Published: Jun 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-Third graders in Okinawa, Japan are working hard to save the lives of animals in need of new homes.  Ms. Karen Strawn's class has been raising money for Okinawa American Animal Rescue Society for four years and has already donated more than $1800 to OAARS.  They also helped 8 shelter dogs get new families in the states.  WINK Morning Anchor Lindsay Liepman recently adopted one of the Alabama rescue dogs sent to the Naples Humane Society in Southwest Florida.  When Ms. Strawn's third graders heard about Savannah Hope's survival story, they sent us three bookmarks.  The class sells the bookmarks to benefit OAARS.  For more information check out  If you'd like more information on the Alabama rescue animals that are available for adoption at the Naples Humane Society go to