Pay it Forward: Marissa Oakland

July 06, 2017 07:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Visit the Freeborn County Humane Society and you'll likely find dogs, and cats and Marissa Oakland.

"She’s a very giving, warm-hearted person," Holly Miller told us. “She is so helpful with the Humane Society. She spends all her extra time transporting animals to get them spayed and neutered. Gives her time and money, fosters animals on a normal basis."


That’s what prompted Holly to nominate Marissa Oakland for the latest ABC 6 – Home Federal “Pay It Forward” Award and the 600 dollars that goes with it.

"I've always kind of liked cats,” Oakland told us after we surprised her with the award at the Humane Society building in Albert Lea. “But I do both, I do dogs and cats. I let the dogs out, take care of them, feed them, and then I give like vaccines for the cats and stuff."

It’s not uncommon for Marissa Oakland to spend 20 hours a week at the humane society.

"I do it to give back to the animals, they need somebody that will come down here and help take care of them. I go home feeling good about it, and feeling like I've achieved something, just helping them," she said.

"I think by doing something small makes it better in general because a little bit goes a long way in the future," Oakland said.

“We're a part of the community and we want to make our communities better, either through volunteerism or supporting businesses and organizations," said Home Federal’s Kevin Lafrance.

“And I hope this just exposes people to look outside, find your interest and what speaks to your heart and go help with it," said Miller.


Dan Conradt

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