In February, photos of Ken feeding dogs on the street circled the Internet and immediately created a frenzy of people who wanted to help. “I felt sorry for the dogs with no owners while other dogs around the world are being pampered,” Ken tells Pet360 in an email. “it wasn’t really fair. Plus they were really skinny.”
When Ken began giving food to the dogs, which were malnourished and had health problems, the pups would not let the boy come close. But after several feedings, the dogs warmed up to Ken and allowed the boy to help them.
When animal lovers found out what Ken was doing, donations started to roll in, and Ken and his father were able to start a non-profit animal shelter called Happy Animals Club. The donations helped three dogs—Blackie, Brownie and White Puppy—receive high-quality canned food and veterinary treatment. After two months with Ken at Happy Animals Club, the dogs look like completely different animals and will be available for adoption soon.
In May, Ken and his father leased a 10,000-square-foot lot, where Ken hopes to build a functioning, no-kill animal shelter to help more dogs in need. “I want the dogs to have a home, where they can have shelter, eat and have fun,” says Ken.
Right now, Ken doesn’t have enough money to get the shelter off the ground, but all future donations will go directly to the cause.