Teenager Starts Own Rescue Center to Save Homeless Pets

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While most teenagers’ summer plans are to party, sleep in, or watch a lot of TV, 13-year-old Marisa Milford’s summer plans are completely out of the ordinary. Instead of doing what the average teen does during summer, Milford started her own pet rescue in her Youngstown, Fla., home.

The White Oak Animal Rescue is based out of Milford’s own backyard and it opened just two months ago. The teenager might not have the space, the funding, and all necessary tools to save dozens of pets at a time, but the few she rescues from animal control get the chance to live and find forever homes.

White Oak Animal Rescue founder Marisa Milford and her rescued pets.
White Oak Animal Rescue founder Marisa Milford and her rescued pets.


“It’s just sad to see all of them end up in animal control,” Milford told WJHG. “Most have five days hold and then they have five days to get adopted and then they are euthanized.”

The young animal rescuer helps the pets by finding them forever homes. She cares for them and works with them to get them socialized and trained before getting adopted, but she knows she still needs a lot of help.

“We need like training things; outlets for their energy and agility things. Toys, beds and treats,” said Milford.

Currently, White Oak Animal Rescue has two kittens and two dogs that need forever homes, and the young girl’s wish is for all of them to get a good home.

“It is sad to see them go home without you,” said Milford, “but for every dog that gets adopted there are thousands waiting to take it’s place.”

Click here to donate to White Oak Animal Rescue and help this extraordinary teenager find loving homes for her rescued pets.

4 thoughts on “Teenager Starts Own Rescue Center to Save Homeless Pets”

  1. I think that is a great job for that teenager. They must be animal lovers to want to get the animals off the streets and into a home or the shelter. I think that is a great!!! job.

  2. There needs to be more word being put out to help her get donations. The local TV news needs to do a story on her and what she is doing…and then the national news will pick up on it and maybe she will get the backing she needs from some fat rich celebrity. What she is doing is absolutely amazing and caring….I wish her all the luck….like other cities Florida has a horrible animal abuse and stray problem.

    • I was in the news and front page newspaper, sadly nothing big very happened, I still am in rescued, yet I’m struggling with donations.

  3. Hi there- what a great thing you’re doing!!! The animals are very lucky to have you. I want to tell you about a site you can go to, to try and raise money for your project. Go to
    http://Www.kickstarter.com. Research if you can open a project, and get the funding you need. Ask your mom or dad to help. I’m sure they can, it’s very easy. Good luck, and God Bless you sweetie!!


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