While Landi was living and working in India, she found three kittens in a very sorry state; she took them in, and they became her family.
India (23 October 2020) – Landi Bekker has been living and working in India. She was employed in the hospitality industry, but when the pandemic hit, her job became non-essential. Landi was stuck there, and due to her employment status, her visa lapsed. This meant Landi needed to leave India as soon as she was allowed to, but there was a catch, she needed to take her cats with her.
Landi was running a coffee shop and befriended a ginger cat. The cat became her shop’s little regular and before long, Landi noticed she was growing rounder and rounder. That is when three precious kittens arrived. It was a wonderful moment, but before long, the situation changed. Mother cat left the shop one day and never returned. Landi searched for her for weeks, but she was never found again. Landi took the kittens in, nourished them, and they became a little family.
Knowing what the international lockdowns would bring, Landi started saving the little she had and raised funds for the rest, to help pay for the cats travel back to South Africa.
“For the last 6 months, Landi Bekker has been trying to get funds together to get her cats, Simba, Impi and Marshmallow home to South Africa from India.
These three have become her family ever since she found them alone and scared as little kittens. She has been the only family they have ever known and they need her as much as she needs them.”
The state of animal rescue and rehoming in India is less than ideal, which is why Landi is so desperate to take them back to South Africa. She cannot imagine leaving them behind to fend for themselves after having been saved from those very same, awful conditions.
Landi is raising R40,000 to cover the expense of all three cats. So far, she has managed to raise R12 077.84, but with just over a week to go, she hopes her story can reach fellow cat-lovers who can help her.
If you would like to help Landi, Simba, Impi and Marshmallow get back home to South Africa, you can donate to the cause here. You can follow their journey via Facebook, where Landi is giving regular updates about the progress of the situation.