Youth donates supplies to Humane Society

April 26, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

For Sydney Dalry, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commercials were too much to handle. The sad faces of the cats and dogs made the Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader want to make a difference.

“I saw the animals, and I wanted to help them,” she said. “Some animals just don’t quite make it.”

She wanted to volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society, but was told she was too young. Her next idea was to collect donations instead of gifts for her 10th birthday in February. Her mother, Andrea Dalry, suggested she do a community outreach project instead, because it would allow her to reach beyond her friends.

Sydney collected cat and dog food, toys, towels, brushes and leashes during the first three weeks in February, using a Facebook page to spread the word.

In all, Andrea Dalry estimated Sydney collected about $500 worth of pet supplies. Sydney also held a work party with her friends to create catnip toys out of baby booties.

Syndey said she loved seeing the smiles on the faces of those who donated and knowing she made a difference.

“It felt really good inside,” she said. “Just the way I felt, I want to do it again and again, and encourage others to do it, too.”

Sydney delivered the supplies to the Seattle Humane Society March 28, and she was given a certificate of appreciation in return.

“It’s just so rewarding to see her so kind-hearted towards the animals,” Andrea Dalry said. “Seeing her so motivated, it’s just very rewarding.”

Next year, Sydney hopes to hold another donation drive, possibly using a donation barrel to help with her collections.

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