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Lesa McCracken - Finding Forever Homes for Animals in Need

This week's 'Pay it Forward' begins in a north Bradley County neighborhood where we meet our nominator, Virginia Wilkins.

She wants to recognize her friend's tireless efforts to foster stray, feral, and abandoned felines.

Virginia tells me, "I'm 'Paying it Forward' to my friend Lesa down the road who is absolutely fantastic. She is devoted to saving all the animals."

Virginia is talking about Lesa McCracken who runs a rescue for cats and kittens.

"She actually runs a daycare from half past 7 in the morning 'til half past 5. Once the little ones go she cooks for her family. And, I think afterwards she's collecting from animal control. She's setting traps. I don't think she ever stops," Virginia says.

Virginia knows this $500 gift will go far for her friend. So, we hop in the car and head to Lesa's house.

Lesa is smiling and a little apprehensive as she answers the door.

A beaming Virginia counts out the cash and says, "On behalf of the McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 I would like to 'Pay it Forward' to you for all the good work you've done for our furry friends. Hold your hand out. One, two, three, four, five (hundred dollars)!

Lesa squeals with excitement and chokes back tears of joy.

This mother of three's mission has meant hours devoted each day to finding felines in need, feeding them, getting them spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

Each Saturday Lesa works to place the rescues with people who visit the Cleveland Petco.

"Year before last I had found homes for over 326 (cats). This year I'm well over 400," she exclaims.

Lesa knows that each cat or kitten she rescues is one less animal in a shelter or on the streets.

Cuddling one of her own pets she looks down and reflects, "Just knowing that you saved that life, it's just a feeling you'll never forget."

CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can adopt a cat or kitten in need of a loving home or how to make monetary donations to the McCracken Kitty Kat Farm.Lesa McCracken - Finding Forever Homes for Animals in Need

Monday, January 27 2014, 06:36 PM EST

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