What were you doing when you were 10 years old? Playing Little League? Playing with Barbies? Changing people’s lives and donating thousands of dollars of supplies? Meet Lucy and Alex of Do it Duo for Pets. Lucy and Alex met and became best friends in pre-school starting at age 5. When Hurricane Sandy hit, the girls were 10 years old. They were very upset about the destruction and all the pictures of the injured and displaced animals. They wanted to help and their mothers helped them come up with a plan. They got together and thought up their name (Do it Duo for Pets) and drew up a flyer asking people for pet donations. The moms assisted with setting up Facebook pages for the purpose of seeing where the need was for the supplies the girls were collecting. Within 3 days the girls had collected enough food and supplies to fill a Chevy Suburban. The first two shelters who were housing displaced and surrendered pets were located and the girls made the first delivery. Within a couple of weeks some animal advocacy groups found them and began spreading the word about their good deeds. The girls then met Detective Larry Donato from the NJSPCA at a pet expo and began to work with him as well to find places in need . What started out as a very small idea to help a few, became a great organization to help many. Currently, Lucy and Alex are currently 11 years old and in fifth grade.
I have 3 rescue dogs myself and have been involved with animal rescue for over 10 years as a donor, volunteer and board member. So their cause is definitely close to my heart. But more than that, I love their story and wanted to highlight it because it shows how 1 person (or in their case 2 people) can make a huge impact. Even though they are young and don’t have big pockets, they have big hearts and are passionate and resourceful and have been able to accomplish so much.
Here are some highlights of their accomplishments: The Duo has opened two pet food pantries – one with the Salvation Army in their Disaster Relief Center in Ortley Beach (Seaside Heights) and one in Brick at Visitation Relief Center with Catholic Charities. They are currently accepting donations for these two causes. They had a large distribution day in Seaside Heights where they handed out over 1 ton of food and supplies directly to the victims of the hurricane. They donated $100 to the Perth Amboy shelter for the care of a handicapped pit bull. They also donated 10 dog and cat Easter baskets for an Easter event at Visitation Relief center. And lastly they have become the NJ Chapter presidents of the KAAC (Kids Against Animal Cruelty) Organization.Some upcoming appearances and events of the Duo are: a radio appearance on 105.7 the Hawk with Hometown Heroes, and a donation day at New Egypt Raceway with their sponsor team Avery Racing on Saturday, April 20th at 5pm. Please check out their Facebook page . Should you wish to donate you can do so here