So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big Halloween bash his parents were hosting later that month. He planned to donate it all to a local animal shelter.
“There were well over 100 people coming, so I thought if they each bring one or two things it would be a lot of stuff,” Sean, now 14, said.
But when most guests showed up to the party empty-handed, Sean said he had to take his cause to a broader audience.
“I was very mad, so I set out, going around town and putting posters up about a drive,” he said.
Within weeks, he had collected more than $1,000 worth of donations, which he dropped off that December at The Little Shelter in Huntington. In return, the shelter presented him with a plaque bearing Moose’s name.
“I’d never done much charity work before and that was the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Sean recalled.
On the way home from the drop-off, Sean said he turned to his mother, Melanie Posner, and asked, “Why can’t all kids adopt a shelter?” That night — with help from his mom — he launched the Kids Adopt a Shelter Facebook page. When he awoke the next morning, he had more than 1,000 fans. Today that number has swelled to just over 13,000.
Thanks to Sean’s efforts, kids across the U.S. are stepping up to help shelter dogs. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about Kids Adopt a Shelter. (Photo from their Facebook page)