RICHLAND, Wash. - A sixth grade girl from West Richland is making a difference for homeless pets in our area.
When 6th grade English teacher, Kim Hobbick heard 11-year-old Macy Jensen was enrolling at enterprise middle school, she made sure they linked up.
"Her teacher at Tapteal said you have to have Macy Jensen in your 6th grade class," Hobbick recalled, "because you both love animals so much it would be an instant connection."
Hobbick volunteers for Pet Over Population Prevention, known as POPP, a no-kill pet rescue that provides spay and neuter assistance for local pets; a group that Macy quickly learned to love, and wanted to help.
"It's kind of a miracle almost," Macy said, "I asked my family and friends, and actually a bunch of my friends gave like 10, even 2 dollars and that added up."
In just three months, she collected $1070. She split $500 between the Grant County Animal Outreach, and WSU's Gift of Hope Endowment. The endowment is a fund that pays for surgeries for homeless pets. $570 went to POPP. POPP volunteers say it's a donation that will make a significant and timely impact.
"This time of year is really crucial," Hobbick said, "spring and summer there's a lot of kittens, puppies." Since POPP started 17 years ago, volunteers have found more than 5000 forever homes, and helped with more than 15,000 spays and neuters. "Every bit helps," Hobbick said, "but that's a huge donation, that can pay for spays and neuters, medical care, food, help foster families."
But Macy's good work doesn't stop at her donation. She says she plans to volunteer at POPP's adoption sites, ultimately helping more pets; something she hopes to do for a long time. Someday she hopes to be a veterinarian, but for now she's helping the animals the best way she can.
"It feels really nice because you know that'll help them get a home," Macy said, "because us it's easier for the organization, it's easier for the owners too, so it's just better and it'll be much easier for the animals to get loving homes."
Macy says next year, she plans to raise even more money, and continue helping the pets in need. To make a donation through Macy, you can visit her website at macyjensen.tumblr.com.