"I worked at a vet for two years, and I saw the people who [adopted pets] just so that animals can have a better place to live," she says. "That's where I want to spend my $1,000—helping them."
Amanda visits the Nicholasville Road Animal Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, wanting to pay off veterinary bills for clients in need. The clerk pulls up the accounts for three clients: an organization providing discount spaying and neutering services, a cat rescue organization and a struggling pet owner.
Amanda pays the bills and donates the rest of her money to the hospital for low-cost spaying and neutering.
After making her donations, Amanda feels great. "The rest of the night, I was on a sort of high," she says. "I know exactly what Oprah was telling us about the feeling after you give someone something."