We could almost say that it all started by accident when, in 1984, Matilde started giving a hand to an 84-year-old lady. At the beginning her contribution was simply to provide canned food and other cat products to the elderly lady, who was mentioned to her by Carla Rocchi (current ENPA President), the ally of long battles, starting with the ‘281’ Law. All of a sudden this little old lady disappeared and only a month later did Matilde find out that she had broken her leg and couldn't go personally to look after the cats.
So Matilde decided to give a hand directlyand take over for the lady for one of the voluntary shifts looking after the large cat family. This is how she finally realised how tragic the situation was, above all that something more than just finding food for the cats had to be done.
The sight before her very eyes was indescribable. Most of those poor cats were nearly devoured by mange, their ears nearly non-existent, many of them had become blind.
The Piramide di Caio Cestio, also called Meta Remi, is at present the only surviving example of a series of buildings that, starting from the 1st century BC, appeared in Rome when things oriental were in fashion. The conquest of Egypt, which ended with the battle of Actium in 31 BC, opened for the rich a new type of funerary building. Building a funeral monument on the main streets was the best way to leave a perpetual memory of oneself. We know that in Rome there were at least two or three other pyramids.
One on today's via della Conciliazione called Meta Romuli or also Meta di Borgo, represented in numerous works such as the bronze door by Filarete made between 1433 and 1445 for the Vatican basilica.
Then Pope Alexander VI, upon the opening of the Via Alessandrina in 1499, began the demolition of the pyramid that in a few years was completely destroyed.