PULASKI, NY – Madison-Mae Wilder is already thinking about her next birthday.
Recently, the Pulaski Elementary School fifth grader celebrated her 10th birthday.
Instead of receiving, she was giving.
The young lady went out and raised donations, which she later presented to Paws and Effect for use by Paws Across Oswego County.
She raised $200 in cash and collected roughly $75 in dog food, treats, toys, five-gallon buckets and other pet items.
“I want to do more next year,” the philanthropic Pulaski pet lover pledged.
She said she wants to up the anti for her 11th birthday and work towards “raising 500 bucks.”
“We find it wonderful. When the youth gets involved in animal rescue, there’s nothing better for us,” said Kimberly Manoni, president of Paws Across Oswego County.
When asked why she donated to the organization, Madison replied, “Donations can help other animals lead a better life.”
Paws Across Oswego County is a small non-profit animal rescue, established in 2001.
Paws and Effect is an establishment that boards pets and holds them until they are adopted.
The non-profit collects the donations. So all donations were made out to Paws Across Oswego County. Madison asked if she could make sure those donations went to
Paws and Effect.
More youth are getting involved in helping animals, Manoni pointed out.
“It is becoming more common for youth to get involved. We love it because the parents are teaching them right by sharing their own love of animals and treating them the way they should be treated,” she said. “We want more kids like Madison to spread the word and share with friends how good it feels to give in this way.”
Madison shares her home with Bosley, a rescued dachshund.
“People should consider adopting rescue animals so they are given a chance at living a good life. All of our pets are rescues and it feels good to know we gave them a cozy home and lots of love,” she told Oswego County Today. “When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you’re saving that animal’s life.”
Madison and her family share their home with four rescue animals:
- Bosley (dachshund as seen in photo above)
- Sydney (black lab)
- Sheldon (kitty boy)
- Maggie (kitty girl)
Paws and Effect is located at 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY, (343-0001) – www.pawsandeffectinc.com