Teens Saving Pets, part 3: A 14-year-old fundraising dynamo

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Hayden Whitt

In previous weeks I’ve written about young recipients of Dosomething.org Animal Action Grants, including 17-year-old Amanda Smith, who is helping to save abandoned horses in Minnesota, and 10-year-old Maggie Maxwell, whose Project H.O.P.E. is raising awareness of homeless pets in Texas.

This week, meet 14-year-old Texan Hayden Whitt, who not only volunteers at his local shelter, but raises money for critical supplies and places adoption ads in local newspapers. (Read more about Hayden’s project here.)

What is your project?
I organized a supply and money drive to benefit my local animal shelter. The drive yielded three truckloads of supplies, money to help care for medical attention for the shelter animals and money to help fund ads for pet adoptions.

How did your passion for animals start?
My family and I have volunteered at the animal shelter for over two years now.

How did you know that this is what you wanted to do to help animals?
Volunteering at the shelter for the last two years made me realize how much the animals needed help.

What are some obstacles that you’re facing with your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The major obstacle is finding people to adopt pets.

How do you plan to use the Animal Grant from Dosomething.org to further the work of your project?
of the money from the grant is going to pay for a ad in our local paper
explaining the big need for pet adoptions and will show pets up for

What message would you give anyone who is looking to help animals,
but doesn’t know where to start?

Volunteer at your local shelter.

How else has Dosomething.org helped your project and in what ways do
you think this site is beneficial to teens everywhere?

is a really cool site and hopefully will make other teens start
volunteering and helping others.

Thank you! I am so proud of all your accomplishments! You, Maggie and Amanda truly represent all the young people working to improve their world.