Italian Woman Dubbed “World’s Greatest Cat Benefactor”

The “world’s greatest cat benefactor” is Italy’s Albertina Di Mascio.

This 70-year-old woman gives up almost all of her and her husband’s entire monthly retirement check to care for stray cats in the area.

“If I didn’t have the cats, I’d be at home all the time. Instead they keep me in good health,” Di Mascio said. “It’s an addiction, caring for so many animals.”

This lover of cats wakes up early every morning and prepares water, cat food, and milk before going on her daily rounds to feed at least 120 stray cats in the north Milan quarters of Niguarda and Greco, Italy. She cares for all of the cats by herself. She takes sixty cans of cat food, two quarts of milk, and fifteen quarts of water, and six pounds of cat biscuits with her.

She purchases so much cat food that a wholesale company now delivers it to her own door twice a month.

It all began 15 years ago when her daughter brought a stray cat home. Di Mascio then found other cats in the basement and in the neighborhood. People started to tell her where there were more stray cats. As she started to care for the stray cats in the area, she saw that their health improved. The cats are all beautiful and healthy now because of Di Mascio’s efforts and hard work.

Di Mascio spends so much of their retirement money on feeding the cats that there is not much left for her and her husband. She said her and her husband live on bread, tomatoes, tuna, and watermelon. The rest of the money goes on cat food.

She and her husband don’t mind giving up luxuries, and she said that is why she is healthier for it.

Di Mascio also has 30 cats of her own at their house.

Source: Axcess News

6 Responses to “Italian Woman Dubbed “World’s Greatest Cat Benefactor””

  1. Amanda says:

    Awwww that is a great story!!! I wish there were more people in the world like this couple.

  2. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    We’re fine with this except for the milk. Adult kitties have trouble with milk.

  3. Amanda says:

    A lot of cats, especially over in Europe don’t have the milk problems. A lot of cats over there grow up near dairy farms and will drink milk right out of the cow. For some reason, cats over there don’t have problems.

    My cats here will get a little bit of milk everyday and don’t have a problem. We used to buy kitty milk in white cheddar flavor but the stores even online stopped carrying it for some reason(not on recall lists) :(

  4. Donna says:

    Amazing couple. Just think of a world were selfishness does not exist. That is the place this couple dwells. Blesssings on your acts of kindness, it really brings it’s own rewards.

  5. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Amanda - Really? We’ve never heard that. In that case, never mind.

    (and Radcliff is interested in the cheddar milk. He loves sharp cheddar cheese. We’ll have to check this out.)

  6. Thel Josenhans says:

    Albertina De Mascio …………… you & your husband , are special people . God is watching , He will never , forget your kindness , you have , so little , you share , so much. God Bless your unselfness , I pray , you will get some help , to feed theses little souls of God. Every one , should , have a neighbor , like you. God be with you ….. ‘ Always ”

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