Empathy is a much-needed currency in today’s world. This is especially true for abandoned senior dogs who still have so much love to give and deserve to have their own forever family. Good thing they found a champion in a teenager who knew firsthand how being adopted by the right family can change lives.
Meena Kumar does not need to imagine being abandoned and later on finding a loving adoptive family. She was only nine months old when someone left her in a baby basket at one of the schools in Pune, India. An orphanage took care of her for at least one year until a couple from Mumbai adopted her.
Meena’s love for dogs started when she was still a little girl. She used to love taking care of the puppies at their home in Mumbai. When the family relocated to California, USA, she would visit the nearby San Jose Humane Society during the weekends.
A neighbor introduced her to the Muttville Rescue for Senior Dogs, a nonprofit organization committed to providing second chances to abandoned aging canines. Through the help of dedicated volunteers, they provide care to those usually overlooked dogs at regular shelters in a loving and cage-free environment. Each year, they have succeeded in rehoming an average of 1000 dogs.
Meena started volunteering with them and soon realized how much help these aging dogs need. She also came up with an amazing idea of putting up a business to raise money for the dogs at Muttville. She offered pet-sitting services at her home and pledged to donate whatever earnings she had to help these aging pups find their own loving forever family.
Now at 14, Meena has raked in $7,000 from her little business. Her adoptive dad, who works at Intel, also helped Meena qualify for the corporation’s Volunteer Matching Grant Program. They matched her donation, making it possible for Meena to hand over a total of $14,000 to Muttville Rescue.
The teenage philanthropist said that this is just the beginning. Meena feels strongly in paying forward by helping the senior canines at Muttville. She also encourages everyone to adopt old dogs, especially during these trying times. Thanks, Meena, for being the hero we need and setting up an excellent example for teenagers today.
#ThankYouThursday Please watch and share! Found in a basket at 9 months, adopted at 2, now at 14, Meena helps rescue dogs ♥ Muttville has several wonderful young supporters, and one very passionate young lady is Meena. As an infant, Meena was found in a basket at a college campus in India. She spent a year in an orphanage before she was adopted by a family in San Jose and grew up with a strong empathy for animals that have been left behind.She first learned about Muttville through her neighbor, who was walking an older Muttville dog. Meena and her family have since adopted Bambi, a Chihuahua Spaniel mix. Touched by the plight of dogs who need a forever home, Meena founded PetFairyServices.com a dog-sitting service, with the intention to donate the proceeds to Muttville. So far, she has donated $14,000!! Her fundraising goal for Muttville for 2020 is $25,000! In addition to running Pet Fairy Services, Meena has partnered with Pebble Naturals, which is donating 250 bottles of human-grade pet supplements, with 100% of the profits going towards Meena's fundraising campaign. For those who'd like to help Meena, use the code "MEENA" at PebbleNaturals.com. Meena said, “Many of the senior dogs at Muttville remind me of my grandfather who passed away last year. I want to take the best care of senior dogs, the same way I took care of my grandfather. I want to help them feel at home.” Three cheers for Meena!!
Posted by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Credits to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue