Lost & Found Pets Group-Float Fire

$3,670 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 124 people in 31 months
Kerry Komai
on behalf of Jeananne Phillips Jackson
 MADISON, AL

A 13,000-member Facebook Group, Lost and Found Pets - Huntsville, AL/Madison County, spent months building and decorating a float for the annual Huntsville Christmas Parade, gathering $1,000 worth of materials and adding special touches like working lights, all in an effort to win the $300 prize for best float. They wanted to use the prize money to help pay for more pets to be spayed & neutered.

Now, because of the actions of one careless person, their dreams are literally up in smoke. As they float was on its way to the parade, a driver flicked a lit cigarette butt out the car window, and it landed on the straw surrounding the whimsically detailed 'Whoville' style house. The straw and house quickly caught fire, and though Huntsville Fire Department responded to put out the flames, the float was destroyed.

Read the story about what happened on WHNT's website.


The group has helped reunite 5,000 pets with their owners since creator Jeananne Jackson founded it, so it's especially heartbreaking that something this awful would happen to such an important community resource. 

Let's join together and show our love and appreciation for this group and all they've done for pet owners and animal lovers in and around Huntsville--we can raise that $300 (and maybe more!) to help them with their goal!

Every little bit you can give will help them fund the spaying and neutering of pets in the area, so please don't be afraid to just contribute a couple of dollars.

Can't donate, but still want to help? Join the Facebook group and keep an eye out for any lost pets that are reported in your neighborhood--you might be the hero someone's furbaby needs!

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From Jeananne Jackson:

In an order to be totally transparent with the money that we received through the GoFundMe account and other direct donations - here is where we are sending the money. We will be leaving the GFM account open and please feel free to share so we can help more! (NONE of the funds collected have or will be used to rebuild the float OR repair damages to truck and trailer, unless specifically requested by donor).

The total received, to date, on the GoFundMe account is $3,670.00 (I have a copy of the donation sheet, however, some of the folks chose to be anonymous and the sheet I have shows names so I will not be posting it.)

Total donated: 3,670.00
Fees kept by GFM & Mypay 326.85
> Ck issued for $3,343.15

After much deliberation between Linda Christine Huggins and I, we have chosen 5 local rescues/shelters to give the money to. We wish we could give everyone a piece of the pie, however, that would be impossible. We do plan on having another fundraiser in the new year, and helping some that we missed this time.

We will be giving each one of the following rescues/shelters $650.00, because the attached names, and others, have helped our site tremendously. They take the worst of the worst and try to make them whole again. I am currently making arrangements to meet each and every one of them to present them with the money.

Forgotten Felines - Brittany Danielle Clark
AFK Cat Rescue - Kendra Kamph
The Bones Project - Chase Forrester
Friends of Rescue - Margaret Ann Wheeler Bibb
S.N.A.P. - Lyndsey Torok

The leftover $93.15 will be combined with some donations I personally received and told to use however, and we will be purchasing leashes, harnesses, and toys for Huntsville Animal Services and the Get Along Little Doggie Program - Karen Hill Sheppard Stefany Maples McBride Erin Webb.

I will also be delivering approximately 100 blankets that were donated by my family and friends. Ruffians Circle of Angels - Tammy Sharp, has already received $300.00 from the 96.9 check, $300.00 from a direct donation from NDesigns, and is still due the $300.00 float prize money from McCurry Motors (still waiting on the check to be cut at station).

I hope everyone is happy with the decisions we made. It was very difficult, since there are SO many smaller, deserving rescues and shelters. We will definitely be keeping those folks in mind for any future fundraisers and contributions. Thank you and BLESS you to ALL who helped me make lemonade from lemons. I couldn't have done it alone...
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From Jeananne Phillips Jackson:
19 mins ago

I am the creator and one of the admins for the Lost and Found Pets - Huntsville, AL/Madison County Facebook site. I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually, however, that's literally impossible. So, a HUGE Thank You from the shelters and rescues in Huntsville, AL that will be benefiting from your generous donations. We will soon be distributing 100% of the funds (minus the fees kept by GFM and WePay). The amount received and the organizations benefiting will be posted on our site on Facebook and also as a comment on this page. Again, we THANK YOU for helping Huntsville, AL/Madison County to reunite pets and to work at becoming a NO-KILL county by spaying and neutering!
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Because we have received such an INCREDIBLE outpouring of support and donations, I have raised the goal of the campaign so that anyone inspired to donate can continue to do so this weekend. I cannot tell you how touched, humbled, and amazed everyone in the group is by this phenomenal wave of generosity and love. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who has donated to or shared this cause, and we're VERY excited about all the furbabies we're going to be able to help!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
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AMAZING!!! I've increased our goal again so we can keep donating and sharing. Let's hit that $1,000 mark!!
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Jeananne Phillips Jackson
31 months ago
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I am the creator and one of the admins for the Lost and Found Pets - Huntsville, AL/Madison County facebook site. I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually, however, that's literally impossible. So, a HUGE Thank You from the shelters and rescues in Huntsville, AL that will be benefiting from your generous donations. We will soon be distributing 100% of the funds (minus the fees kept by GFM and WePay). The amount received and the organizations benefiting will be posted on our site on facebook and also as a comment on this page. Again, we THANK YOU for helping Huntsville, AL/Madison County to reunite pets and to work at becoming a NO-KILL county by spaying and neutering!

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Beth K Oglesbee
31 months ago
2
2

This float may not have "floated" in the parade, but it floated all over the world, spreading love and caring. What a blessing to know so many animals will be helped, and that teamwork turned a bad situation into an inspiration. Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared, and cared.

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Josie Liberty
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry to see this happened to you! My sister's dog was adopted from Alabama, and when he backed out of his collar in Massachusetts, a missing dogs volunteer group successfully reunited him. You deserve the best for all the pets AND people that you help! I pray you make thousands more than you dreamed of and can enjoy the holidays with a much larger community to support you in the future.

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Brenda Whittington Taylor
31 months ago
1
1

Actually 8 times more if you reach your goal. Praying you will. God works in mysterious ways.

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Brenda Whittington Taylor
31 months ago
1
1

Something good has come out of this. You will now have 4 times (maybe more) more money and can help so many more animals!

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Debbi Guarin
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened! Jeananne and many other volunteers worked tirelessly on this effort. Very sad but I'm waiting expectantly to see the good that comes out of it! Love Lost and Found Pets... I've had the privilege to be involved with a couple reunions and it makes your heart soar... everyone join!

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Linda Christine Huggins
30 months ago

Jeananne Phillips Jackson December 18 at 8:49pm In an order to be totally transparent with the money that we received through the GoFundMe account and other direct donations - here is the copy of the check that I received Saturday, and where we are sending the money. We will be leaving the GFM account open and please feel free to share so we can help more! NONE of the funds collected have or will be used to rebuild the float OR repair damages to truck and trailer, unless specifically requested by donor. The total received, to date, on the GoFundMe account is $3,670.00 (I have a copy of the donation sheet, however, some of the folks chose to be anonymous and the sheet I have shows names so I will not be posting it.) Total donated: 3,670.00 Fees kept by GFM & Mypay ♥26.85> Ck issued for $3,343.15 After much deliberation between Linda Christine Huggins and I, we have chosen 5 local rescues/shelters to give the money to. We wish we could give everyone a piece of the pie, however, that would be impossible. We do plan on having another fundraiser in the new year, and helping some that we missed this time. We will be giving each one of the following rescues/shelters $650.00, because the attached names, and others, have helped our site tremendously. They take the worst of the worst and try to make them whole again. I am currently making arrangements to meet each and every one of them to present them with the money. Forgotten Felines - Brittany Danielle Clark AFK Cat Rescue - Kendra Kamph The Bones Project - Chase Forrester Friends of Rescue - Margaret Ann Wheeler Bibb S.N.A.P. - Lyndsey Torok The leftover $93.15 will be combined with some donations I personally received and told to use however, and we will be purchasing leashes, harnesses, and toys for Huntsville Animal Services and the Get Along Little Doggie Program - Karen Hill Sheppard Stefany Maples McBride Erin Webb. I will also be deliverying approximately 100 blankets that were donated by my family and friends. Ruffians Circle of Angels - Tammy Sharp, has already received $300.00 from the 96.9 check, $300.00 from a direct donation from NDesigns, and is still due the $300.00 float prize money from McCurry Motors (still waiting on the check to be cut at station). I hope everyone is happy with the decisions we made. It was very difficult, since there are SO many smaller, deserving rescues and shelters. We will definitely be keeping those folks in mind for any future fundraisers and contributions. Thank you and BLESS you to ALL who helped me make lemonade from lemons. I couldn't have done it alone...

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Jeananne Phillips Jackson
30 months ago

In an order to be totally transparent with the money that we received through the GoFundMe account and other direct donations - here is where we are sending the money. We will be leaving the GFM account open and please feel free to share so we can help more! NONE of the funds collected have or will be used to rebuild the float OR repair damages to truck and trailer, unless specifically requested by donor. The total received, to date, on the GoFundMe account is $3,670.00 (I have a copy of the donation sheet, however, some of the folks chose to be anonymous and the sheet I have shows names so I will not be posting it.) Total donated: 3,670.00 Fees kept by GFM & Mypay ♥26.85> Ck issued for $3,343.15 After much deliberation between Linda Christine Huggins and I, we have chosen 5 local rescues/shelters to give the money to. We wish we could give everyone a piece of the pie, however, that would be impossible. We do plan on having another fundraiser in the new year, and helping some that we missed this time. We will be giving each one of the following rescues/shelters $650.00, because the attached names, and others, have helped our site tremendously. They take the worst of the worst and try to make them whole again. I am currently making arrangements to meet each and every one of them to present them with the money. Forgotten Felines - Brittany Danielle Clark AFK Cat Rescue - Kendra Kamph The Bones Project - Chase Forrester Friends of Rescue - Margaret Ann Wheeler Bibb S.N.A.P. - Lyndsey Torok The leftover $93.15 will be combined with some donations I personally received and told to use however, and we will be purchasing leashes, harnesses, and toys for Huntsville Animal Services and the Get Along Little Doggie Program - Karen Hill Sheppard Stefany Maples McBride Erin Webb. I will also be deliverying approximately 100 blankets that were donated by my family and friends. Ruffians Circle of Angels - Tammy Sharp, has already received $300.00 from the 96.9 check, $300.00 from a direct donation from NDesigns, and is still due the $300.00 float prize money from McCurry Motors (still waiting on the check to be cut at station). I hope everyone is happy with the decisions we made. It was very difficult, since there are SO many smaller, deserving rescues and shelters. We will definitely be keeping those folks in mind for any future fundraisers and contributions. Thank you and BLESS you to ALL who helped me make lemonade from lemons. I couldn't have done it alone...

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Valerie Ann
31 months ago

So happy to hear to good news!!!

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Raised by 124 people in 31 months
Created December 1, 2016
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$24
Anonymous
30 months ago
AW
$20
Ashley Wright
30 months ago
FC
$10
Faith Close
30 months ago

Hope this makes your Christmas and those of the animals, a little less Grinch-like.

$250
Anonymous
31 months ago
1
1
JT
$20
Jen Truitt
31 months ago
1
1
FH
$20
Fanny Hoang
31 months ago
1
1
SA
$25
Stephanie Abner
31 months ago
1
1
KF
$25
Kim Farnham
31 months ago
1
1
$25
Misty McDermott
31 months ago
1
1

I am so sad to hear about someone being so careless. I know that you all are devastated. I believe that you all will far exceed your goal and that this money will be put to good use.

TB
$25
Tammy Bradford
31 months ago
1
1
Jeananne Phillips Jackson
31 months ago
2
2

I am the creator and one of the admins for the Lost and Found Pets - Huntsville, AL/Madison County facebook site. I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually, however, that's literally impossible. So, a HUGE Thank You from the shelters and rescues in Huntsville, AL that will be benefiting from your generous donations. We will soon be distributing 100% of the funds (minus the fees kept by GFM and WePay). The amount received and the organizations benefiting will be posted on our site on facebook and also as a comment on this page. Again, we THANK YOU for helping Huntsville, AL/Madison County to reunite pets and to work at becoming a NO-KILL county by spaying and neutering!

+ Read More
Beth K Oglesbee
31 months ago
2
2

This float may not have "floated" in the parade, but it floated all over the world, spreading love and caring. What a blessing to know so many animals will be helped, and that teamwork turned a bad situation into an inspiration. Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared, and cared.

+ Read More
Josie Liberty
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry to see this happened to you! My sister's dog was adopted from Alabama, and when he backed out of his collar in Massachusetts, a missing dogs volunteer group successfully reunited him. You deserve the best for all the pets AND people that you help! I pray you make thousands more than you dreamed of and can enjoy the holidays with a much larger community to support you in the future.

+ Read More
Brenda Whittington Taylor
31 months ago
1
1

Actually 8 times more if you reach your goal. Praying you will. God works in mysterious ways.

+ Read More
Brenda Whittington Taylor
31 months ago
1
1

Something good has come out of this. You will now have 4 times (maybe more) more money and can help so many more animals!

+ Read More
Debbi Guarin
31 months ago
1
1

So sorry this happened! Jeananne and many other volunteers worked tirelessly on this effort. Very sad but I'm waiting expectantly to see the good that comes out of it! Love Lost and Found Pets... I've had the privilege to be involved with a couple reunions and it makes your heart soar... everyone join!

+ Read More
Linda Christine Huggins
30 months ago

Jeananne Phillips Jackson December 18 at 8:49pm In an order to be totally transparent with the money that we received through the GoFundMe account and other direct donations - here is the copy of the check that I received Saturday, and where we are sending the money. We will be leaving the GFM account open and please feel free to share so we can help more! NONE of the funds collected have or will be used to rebuild the float OR repair damages to truck and trailer, unless specifically requested by donor. The total received, to date, on the GoFundMe account is $3,670.00 (I have a copy of the donation sheet, however, some of the folks chose to be anonymous and the sheet I have shows names so I will not be posting it.) Total donated: 3,670.00 Fees kept by GFM & Mypay ♥26.85> Ck issued for $3,343.15 After much deliberation between Linda Christine Huggins and I, we have chosen 5 local rescues/shelters to give the money to. We wish we could give everyone a piece of the pie, however, that would be impossible. We do plan on having another fundraiser in the new year, and helping some that we missed this time. We will be giving each one of the following rescues/shelters $650.00, because the attached names, and others, have helped our site tremendously. They take the worst of the worst and try to make them whole again. I am currently making arrangements to meet each and every one of them to present them with the money. Forgotten Felines - Brittany Danielle Clark AFK Cat Rescue - Kendra Kamph The Bones Project - Chase Forrester Friends of Rescue - Margaret Ann Wheeler Bibb S.N.A.P. - Lyndsey Torok The leftover $93.15 will be combined with some donations I personally received and told to use however, and we will be purchasing leashes, harnesses, and toys for Huntsville Animal Services and the Get Along Little Doggie Program - Karen Hill Sheppard Stefany Maples McBride Erin Webb. I will also be deliverying approximately 100 blankets that were donated by my family and friends. Ruffians Circle of Angels - Tammy Sharp, has already received $300.00 from the 96.9 check, $300.00 from a direct donation from NDesigns, and is still due the $300.00 float prize money from McCurry Motors (still waiting on the check to be cut at station). I hope everyone is happy with the decisions we made. It was very difficult, since there are SO many smaller, deserving rescues and shelters. We will definitely be keeping those folks in mind for any future fundraisers and contributions. Thank you and BLESS you to ALL who helped me make lemonade from lemons. I couldn't have done it alone...

+ Read More
Jeananne Phillips Jackson
30 months ago

In an order to be totally transparent with the money that we received through the GoFundMe account and other direct donations - here is where we are sending the money. We will be leaving the GFM account open and please feel free to share so we can help more! NONE of the funds collected have or will be used to rebuild the float OR repair damages to truck and trailer, unless specifically requested by donor. The total received, to date, on the GoFundMe account is $3,670.00 (I have a copy of the donation sheet, however, some of the folks chose to be anonymous and the sheet I have shows names so I will not be posting it.) Total donated: 3,670.00 Fees kept by GFM & Mypay ♥26.85> Ck issued for $3,343.15 After much deliberation between Linda Christine Huggins and I, we have chosen 5 local rescues/shelters to give the money to. We wish we could give everyone a piece of the pie, however, that would be impossible. We do plan on having another fundraiser in the new year, and helping some that we missed this time. We will be giving each one of the following rescues/shelters $650.00, because the attached names, and others, have helped our site tremendously. They take the worst of the worst and try to make them whole again. I am currently making arrangements to meet each and every one of them to present them with the money. Forgotten Felines - Brittany Danielle Clark AFK Cat Rescue - Kendra Kamph The Bones Project - Chase Forrester Friends of Rescue - Margaret Ann Wheeler Bibb S.N.A.P. - Lyndsey Torok The leftover $93.15 will be combined with some donations I personally received and told to use however, and we will be purchasing leashes, harnesses, and toys for Huntsville Animal Services and the Get Along Little Doggie Program - Karen Hill Sheppard Stefany Maples McBride Erin Webb. I will also be deliverying approximately 100 blankets that were donated by my family and friends. Ruffians Circle of Angels - Tammy Sharp, has already received $300.00 from the 96.9 check, $300.00 from a direct donation from NDesigns, and is still due the $300.00 float prize money from McCurry Motors (still waiting on the check to be cut at station). I hope everyone is happy with the decisions we made. It was very difficult, since there are SO many smaller, deserving rescues and shelters. We will definitely be keeping those folks in mind for any future fundraisers and contributions. Thank you and BLESS you to ALL who helped me make lemonade from lemons. I couldn't have done it alone...

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Valerie Ann
31 months ago

So happy to hear to good news!!!

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