Siblings Give to Animal Shelters in lieu of Birthday Gifts


In the age of social media, many people say children are sometimes self-centered, but this sibling pair is far from that.

Jessie Carr explains the simple reasoning behind why she and her little brother, Billy, both choose to give to animal shelters rather than receive gifts for their birthdays.

“Because these animals need things, and they need to get a home,” she said. 

Most recently, her brother Billy gave all dozens of items, including food, toys, and cat littler, to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Their parents gave them both the option, and they went with  giving is better than receiving. The Carrs aren’t even from here. They’re from the Pittsburgh area, but something about Jefferson County caught their attention.

“I always see the posts on Facebook,” said Jessie and Billy’s mother Edie Carr. “They’re always doing wonderful things, and they really work hard to promote the animals and get them homed, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to help a smaller place.”

The Carrs also know a Jefferson County Humane Society board member and plan on doing some volunteering with the shelter now as well.

“We’ve always loved animals. We’ve done a lot of things with the zoo. We do things as a family like that. They just enjoy playing with them, petting them, seeing them,” added Edie. 

But Billy sums it up best:

“Because it would be important to give them the stuff that they needed. Because if they did not have a home, never ever, then, what would they do?”

If you would like to help out as well, there are several ways to get involved with the animal shelter. If you cannot adopt yourself, you can do what the Carrs did and donate food and other pet necessities.  They are also gearing up for their annual “Dueling Pianos Party” which is St. Patrick’s Day weekend. If you would like to sponsor it or buy tickets, you can call 740-314-5583.

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