Kids love and adore animals until they develop a deep connection that makes them inseparable at times. However, for Haley Hooper, a 16-year-old girl from Atlanta, helping animals has always been her passion ever since she was just a little kid.
“I got my first dog named Penny when I was 6,” Hooper told The Dodo. “Before then I had collected stuffed animals since I could not have a real pet yet! As a young girl knowing homeless animals were out there and helpless, I knew I needed to help them.”
When she was 9 years old, she started a local charity Kingswood Fun Run, which not only promotes an active lifestyle for people of all ages but also to help a local animal shelter called Atlanta Humane Society.
“When I decided to make my run benefit a charity, I did not need to look very long to find one,” Hooper said.
All of the proceeds from the run she founded would go to the group, to help all the animals in their shelter.
“I love the Atlanta Humane Society because I know exactly where the money is going,” Hooper told. “Through the years, I have learned about the cost of heartworm treatment, puppy shots and spay and neuter programs and I have incorporated that information into my sponsorship levels. I know that every donation is going to improve the lives of sweet, loving animals.”
While most teens in the neighborhood were busy doing something else, Hooper was helping shelter animals by raising over $43,000 for the AHS since she started the race in 2009.
And she’s not stopping anytime soon. Hooper hopes to raise $100,000 before she takes off to college.
“Every penny counts towards improving the lives of many four-legged friends,” Hooper said. “A particularly moving moment was last year, arriving at the AHS, they told me that using some of the money I had raised they had rescued over 60 animals from a puppy mill. I know that my work is paying off for countless animals.”
Her plan is to make sure she raises enough money to save as many shelter animals as she can.
If only kids today are like her, the world would be a much better place to live in.
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Source: The Dodo