Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson recently took it upon himself to help pets find homes in the area. The Jacksonville Humane Society posted the following note on their official website:
“This past weekend (5/6 & 5/7) 181 pets found loving homes thanks to the generosity of Malik Jackson of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ foundation, Malik’s Gifts, and PetSmart Charities.”
They went on to note that the shelters had been filled to capacity. What often stands in the way is the cost. Though much less than buying a puppy from a breeder, people can’t always pay for the adoption fees, shots, food, and everything else that goes along with getting a new pet.
That’s where Jackson came in. After winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, he was one of the biggest names on the free agent market. The Jaguars signed him for six years and over $85 million. He certainly has the money to cover those fees, so he just came in and paid for anyone who wanted to adopt an animal. The Humane Society said it was one of the biggest events they’d ever seen as 181 pets found new homes.
Jackson clearly does care about the event. He didn’t just cut a check at the end of the day and call it good. He came down and met people who were adopting pets on his dime, signing autographs. People took pictures with him and their new dogs and cats. It was a way to give back, to help pets who needed it, and to connect with the fans all at the same time.