It’s amazing what kids, big or small, can accomplish. Annie B. is a perfect example of this. I was introduced to Annie by my friends Jess & Sean, fellow animal lovers and co-founders of Kind Traveler. In 2012, after rescuing her dog Teddy from a kill shelter and discovering he suffered from Heartworm disease, Annie (then age 13) was inspired to create her own nonprofit, Wags 4 Hope. Since then she has raised almost $40,000 for animal shelters across the country to help fight Heartworm disease, which is spread through mosquito bites and can be fatal. One of the ways she raises money is to paint portraits of dogs for people. Scroll down to see some great examples.
Recently, Annie was featured on ABC News & Good Morning America because she is fighting to pass HB-5422, a bill addressing awareness of heartworm disease, including trying to add that dogs receive Heartworm prevention medication with their dog licenses. READ MORE…
I made these with my friend, Parker (who you’ve seen a lot on Wondermint) and my friend Fiona (this is her first time on Wondermint). I’ve been friends with Fiona since we were 18 months old when we took a drumming class with our dads and an art class with our moms. Now, Fiona and I go to the same school and are in the same class. She is really amazing at soccer and she just co-founded a club at our school with our friend, Isabel. The club is called CAMAC (Club Against Marine Animal Cruelty) and I am the Public Relations Officer/Journalist. One day I’ll write a post about CAMAC. Anyways,for this craft, we decided to create OWLS using recycled paper. Hope you enjoy it!
My friend Parker and I love horses so we were very excited to spend a couple hours at Sunset Ranch in the Hollywood hills. All the animals were amazing. We even saw a few peacocks when we arrived! READ MORE…
A friend of mine named Josy (age 7) went to Kenya, Africa, during summer break. She had an amazing time going on safari and doing some really great volunteer work. In our Q & A, she shares her experience! To see more photos, make sure you check out the slide show at the end of this post. (Remember: if you see a word in our Wondermint color it means you can click on that word to learn more about it.)
GRAY: Who went to Kenya with you?
JOSY: I went with my whole family: my mom, my dad, & my older brother Sean. We were part of a group of travelers organized by the company Me to We, which sets up volunteering trips for the charity Free the Children.
GRAY: Where did you go in Kenya?
JOSY: We went to Nairobi first, then we went to two places in the Maasai Mara: Bogani, where we visited the charity Free the Children and helped out, and Richard’s Camp, where we went on Safari. Then we went to the coastal town of Kilifi and swam in the Indian Ocean!
In Swahili the word “SAFARI” means “long journey”
GRAY: What was the weather like when you were there?
JOSY: Basically, it would switch back and forth from being sunny to cloudy, but not too rainy.
GRAY: What kind of animals did you find most interesting?