If you do not believe that humans are innately kindhearted, then this story will make you think otherwise. It all started when the social media account of PAWssion Project got hacked. PAWssion Project is a non-profit organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs in distress. Since its foundation in 2018, PAWssion Project has put up two shelters in the Philippines–one in the Visayas (Bacolod) and one in Luzon (Bulacan).
After their social media account was hacked, PAWssion Project founder Malou Perez received a message. She was being asked to pay the hacker before she could regain control over her organization’s social media account. Despite being devastated, Malou refused to give in to the hacker’s demand.
A complete change of heart
Malou confronted the hacker and asked why anyone would do such a thing to an organization that rescues dogs. To Malou’s surprise, the hacker apologized and offered to return to her control over PAWssion Project’s social media account. Relieved, Malou happily thanked the hacker and even told the hacker to stop stealing people’s accounts for money.
Just when Malou thought that she could already put the whole thing behind her, she received one more message that surprised her in a good way. Not only did the hacker apologize for causing trouble, the cyber thief also offered to donate to the organization.
A silver lining
The whole incident happened in October of 2020, the year everyone considers to be the worst thus far. With so much that has happened since January, it can be soul-crushing to have your account hacked when your primary goal is to help give a voice to those who do not have one.
So when the hacker returned control of her organization’s social media account to Malou, she was already very elated. What made this victory sweeter was when the hacker even offered to donate to her organization’s cause. What happened may not have taken long, but it has left such a huge impact on Malou. That a gesture of kindness was enough to cast a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy year.
Credits to Malou Perez