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Six Youths Secure Top Spots in American Humane Kind Kid Contest
Date:5/6/2008

DuPage County Animal Care and Control to visit a local convalescent center. Mary, daughter of Bonnie Lace, will help a bed-ridden resident by lifting a cat up or getting a dog to stand up for a visit. The shelter animals enjoy their time out and the residents enjoy the animals. After her pet therapy visits, Mary returns to the shelter to socialize and play with the other animals.

After seeing a Purina commercial about animals in shelters, Cady Arruda, 10, of Westport, Mass., was concerned and wanted to do something to help the animals. Cady, daughter of Yvette Arruda, sculpted animals out of clay, attached pins and mounted them on cards. She sold them and gave the proceeds to local animal shelters. With her growing pin business, Barnyard Benefits, Cady has donated hundreds of dollars to local horse rescue organizations and shelters that house dogs and cats.

Runners-up - 13-17 Age Group

Since he reached the required age of 12, Nick Beaven, 17, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., has volunteered at the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Nick, son of Debbie Beaven, has helped develop animal care education programs for schools and conducted peer-to-peer classes, raised money by organizing student bake sales and helps care for the shelter animals. Nick spends all his spare time at the shelter, putting in over 400 hours in 2006 and over 900 in 2007. In 2007, Nick's dedication inspired the shelter to reduce the age requirement for employment and he was hired on a part-time basis.

Heidi Johnson, 17, of Bellingham, Wash., daughter of Louise Janovic, has volunteered at Mollywood Avian Sanctuary since 2001, helping take care of their more than 400 birds. Says Betsy Lott, Heidi's supervisor at Mollywood, "Heidi can literally run this place on any given day. She knows how to feed all the birds here, even those with special diets. She knows how to administer medications and often helps with veterinary procedures." Always trying to find new ways of educating the public,
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