14-year-old Meena Kumar started her own pet sitting business so she could help senior dogs find their forever homes.
Meena Kumar was abandoned in a basket placed on a college campus in Pune, India, when she was only nine months old. She spent a year in an orphanage before being adopted by a kindhearted couple who eventually brought her over to San Jose, California, in the United States. As a little baby, she would spend her time playing with a litter of puppies at her home. When she moved to San Jose, she and her parents would spend almost every weekend at the local Humane Society or at the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Now, at 14 years old, Meena has started a pet sitting service so she can help senior dogs find their own forever homes too, CNN reports.
Teen forsaken as a baby helps senior dogs find forever home ‘just like I did’https://t.co/jiFksyDzaJ— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 31, 2020
The Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is a cage-free dog rescue organization that aims to give senior dogs a "second chance at life." Every year, Muttville rescues approximately 1,000 dogs. The organization is able to do what it does with the help of volunteers. Meena discovered Muttville two years ago, when she was 12 years old. A neighbor had adopted a dog from them and shared with her stories about how senior dogs often don't find homes because no one wants to adopt older pets. However, the neighbor said, with "tender love and care," senior dogs could be great companions. "More people should adopt senior dogs," Meena affirmed. "They give you the same unconditional love as any other dog."
PUZZLES is in Portola, CA now with Ellen and her granddaughter. Ellen's had lots of shy dogs. "I give them all the time they need to adjust to their new home." Found as a stray in Vallejo, he's going to love being loved. ❤️🐾🥰 @vdogfood is sponsoring adoptions thru 7-31! pic.twitter.com/nTyuoMQSVx— Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (@Muttville) August 2, 2020
Though she wanted to help the rescue home out at the time, volunteers had to be at least 17 in order to do so. Therefore, she started pet sitting for her friends, family members, and neighbors so as to raise money to donate to Muttville. That is how Pet Fairy Services was born. Advertising on Nextdoor, the young girl began pet sitting in her own home. She stated, "You are never too young to start your own business." She charges a rate of $35 per day. Over the past two years, she has put in a lot of hard work and effort to do her best to support the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Recently, she realized that she had raised a whopping $7,000 through her efforts.
Muttville is so very proud of our junior #volunteer, Meena, raising funds on her own to help our #seniordogs. Read her story on @CNN! https://t.co/ZriXG8YtGC— Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (@Muttville) August 2, 2020
Thanks to the Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program, a matching program that encourages employees to donate time, money, or labor to nonprofits that give back to their communities, those funds have now doubled to $14,000. While that is a substantial amount of money, Meena does not plan to stop there. She hopes to continue her efforts for Muttville through Pet Fairy Services and by encouraging more people to adopt senior dogs (especially during the pandemic). She said, "We need their love more than ever."
Today kicks off NBC's #CleartheShelters month! Stitch, a hopes he'll find a forever home through this huge nationwide adoption effort! Now in year 6, CTS focuses on virtual pet adoptions and raising funds for rescues. Here's who's read now at Muttville! https://t.co/65FktA0saS pic.twitter.com/c4MpgTDGQP— Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (@Muttville) August 1, 2020