DALLAS COUNTY, Ark. - A Dallas County family shares a passion for animals. Tonight we Pay it 4Ward to a Carthage woman who also shares her own property, so stray cats and dogs can have a safe place to call home.
It takes a lot of love to run a full time animal rescue
"Come here baby girl," Margaret Noles, this week's Pay it 4Ward recipient, said.
"It affects everybody in your family whether they want to be in it or not," Mandy Noles, the one who nominated Margaret, said.
Mandy Noles' mother, Margaret, will be the first to tell you she's not your average retiree.
"I don't know what else I'd be doing. I don't like to do ladies luncheons and I can't read all day everyday. I just enjoy it," Margaret said.
The 82-year-old cancer survivor doesn't miss a beat.
"She'll be hauling bags of feed, cleaning..." Mandy said.
Margaret used to roam this land with her 10 brother and sisters...
"There's a lot of love on this land," Margaret said.
In 2014, her property became a place of care and comfort for dozens of cats and dogs.
"Oh Lord, if you could just see some of the things we've seen, it would make you sick and then you'll really want to do this," Margaret said.
"She's got a gift for it. She can soothe and settle the ones that really need it," Mandy said.
"That's Alfred, Jasper, Scarlett..." Margaret said, of the animals.
The pens at Morning Meadow Animal Rescue are full, but this pup fills Margaret's heart.
"That dog... he loves me better than anything. If I fall, here comes that dog to push me up," Margaret said, laughing, of her Great Pyrnees dog.
Margaret, along with a swarm of barking dogs, had some unexpected visitors Friday...
KARK and McDonalds Paid it 4Ward to Margaret with a $250 Visa gift card.
"Awww... For me?" Margaret asked.
"For you!" Ronald McDonald said.
The look on Margaret's face said it all.
As for what she's going to do with the money... "Buy dog feed. Haha."
A reward for a selfless Arkansan, opening her home to the abandoned until they're adopted.
"Listen - the animals thank me everyday," Margaret said.
The non-profit also works with groups in other states. 384 animals have been transported for adoptions since 2010.
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