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After 30 years of service to the animals, Jaye sustained a permanent disabling injury while saving the life of a dog. Devastated by the fact that she could no longer fulfill her duties as a Deputy, Jaye knew that she had to find some way to stay involved with helping animals.
Having always had a love for tigers, lions and other endangered big cats, she founded EARS.
And still, in 2009, Jaye continues her life work. She has been a Finalist for the Animal Planet Hero of the Year award for the past two years. Here is one of the many nominations that were sent in for Jaye:
"Jaye Perrett, 58, retired animal cruelty officer and permanently disabled, delivers food to exotic animal sanctuaries throughout the southeast helping the caregivers struggling with the huge expense of feeding formerly abused and endangered animals and preventing the euthanasia of many big cats. She travels throughout the night often sleeping in her truck so the food is fresh when delivered. In spite of extreme pain and disabilities experienced daily, Jaye has dealt with many blown tires, engine problems, breakdowns, fires and extreme fatigue while on the road which often includes personally getting under the truck or trailer to do the repairs herself. In June she was rear ended by a semi totaling the trailer, but somehow still made arrangements for the meat to be delivered to its destination. With injuries from the accident, she continued to Missouri to make arrangements for another load. Even with poor health, she never waivers from her vision. Traveling everywhere with her are five rescued dogs. She takes no income from her endeavors so she can keep the food affordable for those who need her help. Jaye’s lifelong, no-nonsense commitment to humane and compassionate treatment of all animals is an inspiration to everyone who has the pleasure of knowing her and has encouraged others to become more involved in animal welfare."
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