How An NFL Player’s Generous Donation Helped 181 Animals Find New Homes

One less hurdle to finding a family.

This NFL defensive lineman tackled a major issue for sheltered animals. The Jacksonville Jaguars' Malik Jackson put his money toward some of the critters he loves most — cats and dogs — while at the same time creating history for the Jacksonville Humane Society.

The weekend of May 6-7 was recorded as one of the biggest adoption weekends ever at the JHS. In partnership with Jackson's foundation, Malik's Gifts, and PetSmart Charities, little furry friends were adopted at the JHS and PetSmart locations during the two-day event. In fact, Jackson paid for 181 adoptions, making the take-home process for the new pet owners more affordable.

"He came on Sunday, and everyone was really excited to see him," Lindsay Layendecker, the development manager at JHS, told SB Nation.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound player greeted fans and met with new families, as well as some of the dogs and cats up for adoption.

"The coolest part was when some of the adopters actually got to thank him for providing the adoption fees," Layendecker added.

Not only were the new pet owners falling in love with their adopted friends, but Jackson found it difficult not to leave with some himself.

"I think he's going to end up [adopting], he fell in love with about 10 of them," Malik's Gifts Director Rodney Smith told SB Nation.

"Malik has this special quality about him," Smith added. "Not only did he put up his money, but he makes himself available."

Since joining the Jaguars in 2016, following his stint as a player for the Denver Broncos, Jackson has donated nearly $80,000 of his own money into the community of Jacksonville.

"We couldn't save lives without him," Layendecker said.

(H/T: SB Nation)