SUN CITY, AZ (CBS 5) - Jerri Sumrall treats every cat that comes into the 4 Paws Rescue in Youngtown like they were her own.

[WATCH: Volunteer Pays It Forward to Sun City woman who helps cats]

"Cats are misunderstood a lot of times, I think," said Sumrall. "People don't understand that they can love, and be as loving as a dog can."

Four to five days a week, the devoted cat lover goes to the rescue to answer phones and help find furry felines a forever home.

It's a job that's even more impressive considering Sumrall's extensive health problems and limited income.

"My activity is limited now that I am on oxygen 24/7," said Sumrall. "This is just something I can be a part of, and feel like I am doing something. It's very important to me. I don't know what I would do without it."

Fellow volunteer Tori Kelso has seen how dedicated Sumrall is, often using her own money to help abandoned cats get the medical care they need. But her passion and kindness don't stop there.

"She doesn't have much, but she will give her own cash and money to pay for surrender fees for animals," said Kelso. "She will drive people in her apartment building to the store for shopping if they don't have cars."

As a way to say thank you, Kelso reached out to CBS 5 to Pay It Forward to the kind cat woman and give her $500. A CBS 5 News crew followed along for the big surprise.

"I reached out to Channel 5 Pay It Forward," Kelso said. "You are always buying cat food for other people - driving people to places where they need to go and feeding feral cats. All these good things you do and we just want to give you $500."

"She's just a good person," added Kelso. "You can always count on her if you need help. She'll go out of her way to help you."

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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