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11-year-old uses birthday to help furry friends in need

(Source: Christy Brumbaugh/KFVS) (Source: Christy Brumbaugh/KFVS)

Most 11-year-old girls would hope for a big celebration full of gifts for their birthday.

However, one Cape Girardeau County pre-teen wished to help furry friends instead.

Ryleigh Welker turned 11 on Aug. 23. She had a birthday party on Saturday.

Instead of asking for gifts for herself, she hoped everyone would bring supplies or a donation for the Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Jackson.

Her mom, Christy Brumbaugh, says Welker has a big passion for helping and saving animals.

It was Welker's idea to turn her birthday into a way to help animals in need.

In total, Welker raised $250 in cash, a $50 PetCo gift card, and a car-load of supplies for the animal sanctuary.

Safe Harbor posted online saying Welker "is simply amazing!"

Deena Williams with Safe Harbor also posted online saying:

I think I'm correct when speaking for all of us at the shelter today that we were speechless when we saw all the donations and overwhelmed with emotions when we found out all this came to us because of Ryleigh. We are truly blessed to have such great and caring people to be a part of the safe harbor family

Welker has a future in helping animals. She now plans to volunteer at the animal sanctuary.

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