If you meet little Marshall, a lovely white cat with patches of grey here and there, it would not take you long to fall in love with him. It is impossible to imagine that not more than a year ago, he was discovered on the streets counting hours to death, with one side of his face gorily injured and infected by maggots. With endless open wounds all over the body, it needed weeks of constant treatment, medication and care for him to purr once again. His rescuers, the dedicated volunteers at Cat Cafe Studio, were in despair, but feisty Marshall proved them all wrong by becoming this meowing, jumping, cuddly ball of fur.
About Cat Cafe Studio
Marshall is one among the thirty to forty stray cats currently housed in Cat Cafe Studio in Versova, Mumbai. Amidst the cacophony of the sleepless city, this cosy piece of heaven offers you coffee with the company of the cutest little cats. The founders of this first-of-its-kind coffee shop in India also run a non-profit foundation that rescues hundreds of helpless cats from the verge of death.
“A lot of them are amputees, some are partially or completely blind or even paralysed, but they are the most loving creatures you will ever come across,” shares co-founder Charu Khosla with Efforts For Good.
Hundreds of stray cats have been rescued
Since 2008, sisters Mriidu and Charu Khosla and their friend Jason Moss have been actively rescuing stray cats from in and around Mumbai. Injured, sick or born with disabilities, these kittens had little hopes of survival in the brutal world where they were treated as ‘undesirable’. The trio nurtured them with 24X7 supervision and raised them to recovery. “In a few years, we were fostering over a hundred cats. We approached our friends, family members and relatives to adopt them but it was not long before we ran out of space to contain all of them,” shares Charu Khosla with Efforts For Good, while talking about the launch of Cat Cafe Studio.