Kam Gottlieb’s allergies prevent her from owning a pet, but that hasn’t stopped her from being an animal lover. The sixth grader raised $500 to donate a special treadmill to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.
For two years Kam fundraised by selling bracelets and saving her own allowance. “I wanted to donate the dog treadmill because it was unique and really useful,” said Kam. “You can put it in a small space, all dogs can use it year round and it will help give dogs the much needed exercise so that they will be happier and more adoptable.” Kam thought the treadmill would be a great fit for the Anti-Cruelty Society, “It was a really big place and I thought it would be hard to exercise all the dogs.”
Kam worked hard to raise the money for a dogPACER, a specially designed treadmill for dogs. The people at dogPACER were impressed with Kam’s efforts. Kam was given a $100 discount from dogPACER, who also covered the cost of shipping and has matched her donation with a second treadmill being donated to the Southwest Michigan Humane Society.
The Anti-Cruelty Society also recognized Kam’s efforts by making her the first member of their Pals for Pets Program. This program recognizes children and their dedication to animals. “It’s the children like Kam, who care so deeply for the animals, that are so important to the Anti-Cruelty Society and to our community,” said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, president of the Anti-Cruelty Society.