Girl foregoes birthday gifts to help homeless dogs

After her life was changed by the adoption of a puppy, a youngster raised $277 for Embrace.

Addy McMullin turned six last month but received the best birthday gift ever five months early.

Now, she’s paying it forward.

Her parents, Shawn McMullin and Alison Graham, were visiting the Langley HomeSense back in May. They noticed an animal adoption clinic was being held next door at PetSmart, and decided to take a look.

That’s when they met five-month-old Miko, a Formosan Mountain dog-cross, and his brother Meo. The two dogs had been rescued from Taiwan, and Miko would – in short order – become a member of the McMullin family.

The clinic was being run by the Blaine-based animal rescue, Embrace a Discarded Animal Society. And since they don’t adopt dogs out without screening the applicants and visiting their homes, McMullin’s didn’t leave that May morning with the dog.

But they visited the Washington ranch, run by Leslie and Ralph Fee, and put the wheels in motion to adopt Miko.

The family would have also liked to have adopted Miko’s brother, but are unable to have two dogs in their South Surrey home.

So, since visiting the ranch and meeting Miko’s brother, Addy and her older brother Stratton, seven, had worried about the other puppy’s fate.

How else could they help?

Fast forward a few months, and young Addy decided she wanted to do something to help raise money for the shelter.

“She was thinking about ways to raise money and thought ‘I can do it on my birthday’,” Mom recounted. Instead of gifts, the young girl asked guests to consider a financial donation to Embrace.

She delivered that money to the Fee’s during last month’s adoption clinic in Langley, presenting the shelter operators with a pink card envelope filled with $277.

In exchange, she and her family received some great news. Miko’s brother, Meo, had since been adopted.

“The whole thing has been an amazing experience for us,” Alison said, proud of her daughter for giving up gifts to help so many animals in need.

• READ: Saying ‘no’ to cute homeless little dogs difficult for Langley woman

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Donate blood with the Vancouver Giants

Hockey Gives Blood gives fans a chance to donate on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Langley Events Centre

Condo count rises in Aldergrove and ripples of revitalization predicted

Willow Creek’s final phase of condos to be finished by fall, half already sold

Langley teacher witnesses coronavirus terror in Shanghai: ‘everyone is on edge’

Face masks and hand sanitizer ‘sell out’ as 9 SARS-like illness cases confirmed in Shanghai

People who make a difference: Langley residents two of three stars named by Fountain Tire and the Vancouver Giants

Awards honour community members for their volunteerism, humanitarianism and generosity

Youth hit with gun butt during fight at Langley mall

RCMP are investigating the fight between two groups of youths

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

B.C. privacy commissioner suggests media civility for Prince Harry and Meghan

Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly sent a letter to British press threatening legal action

Victoria’s plastic-bag ban ended by Supreme Court of Canada

City’s leave to appeal lower court’s decision denied

One person in Vancouver being monitored for coronavirus, feds say

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said five or six people are being monitored in Canada

Gap between cost of legal and illegal cannabis keeps growing: Stats Canada

In B.C., legal pot cost $9.32 per gram when bought legally

The word ‘landlord’ is too negative, one B.C. councillor says

Coun. Dave Loewen says term should be replaced by ‘rental housing provider’ in new housing strategy

Police looking for two men after guns stolen from New Westminster home

Guns were secured properly at the time of the theft, police said

Canada prepares as WHO decides whether to declare global coronavirus emergency

The city of Wuhan, China, has shut down outbound flights and trains

Survey finds support among Canadians for broader assisted-dying law

The survey was conducted Jan. 17 to 21 among 1,552 Canadians eligible to vote

Most Read