One day, while driving home on the New York subway, Gillian Rogers saw a man sitting in the same car and immediately felt better.
On her lap was a small cat wrapped in a towel.
“He was bottle feeding him,” Rogers said. It shows how much she takes care of it. I thought my heart would explode at the thought of someone taking such good care of the animal.”
After watching her for a while, Rogers decided she couldn’t let go, so she turned to the man and asked how he met the cat.
“We talked,” he said. He said: “I found one of the cats between two buildings.”
The man rescued the cat unattended, made sure it was comfortable and fed it.
Mr Rogers said: “While he was feeding him, the cat was watching him.” It was a “comforting” feeling. I said, “Thank you.” Thanks.”
Eventually, Rogers had to stop and leave before he heard the man’s name. Although they parted as strangers, Rogers’ day changed after witnessing her endearing spirit.
“It was a really special moment. When I got off the train, I felt like I was walking on air,” says Rogers. It was exhilarating, as if I had regained faith in humanity. There are still decent people out there.”
For Mr Rogers, the scene was particularly poignant because, as the founder of the Pet Rescue Squad, he has dedicated his life to rescuing animals. But it was when Rogers posted the encounter online and it went viral that she realized how much a stranger’s compassion can impact the world.