Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Tue, February 25 2014 at 6:39 PM, Updated: Tue, February 25 2014 at 7:57 PM
Medford, Ore. -- Jennifer Bynum has loved animals ever since she was a little girl. And now she's putting her passion into action by fundraising for the Southern Oregon Humane Society and Jackson County Animal Shelter.
"Animals are such an essential part of our mental health and well being," Brynum said.
She's asking for the community's help to raise money to offset the cost of adoption fees for "hard to place" animals, or animals that get overlooked for adoption.
Some of these pets include dogs and cats with minor behavioral problems. Animals can also be left out because of their age, color, or breed. Bynum says pit bulls and chihuahuas are often last to find homes.
"There's the stereotypes on those two breeds about what they are and what they're capable of," Bynum said.
Bynum said she thought of the idea after coming across a Facebook post about a shelter that euthanized animals they weren't able to sell after 72 hours.
"We write comments and say 'oh how horrible' and what not but it seemed to me that if that's all we ever do nothing really gets done," she said.
So now she's doing something. She's hoping once she reaches her fundraising goal she can help raise money for hard to place animals all over the nation. But Bynum said she wanted to focus on the animals in her community for now.
"I wanted to do something to help my local shelter. I wanted to start small first," Bynum said.
Bynum has raised $600. Her goal is to raise $4,000 to split between the two shelters. If you would like to donate you can visit www.petcaring.com/unlikelytoplacefundraiser
NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.
She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.
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