When Cooper England, a preschooler at East Dallas Developmental Center, celebrated his fourth birthday, he asked his friends and classmates to give him dog and cat food instead of gifts. “Cooper is a huge animal lover,” says his mom, Jo England. All told, Cooper collected about 200 pounds of dog and cat food, which he donated to the Dallas Animal Services Adoption Center.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.