There is so much hate going on right now. I want to share some amazing love...
I just spent three hours with a lady named Maria. I heard about her through a neighbor.
Maria is as close to a saint as I have ever met. She lives on social security, and her clothes are spotted and torn. She doesn't have a computer nor a cell phone. Her car is old, but as she says, "It gets me around." In spite of having so little, she is one of the happiest, kindest, nicest, most grateful women I have ever met.
She won't buy new clothes, because she uses every extra penny she has to feed stray cats and dogs. Every month, all of her money goes to buy food for them. I brought over multiple cases of cat food, and Maria was in tears accepting them.
She has trapped and gotten spayed or neutered dozens and dozens of abandoned cats all over the Inglewood, California area. Including some really bad areas that, quite frankly, I was a bit concerned to go into. She said the gangs can be mean. But the cats need her help, so she continues to go.
Her mission started at the former Hollywood Park in Inglewood. When the race track closed, they simply abandoned the 100-plus cats that were there to keep the rats out of the stalls. Over the past 12 years, due to Maria's efforts, the population is down to about a dozen.
I wish I had better pictures, but here is one of her putting food out for them, and one of a couple cats running out when they saw her coming. Normally the cats don't come out until after dark. They hide in the bushes and trees until it's quiet and they feel safe.
The third picture is of a mother and her babies that Maria just rescued. The mother cat was badly injured and lost her eye, before Maria found her hiding with her kittens underneath a car.
Maria travels from place-to-place, leaving food and water for them, day-in and day-out, seven days a week. She has been doing it every day for 12 years. Sometimes she doesn't get home until after 11:00 pm.
This is an incredible lady that represents everything good about our world.
If you can just give $5.00 or $10.00 dollars, or more, and we raise enough money, she'll be able feed and rescue several hundreds of these unfortunate cats and dogs for a year.
Every penny will go directly to buying food and paying for medical care. Maria wants nothing for herself, only to help more animals.
She also has four rescued dogs, several rescued birds, and a couple very friendly chickens that were abandoned.
- Gayle Janzen
- Debbie Belenzon-Wasserman
- Michelle Dowalo
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