Elderly woman helps stray cats at a local park, she's our hero of the week

During a routine of going to the park every Saturday with her family, Rita Rama began to notice an elderly woman. This kind lady was at the park in San Jose, California almost everytime Rita and her family were there. Rita began to wonder why.

After seeing the elderly woman multiple times, Rita decided to ask her what she was doing. The 88-year-old woman, who goes by Evan, told her beautiful story. Evan went to the park almost every day to take care of the stray cats.

During Evan’s daily trip to the park, she would bring many items with her. Once she arrived she would pull out bags of cat food, water, and plates. All the items were for the struggling cats. Evan’s hope was that maybe one day someone would adopt the cats. After Rita found out that Evan was helping 14 cats, she knew she needed to help Evan.

So Rita reached out to the local television station, KTVU. Frank Somerville, the evening anchor, helped Rita out. The good man posted the story:

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 of 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.

Not too long after Somerville’s post, the community began to respond. Many people offered to help either by paying for things or buying the animals food. Rita was thrilled by the response. She hopes to soon give Evan all the help she can get. Evan is truly an amazing elderly woman!

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