Forever homes: adopted 14-year-old helps senior dogs get adopted

She has raised an amazing $14,000 with the goal of finding homes for senior dogs. Today, Meena Kumar…
14-year-old helps senior dogs get adopted

She has raised an amazing $14,000 with the goal of finding homes for senior dogs.

Today, Meena Kumar is 14 years old and living in San Jose, California, with her adoptive parents from Mumbai.

Back when she was nine months old, though, she was found in a basket. She was abandoned at a Pune, India, college campus, and she spent the next year of her life at an orphanage.

Before she and her family moved to the United States, Meena looked after a puppy litter at home in Mumbai. In California, she needed to get her dog fix somewhere else. So, she started visiting the Humane Society and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue—nearly every weekend.

When Meena heard about Muttville Senior Dog Rescue from a neighbor with a dog from the rescue, Meena wanted to volunteer. The rescue looks after senior dogs who are often overlooked in shelters.

Meena, knowing what feeling left behind was like, “wanted to help the senior dogs find the loving homes they deserve, just like she did.” But Meena, at just 12 years old, was five years short of the minimum age for volunteers at the shelter.

She didn’t let that stop her from taking action.

Meena started Pet Fairy Services, a pet-sitting business promoted on the neighborhood hub service Nextdoor. While she is looking after the pets of friends and neighbors, she is directly supporting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Over the last two years, she has raised and donated $7,000 to the shelter. Her father works at Intel, and the company has a donation matching program. So, Meena’s donations grew to total of $14,000.

Now 14 years old, Meena is hoping to continue to support Muttville. She wants more older dogs to find homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she says, “We need their love more than ever.”

Article source: CNN

Featured image source: Jayashree Subrahmonia

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