Evan loves cats. After he adopted his own kitty, Macha, from City Kitties rescue in Philadelphia, he wanted to find a way to continue to help the cats they were rescuing. He was only 7-years-old, but he saved his allowance money for several months and donated $46.75 to the charity.
Evan’s first letter from 2009, when he was 7
Dear City Kitties,
My name is Evan. I am 7 years old. And guess what? … I LOVE cats! They are my favorite animals and I got my cat at City Kitties as well! THANK YOU for letting me get my new cat! Thank you, City Kitties.
P.S. I get an allowance every week and I chose to make a donation to you. I love that you help cats find homes. I saved this money to help you help cats.
Evan with Calvin, 2010
This cat, Calvin, was adopted by Evan and his family after Evan took an interest in him, buying his portrait at a City Kitties art auction. Evan would come check on the cat, who was living in a foster home. Then Evan set up a sidewalk stand to sell figs from his family’s tree to help raise more money in Calvin’s name, raising $86, which he donated to City Kitties.
Eventually, Evan’s family decided to adopt Calvin, but staged a little surprise for him. They told him that Calvin had finally been adopted and that he should go say goodbye. Evan asked City Kitties if Calvin would be living nearby, prompting them to show him Calvin’s new address… his own!
2. The 2011 Letter, from then 9-year-old Evan
“And a happy new year / Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.” -Happy Xmas, John Lennon
Dear City Kitties,
I hope you have had a great year! I have given my annual holiday donation with this letter. I am inclosing… $97.00! I saved up a lot of money this year! How is Clark Kent? I hope he is getting better! I am so happy that people like you are around to save abandoned kitties from danger! I want to help you do that and I hope other people will help, too!
P.S. Our city kitties are doing great - (despite Macha playing roughly with Calvin and Elsa.)
The 2012 letter, Evan is now 10
“Let there be peace on earth”
December 15, 2012
Hello all City Kitties Staff –
I hope that you guys have had a great year 2012! As I do every year, I am making my holiday donation. This year it will be $110.00 ($CX). It is my first year donating a three-digit dollar amount. (When I was one-digit years old, I donated a two-digit dollar amount. Not that I’m 2 digit years old, I donated a three-digit dollar amount.) I will keep donating to help save abandoned kitties from danger.
P.S. Do you like my cursive?
P.P.S. Our City Kitties are doing well. Thankfully, they are not terrorizing the house anymore.
In 2012, Evan’s parents matched his donation for a total donation of $220. People all over the country have been inspired by Evan through Facebook and the City Kitties blog, as well as more recently on Reddit and Huffington Post. Many have donated to City Kitties or to their own local rescues to, as Evan would say, “save abandoned kitties from danger!”