Meena Kumar is a 14 year old girl from California. When she was nine months old she was found abandoned in a basket on a college campus in Pune, India. After spending a year in an orphanage, she was adopted by a couple in Mumbai and later was brought to San Jose, California.
When she was still in Mumbai, Meena would watch over a litter of puppies at her home. When her family came to the United States, almost every weekend included a trip to the Humane Society or to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue so she could still be around animals.
Meena first heard of the rescue from a neighbor whose dog had been adopted there. The neighbor shared stories of how senior dogs are often left behind in shelters. With tender love and care, those dogs can make great companions. Muttville is a cage-free dog rescue, founded by Sherri Franklin, that gives senior dogs a “second chance at life,” according to their website. The organization rescues about 1,000 dogs per year and runs mostly with the help of volunteers.
Meena understands what it feels like to be left behind and she wanted to help; but volunteers had to be 17-years-old, and she was only 12. Still, she found a way to support Muttville.
She advertised a pet sitting service and suddenly Pet Fairy Services was born. Meena began pet sitting in her own home for her neighbors and school friends with the goal of supporting Muttville. “More people should adopt senior dogs,” says Meena. “They give you the same unconditional love as any other dog.”
“You are never too young to start a business,” says Meena. With rates of $35 per day and a couple years of hard work, Meena has managed to raise $7,000 for Muttville. That number doubled to $14,000, thanks to a matching donation program with Intel, which is where her father works. That’s an incredible story of caring and hard work and you can read more in your Good News Story of the Day, here.
Meena plans to continue working with Muttville and hopes that more people will adopt older mutts from shelters during this pandemic. Both sides could use the love, care, and companionship. It’s win win.
Story and Image from CNN.