Countless animal rescue stories begin with the animal’s plight, despite the fact that it was still beautiful and lovely.
Homeless dogs, on the other hand, have skin diseases and other health problems that deter many of us from approaching them. We’d rather let them face their fate on their own.
Even as a small child, Ken Amante couldn’t stand it when animals in his vicinity were abused, regardless of their condition.
When he was nine years old, he never left his home in the Philippines without food in his bag and disappeared for a few hours with it.
Because his parents had no idea what their son was up to, his father decided to follow him one day. He soon realized that his lovely son had gone out to feed stray dogs. Ken didn’t mind that several of the dogs had mange and sores because they needed help.
Ken even used his parents’ pocket money to help these helpless critters by purchasing food.
His ecstatic father shared photos of his kid and the dogs on Reddit, captioning them:
“For the past two weeks, my child has been feeding the neighborhood’s stray dogs. Today was the first time I heard about it.”
In one shot, Ken is seen feeding three skin-and-bones dogs. Brownie and Whitey were the names he gave to the two younger pups, while Blackie, the larger dog, was assumed to be the mother. All three have multiple lesions and almost little fur left due to mange.
“Actually, I’ve always loved animals; it started at a very young age,” Ken told HNGN. They had a strong hold on me when I was younger. My parents told me that I was already cuddling with my father’s cat, Hajime-kun, before I could walk. Hajime-kun, now fourteen years old, is still with us.”
The photos went viral almost immediately, and donations began to stream in from people all around the world, allowing Ken to feed even more animals. Despite his young age, Ken had a strong desire to establish an animal sanctuary, and with the aid of his parents and generous donations, his dream became a reality.
Ken founded The Happy Animals Club on March 31, 2014, the first shelter of its kind in the Philippines’ Davao region.
“After I realized there are more shelters here that murder animals at some point than there are reputable shelters,” he told Metro, he founded the Happy Animals Club. “I want to help as many dogs as I can who are killed for no reason.”
Over a hundred animals have been rescued.
For a year, he rented a property and turned it into a sanctuary for rescued animals.
“We also donate a significant amount of money for wood, electricity, roofing tin, cement, and a range of other items.” This area floods frequently when it rains, so we created canals,” Ken noted on the website of his organization.
“At the moment, the shelter is made up of two large enclosures, two flats, and an annex. Cages are not used unless the dogs are sick or there is a solid reason.
The kitties each have their own area. “At Happy Animals Club, all of the dogs and cats are quite happy,” he continued.
A vast number of people from all around the world have helped the shelter and continue to help it.
According to the website, “we have rescued over 100 starving and ailing animals and supplied countless meals to stray animals” since 2014.
Ken also noted that when he told his father about his ambitious goal, he was told that getting anything like this off the ground would take at least 20 years and that he would have to wait until he was older. But, regardless of age, this tiny youngster demonstrated that where there is a will, there is a way.