A homeless woman received help from an association and authorities after being discovered in a tent with her cat, which was not accepted at any accommodation. A story told by Liverpool Echo.
Gareth Olsena 43-year-old gardener, was working to clear a property Chester in cheshire (west of England) with his team when a colleague driving a tractor stopped short. ” A little hand appeared out of the hedge, waved and said ‘I live here’ “, he says.
She was a woman who lived under a makeshift shelter made of little things: tarps, umbrellas… Her only possessions were her sleeping bag, a blanket, pillows and a few boxes of other effects… By his side was his cat, his ” soulmate as she calls it.
She explained Gareth Olsen that she had the opportunity to benefit from accommodation in various reception structures but had preferred to refuse because pets are not allowed there. For this lady, it was unthinkable to live without her feline friend.
“Such a sad story”
” It’s such a sad story. I was so shocked and sad for her “says the professional who learned that she had been living in these terrible conditions for 3 years, without any real protection from the cold and bad weather…
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Gareth Olsen thought of a way to help her. He gave her the money he had on him and then called his friend Adam Dandyfrom the local charity Share. The latter sent a team to meet the fifty-year-old. She is currently looking for housing where she can keep her beloved cat.
Other forms of help should also be given to him and the local authorities and the police should also be mobilized.