+
Chiefs player celebrates Super Bowl victory by paying adoption fees for over 100 shelter dogs
via Jeffrey Beall / Wikimedia Commons

Editor's note: We are re-sharing some of the best moments and most important stories of 2020. Although it was a difficult year for nearly all of us, there were also shining moments of light and signs of hope. This was one of them.


The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday. You know who also was a big winner after the game? Over 100 shelter dogs at the KC Pet Project.

Kansas City defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is celebrating the Chiefs' victory by paying the adoption fees for every dog currently available on the site.

"KC Pet Project cares for over 10,000 pets a year, so partnerships like this are so wonderful to help our pets find loving, forever homes. We're thrilled and honored that Derrick Nnadi chose to do this to help us save lives in Kansas City," Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer at KCPP, said according to NBC News.


"Our community is on cloud nine following last night's win and this is such a heartwarming story to go along with this huge victory," she continued.

People have been flocking to the shelter since the announcement.

"We had a huge line of people at our locations this morning to adopt, which is just wonderful! So far, many pets are going home and we're so excited for them," Fugate said.

Nnadi is passionate about pet adoption after falling in love with his first dog, Rocky, that he adopted while in college.

"All my life I always wanted a dog," Nnadi told CNN. "Growing up I didn't have a pet, my parents didn't really allow pets."

"When I first got him, he was very timid," Nnadi continued. "It made me think of how other animals, whether they're owned or in a shelter, are feeling scared and alone."

This isn't the first time he's helped out the KC Pet Project. Earlier in the season, he pledged to pay the adoption fees for one dog every time the Chiefs won. That's 15 games, including the postseason.

KC Pet Project has a fantastic track record for helping dogs, cats, bunnies and other pets find forever homes. Last year, it had a 95.2% save rate and adopted 7,619 pets.

View this post on Instagram
Derrick Nnadi is a true champ!! 🙏🐶🙏
A post shared by Upworthy (@upworthy) on Feb 3, 2020 at 10:24am PST

The organization plays a vital role in animal services for Kansas City by managing its animal shelter. KC Pet Project has also put in a bid to take over the city's entire animal control division.

The Kansas City animal control division has been criticized for being "far too ineffective at rescuing animals, while sometimes being too quick to reunite them with abusive owners."

"Animal control is still operating the way that it has been. We need that to change," animal rights activist Carol Coe told The Star. "Nobody sees it changing as long as it's under the auspices of the city. It's just been a long slog trying to get them to believe it can be different."

"I think the mentality would be completely different if KC Pet Project were running it," Coe adds, describing that mentality as one of "sheer will."

Photo: Jason DeCrow for United Nations Foundation

Honorees, speakers and guests on stage at We the Peoples

True

Some people say that while change is inevitable, progress is a choice. In other words, it’s a purposeful act—like when American media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner established the United Nations Foundation 25 years ago.

Keep ReadingShow less
Photo pulled from video

Texas dad giving heartfelt speech.

This article originally appeared on 07.06.17


A baseball cap on his head, his hands tucked snugly in his front blue jean pockets, Ken Ballard stood in front of a room of onlookers, admittedly a little out of his element.

But the issue at hand was so critical, Ballard said, he couldn't keep quiet.

Keep ReadingShow less
True

Innovation is awesome, right? I mean, it gave us the internet!

However, there is always a price to pay for modernization, and in this case, it’s in the form of digital eye strain, a group of vision problems that can pop up after as little as two hours of looking at a screen. Some of the symptoms are tired and/or dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain1. Ouch!

Keep ReadingShow less
Photo from Pixabay

Courage and coming forward after a sexual assault

This article originally appeared on 10.12.17


"Why didn't she say anything sooner?"

It's the question that frustrates sexual assault prevention advocates and discredits the victims who bravely come forward after they've been targeted.

Stars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — who both disclosed to The New York Times they'd been sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein years ago — are among the latest women now having to trudge through a predictable wave of victim-blaming following their disclosures.

Keep ReadingShow less

Fox was granted the award for his contributions to Parkinson's disease research through his foundation.

Following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease back in the early '90s, beloved “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox became an unwavering advocate for others living with the condition. His Michael J. Fox Foundation, founded in 2000, has become the leading provider of funds for Parkinson's research in the world. A large chunk of that research goes into investigating potential cures for the disease.

His contributions to Parkinson's research were highlighted at the 13th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Los Angeles as a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors individuals "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

As the now-retired actor took to the stage to accept his honorary Oscar, he delivered a speech full of emotion, grace and a sense of humor that shoots straight to the heart.

Keep ReadingShow less
Photo pulled from YouTube video

Animated short about closeted love.

This article originally appeared on 07.31.17


After much breathless waiting and anticipation, the animated kids short "In a Heartbeat" was finally released on July 31, 2017.


The four-minute short film — which follows a closeted boy as he "runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams" — has captivated certain corners of the internet since its trailer was released in May and instantly went viral.

Keep ReadingShow less