09/06/2013 03:03 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

Donald Jacobs Donates Amputated Leg To Search And Rescue Training For Dogs In Alaska

Donald Jacobs lost his leg but he didn't lose his sense of purpose -- or his sense of humor.

Jacobs, 65, donated his amputated limb to Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs so that the group can train its canines to locate human remains, KTUU reported. But before doctors in Washington state removed the leg, Jacobs had the words "DOG BONE For Search & Rescue Dogs" scrawled on it and had a good laugh, as seen in the segment above. His limb was to be frozen and shipped to Anchorage, the station noted.

Jacobs, who serves on the board of Seeking Alaska's Missing, said he wanted to honor Samantha Koenig, the teen who was kidnapped and killed last year. Paul Stoklos of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs told the outlet that the group needed real cadaver parts to properly train the animals and was grateful for such a large piece.

Jacobs' eagerness to help comes in the face of increasing personal hardship. According to a fund-raising page apparently set up by his family, he is now a quadriplegic with a sizable financial burden. He needs to relocate from remote Valdez, Alaska, to a modified home in Anchorage that is close to medical facilities. But until the family can secure a properly outfitted place and van, the VA hospital in Puget Sound could not release him, an introductory letter explains.

Those who would like to donate to Jacobs can click here.

Those who would like to donate money to Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs, a Sec.501 (c)(3) nonprofit, can visit here.