One couple gathered 125 lbs. for pets in Port-au-Prince – what did you do?

By Linda Marx
Updated February 25, 2010 09:00 PM

For nearly 10 years, Shirley and Charlie Jacobs have helped people and pets in need around their hometown of Delray Beach, Fla., by donating pet food. But in January, their philanthropic interests went global after the devastating disaster in Haiti.

“We were very upset after watching the earthquake reports on TV,” says Shirley, 77, who keeps a brood of five rescue pets. “We saw dogs running around and soon learned there were also cats who may have been overlooked.”

So they called the Red Cross and offered to donate pet food, surmising that the people in Haiti must love pets as much as Americans – and that they are likely sharing their own scarce supplies with them.

After rounding up donations, and making every little bit count, the couple ended up supplying 125 lbs. of dog and cat food to Haiti in January through a representative from a Haitian school who came to their home. “We are so thrilled,” says Shirley, who first told her story to the Palm Beach Post. “We love our pets and feel wonderful about helping others with theirs!”

Every little bit counts! Have you reached out a helping hand to animals in Haiti via a group in your area? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Wish you could help? Check out the ASPCA’s Web site, ask your local shelter about food drives, or visit the SPCA International to donate to their efforts.

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