Dogs at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona are enjoying an improved chance of getting adopted, following a random act of kindness when an anonymous investor made a donation to the shelter after making profits in Dogecoin.
On Saturday, April 17th, 2021, an unnamed woman walked into the Halifax Humane Society and made a donation that covered the adoption fees for all the dogs that were ready for adoption at the time. The donation covered the adoption fees for 21 dogs that were at the shelter waiting to find a new home.
Speaking to the press, Barry Kukes, the community outreach director for the Halifax Humane Society reported that the unnamed woman had a windfall from an investment she made in Dogecoin. The windfall changed her life, and by making a donation to the dog shelter, she was giving back to society.
Kukes believes that the generous donation should help the 21 dogs get adopted much faster due to the subsidized adoption costs.
The generous woman did not, however, want any attention from her donation, and therefore, she requested not to be identified and put the donation under the name “Dogecoin.”
The donation came following a bullish week that saw the value of Dogecoin rise by more than 500%, catapulting the meme-based cryptocurrency into the fifth most valuable cryptocurrency, with a market cap of close to $50 billion.
Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency inspired by the Doge meme that was popular in 2013. The cryptocurrency is themed after the Shiba Inu dog, which is prominently displayed on the cryptocurrency’s logo. It was created in 2013 by Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus. The two initially created Dogecoin as a joke. To their surprise, however, the digital currency gained popularity among crypto enthusiasts.
Perfectly Timed Donation
Over the last couple of days, the price of Dogecoin has skyrocketed, pushed in part by mentions from prominent people like Elon Musk, who has consistently tweeted about the digital currency. The cryptocurrency has also played a critical role in raising money for various charities around the world.
Speaking to the press, Kukes added that the donation couldn’t have come at a better time for the organization, since they had recently taken in 42 dogs – 24 adults and 18 puppies – that were suspected to be part of a dog fighting ring.
The dogs were rescued from a property on Reva Street in Daytona Beach, where they were found living in deplorable conditions. All the rescued dogs were pit bulls, a breed that is commonly used in the banned sport of dog fighting, and many of the dogs had injuries that were likely to have been sustained from dogfighting.
While some of the rescued dogs have already been adopted, thanks to other organizations stepping in, Kuke added that the organization is always in need of more space to house more pets, and therefore, the donation would go a long way in helping them care for more dogs.
Despite the adoption fees having been paid for by the anonymous donor, the Halifax Humane Society maintained that people interested in adopting the dogs would still have to be vetted.