Sometimes all is needed is one compassionate act to start a chain of good deeds that keeps on growing and growing. Like when Maria Delk and her husband opened the doors to that first stray injured cat in need: they had no idea they will start a routine of saving local cats that have been showing at their door ever since.
It’s funny how cats many times seem to know where to look for some help, it’s like they sense where someone will care for them and where they’ll be safe.
Even though Maria claims she’s not a cat person, she cannot deny she is a compassionate one. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have brought back to health so many injured cats, she wouldn’t rush them to the hospital when they come with a bad infection, she wouldn’t have opened the doors for them on stormy nights and she wouldn’t get up at 4am to get the outside cats and the kittens fed.
She’s obviously not the kind of person that simply looks the other way; cats smell the food and sense the care and so they keep showing up. She currently has 7 cats living in her house, plus other 15 that keep showing up for food. She told the Dodo:
“Some days, I feel like shutting my blinds (…) But I can’t. Because I know if I don’t feed them, nobody will.”
Maria and her husband live in Rio Vista, California – a town with 8,000 people, and Maria is one of the few that cares so much for the local cats. She’s currently working with a humane trapper so she can trap some of the less social cats, neuter them and release them (TNR programs)
To be able to raise the money for the care of the kittens she has trapped –which she plans to socialize, get vaccinated and neutered before finding them forever homes–, she recently opened a GoFundMe account. So far she has collected $850 from a $2500 goal. Here is the link if you want to help her.
You can also check the Instagram account she opened to share pictures of the cats and try to find them homes. There are some really cool shots of them.