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Teen donates to DeKalb County Animal Shelter
by Nicole Dow
December 31, 2012 10:18 AM | 1716 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jessica, left, with Jackie McDonald, DeKalb County Animal Shelter Outreach Director, is a teen who donated $100 of her tutoring money to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.
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Jessica, left, with Jackie McDonald, DeKalb County Animal Shelter Outreach Director, is a teen who donated $100 of her tutoring money to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.
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When the Homeless Pets Club at The Paideia School in Atlanta held a bake sale fundraiser in November to help provide supplies to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, one sophomore student decided she wanted to match the donation. So Jessica, who asked not to use her last name, took $100 of her own money she had saved up through tutoring and donated it to the shelter.

“I always believed in helping those who are less fortunate than I am,” she said. “I’ve just always believed that’s really the way to go.”

Jessica, 15, enjoys helping animals and joined the club earlier this school year. Members get to select a pet from the shelter and encourage others in the community to adopt it.

“The shelter agrees not to euthanize that animal that they have sponsored,” said Claudine Wilkins, executive shelter director of Homeless Pet Clubs. “Once [the pet is adopted], they go on to another and another and another. So in essence, they build traffic into the shelter, which is what they need.”

The group was established in Atlanta in 2010, and chapters of the club are formed within schools, community groups and sports teams, Wilkins said.

“[The children in the clubs] feel like superheroes,” she added. “When they get an animal adopted, they can really say to themselves that they’ve saved a life.”

Wilkins said she was moved by Jessica’s decision to donate to the DeKalb County shelter.

“It was my Christmas wish coming true in that being a child, on her very own, made this wonderful, generous decision to give up something that was hard earned to give to something that was less fortunate than her,” she said. “For me, it was just an act of amazing good will especially for a young heart like that.”

Jessica said she visited the shelter with her fellow club members and thought the money they had raised through the bake sale would be very beneficial there, and she wanted to do more.

The money donated helped the shelter purchase supplies on its wish list, she explained.
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