"I think more about giving money to them and not to me."
Nine-year-old Katharine Mehta of New York, NY, walks dogs to raise money for Mighty Mutts, "an all-volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of the stray animals of New York City."
What kind of philanthropic or volunteer work did/do you do?
Katharine: I walk dogs on Fire Island to try to make money for Mighty Mutts, a pet shelter for animals.
What is the name and location of the organization?
Katharine: Mighty Mutts, Brooklyn, NY.
Tell us about the project, especially who benefited from this work.
Katharine: It saves animals.
What inspired you to get involved?
Katharine: Myself, because I love animals and thought about how it feels to have to run away from us.
What is/was the best thing about your experience?
Katharine: PLAYING WITH THE PUPS!!!!!!!!!!!
What is/was the hardest part?
Katharine: Getting the dogs to walk.
What was the biggest surprise?
Katharine: Learning about every one of them.
What new things have you learned as a result of your experience and how have you changed as a result?
Katharine: I think more about giving money to them and not to me.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of getting involved in philanthropy or volunteering?
Katharine: You should make sure you’re responsible enough to handle a dog, and YOU MUST LOVE DOGS!
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