Boy Used Pocket Money to Feed Stray Dogs, Opened a No-kill Animal Shelter at Age 9

From the archives: This story was last updated in September 2019.
While many folks love watching heartwarming “animal rescue” stories, actually saving an animal might not be as easy because it looks. With numerous unfortunate animals out there, we may ask ourselves, “What would I do if I saw a creature in distress?”

This is an inspiring story a few kind boy named Ken Amante, from the Philippines, who wasn't scared or disgusted by the sight of mangy-looking stray dogs. Instead, he saw a chance to assist those unfortunate animals. As he began to assist them more often, Ken’s parents became interested by where their little child was going a day .

Ken wont to refill his backpack with food he bought using his pin money before beginning . at some point in 2014, his father decided to follow him to ascertain what his son was up to. To his astonishment, he discovered his son was feeding stray dogs.
Some of the dogs were just skin and bones. Ken named two young puppies Brownie and Whitey. He assumed one bigger dog, named Blackie, to be their mother. The three animals were covered in gaping sores and had mange, a disease dogs get when all their hair falls out.

The dogs accepted all of the food Ken brought them, though they kept at a distance initially .

Ken’s dad took photos of his kindhearted son feeding the stray dogs and posted them on Imgur. They quickly went viral. The boy’s kind actions got more attention, and other people started reaching bent help. Donations from everywhere the planet began to pour in.

Speaking to HNGN via video conference, Ken said: “Actually, I always loved animals, even once I was young. i used to be keen on them even once I was small. My parents told me that before I could even talk, i used to be already sleeping with my dad’s cat, Hajime-kun. Hajime-kun is 14 now, and he’s still here.”

Although Ken was only 9 at the time, his dream to open a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter was fulfilled. Using the donations he received, the boy established “The Happy Animals Club,” the primary shelter of its kind within the Davao region of the Philippines, on March 31, 2014

“I came up with the thought for the Happy Animals Club once I was thinking that there could also be more kill shelters than actual shelters for animals,” he said, consistent with Metro. “I want to save lots of as many of these dogs as I can from being killed for no reason.”

The family had managed to rent a plot of 10,000 square feet and secure it all round. Ken insisted on stocking only imported dog and cat chow . Cats too were welcomed, also as other animals that were in need of care.

The trio Ken had nursed back to health were the very first ones he took within the shelter. Whitey, Brownie, and Blackie got medical attention and a secure home. Their sores soon healed, and their fur grew back.

The Happy Animals Club remains running today. “Since 2014, we’ve rescued quite 100 starving and sick animals, and provided countless meals to hungry strays,” its website states. because the number of animals increases, more volunteers and donations would be required.

Ken had never imagined in his wildest dreams that his simple act of kindness would begin because it did. he's case in point that caring does pay off, and sometimes it's good to let one’s heart lead the way.

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