attention! 

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