Recent events on child abuse, animal abuse and the like really made us sad. It made several, including ourselves question the fate of humanity. However, every now and then we’d hear stories of honest cab drivers, considerate police officers etc. that remind us there is still a lot of good left in this world.
Kriz Yu shares this heartwarming story of Nanay Sally, an old woman who has shown an overwhelming amount of selflessness for the street cats/ puspin (pusang pinoy) in her area. Despite not having anything, she still chooses to share with the animals. Wow.
Siya si Nanay Sally nakita ko siya kanina sa may East Ave. sa may BIR. Nakakatuwa kasi una napansin ko andaming pusa sa harap niya, nung nilapitan ko naghahalo pala siya ng pagkain para sa mga pusang kalye. So kinausap ko siya.
Me: Hi po! Andami niyo naman pong alaga.
Nanay Sally: Ahh hindi dito lang yan pagala-gala hanggang sa dumami ng dumami kasi pinapakain ko.
Me: Ahh so binibilihan niyo po sila ng pagkain? (Napansin ko kasing mainit init pa yung ulam na paksiw na isda at isang damukal na kaning tutong)
Nanay Sally: Hindi nanghihingi lang ako sa mga karinderya, minsan binibigyan nalang nila ako ng hindi naubos sa tinda mula kahapon.
Me: Pikturan ko po kayo ha, sshare ko lang sa mga kaibigan kong mahilig din sa pusa napakabuti niyo po kasi.
Nanay Sally: Ay ippeysbuk mo yan? Sige nga’t sabihin mo naman baka pwede sila magbigay ng pagkain, hindi para sakin ha, para sa mga pusa. Yung taos sa puso.
Me: Sige po, bukas din po dadaan din ako dito andito lang naman po kayo diba?
Nanay Sally: Oo dito lang ako sa BIR East Ave. (sabay turo sa barikada na may mga gamit nila) dumadami na kasi sila eh nagsimula lang yan sa 3 ngayon sampo na at dadami pa yan.
Yan po, baka po may gusto tumulong sa magandang adhikain ni Nanay Sally, hindi pansarili ang hinihingi niya para sa mga pusang ni hindi niya alaga pero pinapakain nalang niya. Take note nung ipapakain na niya nakita kong naglabas siya ng madaming plastic na lalagyan (mukhang malinis pa!) Nakita ko din pinaghati hati niya sa mga pusa pati na din sa mga sarili niyang alaga.
Rough English Translation
This is Nanay (means Mother, used as form of respect for elderly) Sally. I saw her earlier along East Ave., near BIR. It made me smile as I noticed there were several cats in front of her. When I approached her, I realized she was mixing food for the street cats. So I decided to talk to her.
Me: Hi po! You have so many pets.
Nanay Sally: Oh no, these are not my pets. They are just street cats roaming around this area. They became more and more because I was feeding the,
Me:Oh, so you buy food for them? (I noticed her fish was still hot and there was a lot of toasted rice)
Nanay Sally:No, I just beg from the small food stalls. Sometimes they would share yesterday’s leftovers with me to give to the cats.
Me: Can I take your picture? I’ll share it with my fellow cat lovers. You are such a good person.
Nanay Sally:Oh, are you posting in on Facebook? Ok sure! Tell them, perhaps they can share some food too. Not for me, for the cats. From the heart.
Me:Ok, I will drop by again tomorrow. Will you still be here?
Nanay Sally: Yes, I just stay here along BIR East Ave. (and pointed to her spot) The cats keep multiplying, they started with 3 and now there’s 10 of them.
There you go, perhaps someone wants to help Nanay Sally with her simple wish. She is asking help not for herself but for the cats – cats she doesn’t even own but chooses to feed. Take note that she even has containers to feed these cats to make sure the food was clean. She divided the food equally amongst all the street cats in her area.
**UPDATE: PAWS is visiting Nanay Sally to spay/neuter some of the cats to prevent them from further multiplying as well as prevent sickness.
According to Kriz Yu, who took this photo, Nanay Sally didn’t mention anything about a home for herself. She is most likely also just sleeping in the area as her clothes and other possessions were seen in the area.
We ask that if you are in that area, perhaps you can lend a hand to both Nanay Sally and her cats. It really touches our hearts to hear about a woman who has almost nothing, but still chooses to share to those she feels needs it more! Bless your kind heart Nanay Sally!
How does this story make you feel? We hope it touched you as much as it did us! We need more selfless and thoughtful people like Nanay Sally.