A 14-year-old girl from San Jose has raised thousands for senior dogs to find them loving homes.
Meena Kumar was inspired by her own story of being abandoned and then adopted, she wanted to help the dogs find a loving home like she did.
After spending a year in an orphanage as a baby, Meena was adopted by a couple in Mumbai and was brought to San Jose, California.
She says when she was little she would watch over a litter of puppies and would often spend weekends taking trips to the Humane Society or to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
Muttville is a cage-free dog rescue that gives senior dogs a “second chance at life” and rescues about 1,000 dogs per year.
Understanding what it felt like to be left behind, Meena leapt into action to help the shelter.
She advertised pet sitting services on Nextdoor and her business, Pet Fairy Services, was born.
With rates of $35 a day and several years of hard work, Meena had managed to raise $7,000 for Muttville.
And thanks to a matching donation program by Intel, that number doubled to $14,000.