A 9-year old boy rescues stray animals and builds a no-kill shelter
Ken loves animals and had always wanted to open an animal shelter. In early 2014, he started feeding three stray dogs that he encountered on the streets of Davao City, Philippines.
As Ken’s photo feeding the dogs made its way onto the internet, people from all over the world started donating money. Ken’s dream of opening an animal shelter started to become a reality. With the donations, Ken and his family were able to rescue the three dogs from the streets. They converted their garage into a shelter for the dogs; they fed them, took them to the vet and nursed them back to health.
The Happy Animals Club was born.
Happy Animals Club has since then expanded to include 2 yards for dogs to freely roam around, a hut for each yard, and other necessary facilities. With Ken’s guidance and design, a bridge was also made for dogs to climb and play on. Now, they have rescued more than 45 dogs and cats, vetted them, and provide shelter and food and love.
Unfortunately, Philippines is not yet as pet-friendly as other countries like the US. A lot of people in the Philippines are not as willing to adopt a pet as people in more pet-friendly countries. This makes it very difficult for stray pets in the Philippines to find forever homes.