This story originally appeared at InspireMore.
Rita Rama and her family go to the same San Jose, California, park every Saturday to enjoy some quality family time.
They started seeing the same elderly woman there every time, too, the handles of her walker bundled down with heavy plastic bags. But it wasn’t until recently that they got the full story on what, exactly, 88-year-old Evan does there.
It turns out Evan’s on a mission of mercy: Those plastic bags are filled with cat food, water and paper plates. She leaves her nursing home and goes to the park every single day, rain or shine, to do what she can for the 14 abandoned cats who now live there.
“I was raised to follow through with commitments, including those to our pets,” she says.
She has good intentions, but she knows feeding them isn’t the real solution to the problem. They all need to find new homes, or at least get spayed and/or neutered. Preferably both.
Once Rita learned what sweet Evan was trying to do, she decided to help spread the word and contacted the evening anchor at a local television station, KTVU’s Frank Somerville. He posted Rita’s heart-warming story in a Facebook post last week.
Every Saturday our family heads to a park in San Jose. We always notice an older woman who walks towards the side of the park with her walker with bags and bottles.
She parks her walker in the corner and lays out some paper plates and pours some cat food and water. While she does this a community of homeless cats come from all corners and begins to eat. She watches them, pets them, and then goes back home to a senior center next door.
Today, my daughter and I watched quietly from afar. We finally had a chance to meet this kind woman. Her name is Evan. She has lived at the senior center for 10 years.
She feeds the community cats every day, rain or shine. These cats have been left behind by her neighbors. She tries to have them neutered and find homes for them.
Currently there are 14 cats under her care and she is worried for them as some are still not fixed and she struggles with finding homes. I asked Evan if I could share this with you and maybe you could help her find homes for those 14 cats.
By the looks of it, area residents are trying to do whatever they can to help. Why didn’t someone ask sooner?!
The post has gotten hundreds of shares and comments, many from fellow cat lovers who say they’ll help pay for food and other costs, and others who are providing her with contact information for area organizations that provide TNS (trap-neuter-spay) services.
With the amount of publicity this sweet lady’s story is generating, we’re sure it’s just a matter of time before these cats are adopted and they’ll never have to worry about going hungry again.
Share to thank Evan for taking on these furry charges as her own, and to Rita and Frank for helping to spread the word!