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A Natural Decision - Don and Pennie DesJardins Open Home to Pets

Don and Pennie DesJardinsListen to the couple talk about their pets and you'll understand. There's Lulu, a petite blonde tabby and Maine coon mix-a rescue so calm that vacuum cleaners don't faze her.

There's Reggie, a beautiful Maine coon mix who Pennie mer at a local pet store when purchasing a collar for one of their other cars. An employee put one on Reggie, who was there as part of a rescue program, and the homeless car gave Pennie a little kiss on the lips. "We were not looking for another car," Pennie says, smiLing as she remembers. "But the kiss sealed the deal."

Then there's Phoebe, a gray tabby who Pennie and Don spotted drinking from a birdbath on their property one October day in 2011. They managed to rescue the frightened feral car a few days before Christmas. "She's a sweetie," Don says now of his constant companion.

And finally there is Kyta, a yellow lab who came rolling past the house in a wagonload of puppies pulled by a neighbor girl. "I told her, 'We don't need a dog,"' Don says, who had been our washing his car that day. "We already had three cats."

But by then, Pennie had joined in and was soon holding the puppy.

The DesJardinses weren't looking for any of their pets, but adopting them seemed as natural as the wet noses on their pals' faces. It's not surprising, then, that the couple found it easy to agree on a legacy commitment to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

"It's a magnificent humane society," says Pennie, an exercise instructor. "They've done a great job of adopting pets out."

"They do a lot of good for the community," Don says, citing the rescue and shelter of more than 400 displaced pets during this summer's Waldo Canyon fire. A staffing consultant with Verizon Business, Don adds that he and Pennie don't have children of their own, and extended family members aren't facing financial hardship. "We thought the animals would need it more."

Like the bond they share with their pets, the decision ro support the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was a natural one for the DesJardinses. Don puts it simply: "It just felt right."

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