Mahatma Gandhi said that “my life is my message.” This was certainly true of Paul Jolly, board member and friend of Actors and Others for Animals. Paul knew from an early age that he wanted to help animals and inspire others to do the same. He lived this message every day be it rescuing a homeless animal, helping fellow advocates, or stuffing gift bags. And he never let the hard times get him down, nor did he ever complain. Even when he was no longer able to walk, no longer able to work, and no longer able to talk – robbed of these bodily functions we all take for granted by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Paul shared our belief that if we wanted to stop the destruction of innocent animals, we needed to stop unwanted animals from being born, and was a strong advocate for spaying and neutering which led him to join our Board of Directors in 1989. In 1999 Paul was given the task of establishing the Petco Foundation by Petco which he had joined right out of college. There he raised more than $115 million and worked with over 8,000 animal welfare organizations.
If there was one thing that Paul regretted is that he felt he had so much more work to do, so many more animals to help. Well Paul, don’t worry. We are honored to carry your flame lighting our way as we continue to help animals in need. You taught us well!