Published: Oct 10, 2011 9:12 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Domestic Animal Services (D.A.S.) is appreciative of the time and talents donated by its many volunteers, but today a young woman has truly gone above and beyond.

Ariana Eichler, 14, who has been volunteering at D.A.S. since January 2010, raised $700 for the D.A.S. Donation Trust Fund.

Recently Ariana, a student at Seacrest Country Day School, rescued an injured piglet named Angel, from a farm near her home. As Ariana nursed the piglet back to health, she began to realize the importance of the D.A.S. Donation Trust Fund and the great need of medical care for injured homeless animals. Ariana decided to raise money for the D.A.S. Donation Trust Fund.

With donated items from Ariana’s friends, she was able to put together gift baskets to sell at a gala at her neighborhood club house. In just one day, Ariana was able to raise $700 for the Donation Trust Fund.

D.A.S. commends Ariana for her ingenuity and dedication to the welfare of animals.

The Board of County Commissioners and D.A.S. have created the D.A.S. Donation Trust Fund to ensure funds will be available to pay for potential adopted animals’ emergency and/or special medical needs. 

For more information, call Daniel Christenbury, D.A.S. Public Information Specialist at 252-6956 or 252-PETS.