A young cat lover has gone viral.
Last Friday, a Reddit user shared 10-year-old Evan’s story. Back in 2009, Evan adopted a cat from a shelter, City Kitties. Worried about the other strays who didn’t find homes, Evan decided to send his allowance money to the rescue shelter.
Together with his $46.75 donation, Evan sent the letter below:
His parents explained the full story back in 2009:
I can barely explain this, and I can’t help but brag about it. Evan saved up his allowance for months and donated $46.75 to City Kitties, the cat rescue from which we got our adorable (if mischievous) Macha. He wrote them a sweet note. They posted it on their Facebook page, and it went viral. Kyle Cassidy matched Evan’s donation to City Kitties and suggested that others do the same. At last count, it had been “retweeted” (I vaguely understand that) 47 times. Bloggers are linking back to other blogs. Within hours, City Kitties received more than $400 in donations, and they are still coming.
Other people have donated to rescues in Arizona, Tennessee, California, Toronto, and locations unnamed, in Evan’s honor. A woman in Austin, Texas made a video requesting donations for her local animal shelter, and credited Evan with inspiring her to take the time to do so. Sample comment from the blogs: “the world needs more Evans.” We agree.
Forgive our bragging! We are just astounded! Happy holidays, everyone.
Lisa, Brett, and Evan
In 2010, Evan fundraised more for the shelter, selling figs from the family tree to get some additional funds. And, just last December, Evan was finally able to raise his biggest amount — $110, an amount that his parents matched. His letter (seen below) quickly went viral on Facebook.