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FarmRich Kids who Give Contest Submission - Kari Hauser

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Published on Jun 30, 2012

Hi,

I am Kari Hauser.

I am 11 years and I work as a volunteer and foster for Motley Zoo Animal Rescue in Washington State.

I have a passion for helping animals, especially dogs.

When I first started working with Motley Zoo, I just thought it was fun to cuddle puppies-- but over time I learned how important animal rescues are. The Humane Society says that 4 million animals are put down each year in the United States! That is one animal every 8 seconds, and I think that is crazy.

I am inspired by jme Thomas, the President of Motley Zoo. She has a goal of saving one life each day. I am helping her do that and have decided to become a vet because of my work with Motley.

When I go to adoption events, I learn everything I can about the animals available for adoption. That way, I can help them find the very best match. I think it is really important to educate people about making the right choice when they adopt, so the dog or cat will never end up in a shelter again.

It would be nice if all animals just needed a new home. But most of them come to us injured, abused, neglected, malnourished and sick. Fosters are an important part of the solution because they can give an animal the environment and care they need to rehabilitate. If these animals were left in shelters, they are the least likely to be adopted by shelter visitors and most likely to be euthanized.

My very first foster was a neglected and pregnant shepherd-mix named Nikita. I was a little scared because I had no idea what to expect. I had never seen puppies born before. Nikita had 9 beautiful puppies. I learned all about care and feeding...and cleaning up after puppies.

Now when people talk to me about adopting CUUUUUTE puppies I can talk to them about how much WORK they really are! I think people need to know that.

My favorite foster was Landon, an abandoned special needs puppy.

Landon could not use his hind legs properly. He could only drag himself around. He had to wear diapers too. He came with a home-made wheelchair Pate from Motley had designed, but he was a growing boy so I had to build two more wheelchairs. I took him to his neurologist appointment. The vet taught me about the things I could do to help Landon learn to walk. I had to do Landon's therapy sessions every day.

I put together a special harness for Landon and took him hiking to strengthen his back legs. When Landon was adopted, he could climb stairs and stand/walk on his hind legs for longer periods of time. I am proud of that little boy and so happy to see him in a good home.

I am entering this contest so I can help Motley to continue saving lives each day.

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