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12-yr-old on Mission to Buy Dog Treadmills for Shelters

FIDO gives this sixth grader TWO PAWS UP!

A Wilmette, Ilinois sixth grader has an unusual mission - to help shelter pets get more exercise! Kam Gottlieb's been saving money for nearly 3 years to buy her local shelter a dog treadmill.  When she was 9, Kam learned that many shelter pups just don’t get enough exercise. So she set about getting her local humane society one. She sold rubber bracelets, threw backyard parties, asked her friends for donations and sold lemonade.

Nearly three years later, the now 12-year-old has enough money. She and her mom researched treadmills and landed on one – the dogPACER. The company was floored by her commitment so they gave her a hefty discount, picked up the shipping and matched her donation with a second treadmill for a second shelter of her choice.

In December, Kam delivered the first of the treadmills to the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. For her efforts Kam received the society’s first ever “Pals for Pets” award.  In early January, Kam will gift the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan with the second dogPACER.

Kam plans to continue her fundraising this winter with a snowman building contest and hot chocolate sale and almost has enough money saved for a third, and she's just received an anonymous donation for a fourth treadmill to to go the shelter of her choice.

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