This Man Created A Safe Haven For Stray Cats When Everyone Else Treated Them Like Vermin

20/3/2017

Muslihudin Sharbinie, known simply as Uli, lives near Bogor, Indonesia. He is married and the father of five children.He works three jobs to pay for food for his family, but also to pay for the care of his second family: the stray cats of his village, reports The Dodo.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

There are so many felines wandering the streets, that they're almost treated as vermin by locals.The villagers used to poison or kill the cats in an effort to get rid of them, but thanks to Uli and his "angels," that has began to change.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

Uli had been feeding and caring for their minor injuries with natural remedies the best he could for as long as he can remember. His grandparents were always extremely kind to the stray cats in the area, and they passed down their love to him.Uli told The Dodo:

There is no one else here in my area to help them. Their lives depend on us. They don't have any choice. But we do.
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Source: Uli Sharbinie

With the financial stress of caring for his human family, the good Samaritan could only do so much.But one fateful day in 2014, Kristen Connelly, from Oxnard, California, stumbled on his Facebook profile, which clearly showed his love for the cats.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

She sent him a friend request and asked how she could help. He told her that he needed money to build them a shelter and get them proper medical care.And so, Uli's angels were born.Connelly contacted other animal lovers and they built him a GoFundMe page.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

They had soon raised enough money to get the cats in the neighborhood spayed and neutered.Connelly toldThe Dodo:

When he started realizing we were helping him — that he didn't have to turn them away any more or just drop off a piece of fish and some rice in one of the local markets — we encouraged him to bring them home.

Uli used the money to build a shelter from scratch. He scavenged for material and lumber to create a feline paradise.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

Now, with the help of the money contributed by people all over the world, he's able to take kittens to the vet who need help and feed all of the animalswho come to him.He has also started educating the people of his village, teaching them to love and care for the cats as well.

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Source: Uli Sharbinie

His neighbors are no longer literally dumping cats in the dump yards and at the schools. They're bringing them to him.

Uli has inspired countless people to care for animals just as he does, saving so many lives.[embed]https://youtu.be/wK7LqXHKxMU[/embed]

H/t: The Dodo

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