Hailey Pugh is a young girl that just turned 10. She had an
exciting birthday party that was complete with a bounce house, a
Kona ice truck, and unicorn decorations. However, Hailey’s
birthday wish was a little different from the other girls her age.
Instead of asking for presents, she asked her guests to help
animals in need by donating to the local shelter. Saving animals is
much more important to her than getting new things.
Specifically, Hailey requested that her guests bring donations
for the Boone County
Animal Shelter. She received a wide assortment of food, toys,
blankets, and beds for the animals at the shelter.
Hailey explained that while she’s always grateful for the
birthday presents, she doesn’t really need them. The shelter
animals need much more than she does.
“It’s wonderful for the shelter and for the staff to know
that there are kids out there thinking and talking about it,”
said Colleen Bray, the Boone County Shelter Director. “A lot of
times people don’t think about the animals that have to live here
in the shelter.”
fox19.comHailey’s Love for Animals
Hailey’s love for animals has been going on forever. Over the
years, her family has rescued lots of dogs and cats. Currently,
they have 2 dogs, 3 cats, a sugar glider, and a hamster. So, they
are used to rescuing animals and they will continue to rescue in
When Hailey was asked why she liked helping animals so much, she
explained that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
She said that she saw news stories about animals getting hurt, so
she wanted to do anything she could to help. So, of course, she
thought her birthday would be the perfect opportunity to make a
“It was really great that she found something that she’s so
interested in and she’s so passionate about. I wasn’t ever
really allowed to have animals as much when I was younger so
we’ve kind of embraced her love for animals,” said Tamara
Young, Hailey’s mom.
Hailey’s family is very grateful for all the donations that
were received. They want to help make the shelters better for
animals because the shelter animals they adopted have made their
home a better place too.
When she’s older, Hailey hopes to volunteer at the shelter,
but for now, she will just keep helping in any way that she can.
Her birthday wish is just the beginning of a life of helping
animals. Her passion will hopefully inspire others to help out
animals in need more often as well.
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