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Lowndes girl spends summer fundraising for animals

Lauren Thornton donated $100 in change this week and $7 in cash to the Humane Society in Valdosta.

12-year old Lauren Thornton has a passion for animals and is spending her free time raising money for the Humane Society.

"It's heart breaking when they don't have homes or an owner they can trust," said Thornton.

Thornton attends Hahira Middle School and when she noticed clubs holding fundraisers, she decided she would combine her love for animals with her own fundraiser.

The Humane Society says she brought this box with $107.31 to them three days ago.

"For a little girl to go from one door to another and collect money is outstanding," said John Gates with Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County.

Gates says while many people don't think that's very much money, he says this will help them keep their doors open and help animals.

"The only time we seem to hear anything about kids is when they're bad," said Gates.

Now she hopes to fill this jug.

"I think I can make this happen," said Thornton.

She's painted the jug she says to make it more attractive and calls it "Pennies for Pets."

The Humane Society says they can't thank her enough for helping them out especially when they're already down nearly $15,000 this year. She's staying true to their motto speaking for those who can't speak for themselves.

Last year, the Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County saved 200 animals out of the shelter. Gates says when people donate to the Humane Society of the United States it doesn't trickle down to the local community.

To donate to "Pennies for Pet," call (229) 364-4791.

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