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9-yr-old Philippines boy turns garage into shelter for stray animals

A few months ago, photos of Ken with three strays made their way onto the Internet, and people from all over the world began to donate money

Manila: Nine-year-old Ken had grown up dreaming about someday having a shelter to help the stray animals that live near his home, but he never dreamed he could reach his goal so soon.

GOOD NEWS: Ken wrote on his website: ‘On May 1, 2014, I leased a 1,000 square metre lot for one year. It cost 66,000 pesos (R8,8500).  I don’t have enough money yet to populate the shelter with dogs but hopefully I can do that soon’. (Pics/Happyanimalsclub.org)
GOOD NEWS: Ken wrote on his website: ‘On May 1, 2014, I leased a 1,000 square metre lot for one year. It cost 66,000 pesos (Rs 8,8500).  I don’t have enough money yet to populate the shelter with dogs but hopefully I can do that soon’. (Pics/Happyanimalsclub.org)

Ken did his best to help the local stray dogs and cats he came across near his home in the Philippines. He frequently spent time with them and offered them food, but he longed for the funds to open a no-kill shelter where he could really help his furry friends, according to The Happy Animals Club website.

HAPPY AGAIN: Happy Animals Club’s main goal is be to rescue dogs from the city pound and give them happy, healthy lives
HAPPY AGAIN: Happy Animals Club’s main goal is be to rescue dogs from the city pound and give them happy, healthy lives

Then, a few months ago, photos of Ken with three strays made their way onto the Internet, and people from all over the world began to donate money.

On his website, Ken wrote that the dogs had gained a lot of weight, their open wounds had healed, and that their fur had grown back
On his website, Ken wrote that the dogs had gained a lot of weight, their open wounds had healed, and that their fur had grown back

“We got enough money to get the dogs I was feeding off the street. feed them high quality canned food, and provide them with veterinary care,” he wrote on his website.

Ken and his father were also able to build a temporary shelter for the three dogs, named Blackie, Brownie and White Puppy, in their garage. Ken named it The Happy Animals Club.

“They gained a LOT of weight, their open wounds healed, and their fur grew back,” Ken wrote. “They also learned not to be scared of humans.”

He plans to put the pups up for adoption soon. Thanks to the donations, earlier this month Ken was able to sign a one-year lease for a space where he can continue to create a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter for street animals. He hopes to have it up and running soon.

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