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ALEXANDRIA, La. - According to the humane society, every eight seconds a cat or dog is put down in an animal shelter, which is one reason a family in Alexandria is doing all they can to rescue and find a loving home for every animal in need. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane has the story.

Monica Ranburger has always loved animals, which is why her family is on a mission to rescue every animal that is neglected and in need of a home.

"When we see an animal like that we like to take it in, cats, dogs, whatever because they are all living creatures and should treat them all equal," says Monica Ranburger.

"All animals need help like us humans," says Daniel Ranburger.

Back in January we told you about Ms. Ranburger rescuing willow who she says was found in horrible condition.

"She was really really skinny, I mean just skin and bones, she was in horrible shape, she had feces all over her, mud, the padding of her feet was gone, it was just sores, it was awful, it was really bad," says Monica Ranburger.

After nine months of love, compassion, a lot of care and food, willow has gained almost twenty pounds and is now part of the Ranburger family.

"She likes to run around with us, she loves us to death like we're her family," says Daniel Ranburger.

Ms. Ranburger has now created a Facebook page dedicated to willow where you can follow her best friend's progress and request help with any animals that are neglected.

"If they want to find homes for their animals they can send me a message on "Saving Willow" with a picture of the animal and if I have to take it in, I'll take it in. Or I can just find it a home, that way there are no neglected animals out there," says Monica Ranburger.

According to the Humane Society every year, four million cats and dogs are put down in animal shelters across America. That is why the Ranburgers do what they do. They say they encourage others to take on the challenge...and expand their family.

"My kids they worked with her and worked with her, they love her, she's like part of the family," says Monica Ranburger.

To view the "Saving Willow" Facebook page you can visit this link http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Saving-Willow-Help-save-animals-from-neglect-and-abuse/175712065869852

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