Purcellville resident Sarah Jones has recently started working from her temporary home in Yerevan, Armenia, during the winter to raise money to keep the city’s stray animals warm and also find them suitable homes back in the US, Loudoun Now reports.
Having moved to Armenia in June to accompany her husband on a work assignment, Jones, 41, is working with The Loudoun Pet Sitting Co. to help raise $16,000 to feed the 127 dogs at Armenia’s Pawsitive Rescue animal shelter, while also raising awareness that those dogs need homes in the U.S.
“Once I arrived and saw the situation regarding homeless, injured and abandoned animals here, my heart broke and I had to do something,” she said.
“There’s a huge overpopulation,” she said. “They’re everywhere—I hear them at night.”
Jones has raised close to $3,000 on her GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/Project-Santa-Paws, although there have yet to be any adoptions by Loudoun residents. Lysa Clemens, the owner and founder of The Loudoun Pet Sitting Co., said that she’s spreading the word about the campaign to her clients and the region at large. Her company is also prepared to make a donation of up to $1,000.