Ken, a nine-year-old Filipino boy, has raised enough money to house a small no-kill shelter for stray dogs and cats after dreaming about doing it for over a year.
He has named his organization “Happy Animals Club.”
He initially began nursing stray dogs back to health in his garage and is now able to afford to lease a space for more animals.
He raised $1,500 through donations and signed the lease at the beginning of May 2014, Huffington Post reports.
“My dad told me it would take a lot of money and 20 years for me to get an animal shelter,” he explained on his website. “He said only grown-ups can raise enough money to start an animal shelter.” He says the club’s main goal is to rescue dogs from the pounds in the Philippines.
He asks people to “help me develop the animal shelter by volunteering, holding seminars at your school or company, or donating funds for dog food and veterinary care.” It is a registered non-profit in the Philippines and is not associated with any groups that euthanizes stray dogs.