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Young Girl Helps 42 Dogs Get Adopted In One Day

by Melissa Castellanos
Melissa Castellanos is a passionate storyteller with a huge heart and a great sense of humor. Through her work at Coulter Press/Telegram & Gazette, MetroWest Daily News, CBSNews.com, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and LatinPost.com, she has been able to amplify the voices, unwavering spirits and creative contributions of her subjects.

Most kids are psyched to get an allowance or birthday money, but Emmy Perry had another plan in mind for her earnings. With a huge heart and compassion for animals, Perry decided that she wanted to help dogs that were in need of a home and a loving family.

At just 7 years old, Perry founded nonprofit Emmy’s Hope to rescue dogs at the OC Animal Care in Orange County. While most kids are playing, Emmy (now 11 years old) dedicates her time volunteering at the shelter on the weekends along with her hard-earned money and plenty of hugs and kisses!

Emmy’s work is mirrored by the efforts of other dedicated dog lovers, such as the folks behind the Mr. Mo Project that gives senior dogs a loving home and the East Bay SPCA that shows their shelter dogs a good time with funky music (“Oaktown Pup,” a song they made based on Mark Ronson’s hit “Uptown Funk.”)

Dedicated to her mission of “saving animals, one heart at a time,” Emmy was especially drawn to one furry little fella named Fox, with whom she shares a very special bond. At the same time, Emmy was fearful that Fox may be put down if he wasn’t adopted in time.

But as fate would have it, Emmy was in for a wonderful surprise: Fox and many other adorable pooches got a second chance at life.

Kleenex brand teamed up with Emmy’s Hope and the OC Animal Care to organize a large-scale adoption event in Emmy’s honor, and the results were incredible. Forty-two dogs were adopted in just one day!

What’s the most rewarding part for Emmy?

“Seeing them (especially Fox) get adopted and them being loved by their new family,” she said.

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