Life in a shelter for dogs or cats is not as wonderful as you might think. Although they are lucky enough to have food every day, waiting for days, months or years to be adopted can affect them physically and psychologically. Some are ignored for their appearance while others are ignored for their age, as many people prefer puppies or kittens over mature animals.
That's why it's important for everyone to stand out in their own way. Darius Brown, 12 years old, loves animals and wanted to do his bit to help them get families.
He had the idea of sewing ties for each of the dogs in a shelter himself, so that they would all look equally elegant and striking. "When people come into a shelter… they'll see dogs wearing ties and they won't be able to resist taking them home," Darius told The Dodo.
With the help of his sister, he learned to sew, and he chose the fabrics himself, sewed the ties and delivered them to the shelter. To make his venture even more official, he called it Beaux & Paws and for the past few months he has even been taking orders for sewing custom ties.
"I saw on Facebook that many dogs had been rescued in Texas and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Harvey and Irma," he said. "They came to New York with help from the ASPC to look for families so I signed up and donated the ties so the dogs would look nice and people would pay more attention to them.”
"Where I live we are not allowed to have pets and I feel sorry for that," he said, although he hopes to adopt one in the future. "When I have a home with my own dogs I will also temporarily care for those who are still waiting for a family.
For his efforts and achievements, he has received the Leadership Award from Leaders of the Future No Limits, Outstanding Achievement Award from the WDIB Conference, the Youth Changer Award from "Excel Honors" and he will be receiving the Jasmina Anema Youth Award from the "Black Cotton Foundation" in July 2019. And without a doubt, many more to come if he continues his genuine journey. Brown already speaks at events encouraging others to volunteer and give back to the community.
Darius Brown's sister, Dazhai, has recently launched a fundraising campaign inviting people to join Darius in his PAW-some mission to save more pets this summer. He set a goal of visiting more than 5 states to volunteer at different shelters and adoption centers as well as providing them with his dapper bow ties.
"He motivates and inspires me everyday. He is such an incredible young man and I will do everything I can to help him on his journey. I'm supporting him in his cause 100% and I hope you will join me. No donation is too small," says 21-year-old Dazhai.
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