One of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue’s most valued volunteers and advocates is an unexpected one: Nine-year-old Rachel Barold from Bethesda, Md.
This young animal lover has a passion for helping animals and does everything in her power to make a difference. That’s why she’s one of our Pawsitive Impact Kids, a program sponsored by Petco Foundation, Petco and World’s Best Cat Litter.
Rachel has always been an animal advocate, says her mom Helen, but now that she’s a little older (she just turned 9), this dedicated kid has found many ways to help animals in need.
Although the family has six dogs of their own, Rachel convinced her mother to foster dogs through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. And, her mom says, Rachel is a huge help, caring for the dogs and making sure they are safe and comfortable in their home.
Understanding the importance of adoption, Rachel attends as many Lucky Dog adoption events as she can. While she’s still too young to handle the dogs, she makes it her mission to learn everything she can about each adoptable dog so when potential adopters come by, Rachel greets them and talks to them about each dog. She also helps the rescue put adoption folders together for new families.
Rachel knows that fundraising is also key to helping Lucky Dog help more dogs, so she finds every opportunity a 9-year-old can find to help out: asking the tooth fairy for Lucky Dog donations, requesting $100 for Lucky Dog from Santa (her only request last year), holding bake sales to raise money and more.
Spreading awareness is also on this young advocate’s agenda: she created slide shows talking about homeless dogs and pit bulls in particular and distributed to all of her friends and family to help them understand how important rescue is.
It’s not surprising Rachel wants to be a vet when she grows up.
Working with Lucky Dog Rescue and helping homeless dogs brings Rachel a lot of joy. “Helping dogs is my favorite thing to do!” she says.
Thanks to Rachel’s dedication to animals, she has been selected as one of Crayons and Collars’ Pawsitive Impact Kids. As a result, Lucky Dog Rescue will receive a $1,000 grant from the Petco Foundation and a 300-pound donation of cat litter from World’s Best Cat Litter for the cats in their care. Way to go, Rachel!