Robert Kiss-Mihaly spends his Saturdays helping homeless animals to find new homes.
By collecting money to feed homeless pets, ten-year-old Robert Kiss-Mihaly of Duluth, GA, discovered a love for animals and how a little money can go a long way.
What kind of philanthropic or volunteer work did/do you do?
Robert: I collect money for CARL (Companion Animal Rescue League). CARL fosters homeless animals. Each Saturday they have an adoption day at PETsMART. I go there and help with the animals.
What is the name and location of the organization?
Robert: Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL), in Duluth, GA.
Tell us about the project, especially who benefited from this work.
Robert: The dogs and cats benefit most from my work. $20 is enough to feed one animal for one month. Also, sometimes the animals get restless in their kennels, so I take the dogs for a short walk and pet the cats; that calms them down.
What inspired you to get involved?
Robert: Around Christmas time I noticed money was being collected for the homeless and for children. I felt sorry for homeless animals, and that is how came the idea up.
How did you first get involved? Through school? Your parents? Give us some details.
Robert: First, I just collected money from parents at my school and in my neighborhood. Then I started calling animal rescue places.
What is/was the best thing about your experience?
Robert: To see animals that have been up for adoption for a long time getting a good home, and the people are happy to take them.
What is/was the hardest part?
Robert: When I ask for money from people, and they don't give, not even a few pennies. Also, when I see animals up for adoption for a long time. I feel sad I can't take them home.
What was the biggest surprise?
Robert: How nice adults are about me helping them. I didn't know that I would like working with those animals so much.
What new things have you learned as a result of your experience and how have you changed as a result?
Robert: I learned how many animals don't have a good home, and that even a small amount of money can help.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of getting involved in philanthropy or volunteering?
Robert: You have to be serious. I am sure everyone can find something that they like to do.
Are you interested in volunteering like Robert?
Search the Internet for "animal rescue" in your city, county or state to find similar organizations. You might also try contacting your local animal shelter or Humane Society chapter.
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