Ken, a nine year-old boy living in the Philippines, is an inspiration to all with his animal welfare efforts. At eight years of age, Ken told his dad that he wanted to open an animal shelter. Ken notes his dad replied with, "It would take a lot of money and 20 years for me to get an animal shelter... Only grown-ups can raise enough money to start an animal shelter." Yet, what happened next was astounding and heartwarming. Read on for the story of how Ken's no-kill animal shelter, Happy Animals Club came to be and continues to thrive as Ken saves dogs' lives.
Financial Support Arrives
In February of 2014 some pictures of Ken feeding dogs on the street started circulating on the Internet. Financial donations of support soon followed, which resulted in the launch of the Happy Animals Club.
A Starter Shelter
Happy Animals Club is Ken’s starter shelter, a non-profit, no-kill shelter situated on a 1,000 square meter (10,000 square feet) lot.
Ken’s Caring Methods
After Ken received enough money to get the dogs he was feeding off the street, he fed them high quality canned food, and provided them with veterinary care. Ken says, “They gained a LOT of weight, their open wounds healed, and their fur grew back. They also learned not to be scared of humans.”
Right now Ken’s secondary goal, beyond feeding and caring for dogs and finding them homes, is to rescue dogs from the city pound, a place where most dogs are euthanized. Ken says, “The official at the pound said most dogs are put down because only 20-30% of owners claim their dogs, and no animal welfare organization is doing something about it. I want to save as many of those dogs as I can from being killed for no reason.”
Expenses to Care for the Dogs
It’s expensive, no doubt to care for dogs in need, but Ken is doing a great job and has a full account of how he spends donated money posted on his website.
Want to Help?
Ken says, “Please help me develop the animal shelter by volunteering, holding seminars at your school or company, or donating funds for dog food and veterinary care. Happy Animals Club is autonomous and independently managed by me with help from volunteers (currently my dad, he complains that he is an “involunteer”). Happy Animals Club is not affiliated with anyone or any organization that supports euthanizing stray dogs.” If you’d like to help, check out Ken’s Happy Animals Club website. You can see more sweet pictures of Ken caring for his dogs and learn more about making a donation.
Images via Happy Animals Club