© Geraldine Brophy
Sophie Taylor, 12, is seen with Alli, 6, the family dog. Taylor just recently presented the NL West SPCA with $1,700 that will help the organization provide shelter to animals in need.
CORNER BROOK — Sophie Taylor loves animals and doing things to help them.
Just recently the caring 12-year-old presented the NL West SPCA with $1,700 that will help the organization provide shelter to animals in need.
The daughter of Shelley and Mark Taylor of Christopher’s Cove just finished Grade 7 at Templeton Academy in Meadows. In a phone interview last week, Taylor said she’s not quite sure why helping animals is so important to her.
“Just the way they are,” she said. “They’re just special.” Dogs, cats and horses are among her favourite animals.
Her family has three pets, two cats and a dog. Momma cat Ariele is eight and her baby Jake is three and the family’s boxer/rottweiler Alli is six. Taylor laughs as she agrees with her mom’s comment that they’d have more if mom would say yes, but adds that she loves all her pets the same.
“I let them out, and I feed them and play with them,” she said of her involvement in their care. “And mom and dad does the poop.”
When asked why she collected the money for the SPCA, Taylor said “because I knew that they were moving and they still didn’t have enough money to move in yet.”
The group has purchased a building on the north shore highway and is in the process of preparing it for occupancy. Taylor and her family drive by the new shelter location quite regularly, so the need is pretty visible to her.
To raise the money Taylor just put out a call for help.
“I told my friends and family that I was trying to raise money,” she said, adding that included asking friends in Alberta to donate. “And so I put it all together and I got that money,” she said of the total $1,700.
But the donation is not the only connection she has to the SPCA. She said her family has volunteered with the SPCA in the past and her mom is friends with acting president Gary Kelly.
Taylor plans to keep collecting for the organization and hopes to volunteer at the new shelter when it opens. That will be a benefit to her in the future as right now her plan is to become a veterinarian.
Kelly said the money Taylor raised has already been dedicated to the shelter’s mortgage fund to help cover the next payment of around $17,000 that will be due in May 2014.
Kelly said he gets excited about every donation made to the cause, but felt this one was a little extra special.
“Here’s a young girl, 12 years old, who collected every cent herself,” he said. “To see $1,700 and this little girl, 12 years old, who wants to help the animals, it’s just incredible.”
The new shelter is expected to open by mid-summer.