Nine-year-old Clara Colwell of north Phoenix has always loved animals, furry friends, feathered friends; she loves them all.
She is one of the youngest volunteers at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, visiting pets in the kennel and reading and playing with them. How and why did this active little girl come up with the idea for Clara’s Animal Rescue Care Kit?
“Last spring while walking to the school bus Clara found a baby bird that had fallen from a tree. She ran home and picked up gloves and a box; went back and scooped the bird into the box, and we drove the bird to the nearest bird rescue. That was her inspiration to create a rescue kit,” stated her mother, Margaret, in a press release.
According to the release, the rescue care kit includes gloves, a towel, blanket, bowl, snack, a list of no kill animal shelters for bunnies, birds, dogs and cats, a flyer for the contents and recipes for dog and cat treats.
These are all placed in a shoe size box, stored in the trunk of her mom’s car for fast response to distressed animals. Initially Clara found materials lying around the house. Next she went to the library to find reference books and also researched on the internet. Now she purchases materials from craft stores, stated the release.
Initially Clara made the kits with material supplied by her mom. But Clara did not stop with her mom as an “EMT” for injured animals. Thanks to the Internet, she sent information about her project to family and friends in the Midwest. Her cousin, Dalton Stoffel, is now creating and distributing these Rescue Care Kits in the Des Moines area, stated the release.
Her next goal? To get support from a store like PetSmart so that more people will create and distribute these kits, according to the release.
Prior to creating the Rescue Care Kits, Clara set up a lemonade stand to raise money for shelters; help lost dogs get back to their owners, etc.
When she’s not working with animals, Clara likes to volunteer at St. Joseph Parish by serving at fish fry’s, stuffing envelopes, etc. She also likes cheer, swimming and having her friends over to the house, according to the release.