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Like Oprah, Claudia loves animals, and it broke her heart to watch news reports and see abandoned pets roaming the streets.

Claudia knew she had to do something, so she said goodbye to her two children, two dogs, cat and fish and traveled to Louisiana with the Humane Society. Once in New Orleans, Claudia says she saw starving animals on the streets. "There was nothing to eat for them," she says. "Every animal was without food and clean water."

The Humane Society volunteers set up food stations for animals that were left behind and created an animal shelter at the Dixon Correctional Institution. Claudia worked alongside prisoners to comfort and care for more than 150 animals. "I've learned so much being in this prison," Claudia says. "[I] realized the need for compassion, love and a second chance."
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FROM: Oprah's Favorite Things 2005
Published on November 21, 2005

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