Chicagoan Libby Allen decided to take her money back home to Dayton, Ohio, to support three animal shelters—the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the Success Shelter.
Libby's first step was getting Chris Parlet and the IAMS Corporation involved. Through the IAMS Friends for Life Fund, they challenged people in the community to match Libby's donation to help animals in need. Libby spread her story through interviews with local TV and radio stations, hoping to triple her donation.
Staff members at all three shelters welcomed the donations, saying that the money would go a long way to help their animals. "It provides over 2,000 meals for the pets we have here [and] up to 200 spays and neuters. We are just so happy to receive this donation," Mark Krumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center says.
Libby says that gratitude expressed by the shelter employees was overwhelming. "They came up to me and kept thanking me and thanking me. I felt like I couldn't really accept their thanks because it wasn't really my money. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time." And spending all that time in the shelters led to another development for Libby—a brand-new puppy!