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Girl’s work funds pet donations at Alabama animal shelter

December 22, 2019 GMT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Money raised by an 11-year-old girl to help a north Alabama animal shelter is being used to fund animal adoptions as an early Christmas treat.

The Cullman Times reported that sixth-grader Denna Chivers has been helping the Cullman County Animal Shelter for three years by holding yard sales and giving the proceeds to the operation.

The girl’s mother, BethAnn Chivers, said she raised $400 one year and $1,400 the next. She raised $3,000 this year, which was used to purchase some equipment. The shelter decided to use the remainder of the money to offer free adoptions to people looking for a new pet.

A shelter worker said the offer started Thursday.

Denna said she loves all animals, but dogs and cats are her favorite. Animals are a passion that follows Denna wherever she goes, her mother said.

“Whenever we go on vacation, whether it’s in Indiana or Pittsburgh — wherever we are, she finds the shelter there. We call ahead of time, and find out what their needs are. She uses her allowance or birthday money, and she buys stuff for the animals,” said Chivers.