Beth Walton reports for The Asheville Citizen Times that 9 year old Agnes Keyser raised $1,000 for Brother Wolf!
We LOVE you Agnes. And thank you. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit. The story:
ARDEN - Agnes "Aggie" Keyser was given $1 and told to change the world as part of a fourth-grade school project.
Hundreds of cartwheels, pull-ups and toe-touches later, she and her friends raised more than $1,000 for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
Keyser took her dollar and put it in a donation jar at Hard Exercise Works, the gym off Hendersonville Road where her dad likes to work out. She made an agreement with gym owner Arnoldo Alvarez that she’d do one gym movement for each dollar she raised.
"Animals bring joy to people's lives," said Keyser, a 9-year-old who attends Glen Arden Elementary School. She has four fish, two dogs and six chickens at home. "I love animals," she said.
Keyser's goal was to reach $200, but people kept giving. Before she knew it there was more than $500 in the jar. Later, another gym member anonymously committed to matching the donations, raising the total just over $1,000.
This month Keyser rounded up two friends and two dads and the five got to work, doing 100 exercises each. Keyser did 20 cartwheels, 5 pull-ups and 75 toe-touches all in one afternoon.
"The support of individuals like Agnes — folks who love animals and believe they can make a difference — is what makes this community so strong," said Jackie Teeple, marketing and media director for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, the largest nonprofit no-kill shelter in Western North Carolina.
"Whatever your age or situation, each of us can truly be a part of the solution, and everyone's efforts together really matter," she said.
Last year Brother Wolf took in more than 5,000 abandoned animals. Of those, almost 3,500 were adopted locally. Nearly a thousand were sent to partner rescue groups and some 500 feral, community cats were neutered and returned to their colonies.
The project was a success, said Agnes' mother, Tara Keyser. "She learned that people are really generous and that there is a soft spot in people's hearts for animals," she said.
"She learned that even as a kid she can do some pretty remarkable things and influence people's lives and animals' lives as well."