"Kids Adopt a Shelter" Organizes Pet Fashion Show to Fundraise for Animal Shelters
"Kids Adopt a Shelter" is an animal shelter support organization founded by a child actor named Sean Martin and represented by children and families worldwide. They are on a mission to collect donations and supply aid for animal shelters. "Kids Adopt a Shelter" is organizing a Pet Fashion Show at Massapequa, NY Petco on Saturday July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fundraise for animal shelters and get their animals adopted.
The Pet Fashion Show will have multiple family-friendly events and activities. The fashion show is allowing rescue and shelters to walk their adoptable animals in the “Adopt a Pet Fashion Walk.” Participating shelters and rescues include: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, Fur Babies Rescue from East Rockaway, Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue from Middle Island and Pets4Luv Foundation from Westbury with more pending shelters and rescues. The public can register to walk their favorite pet down the runway in the “I Love My Pet Fashion Walk” for a $10 donation. Registration for the public walk must be done in advance. Participants can show off their pet in an outfit and have professional photographs taken. The event will also include vendors, a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Additionally, there will be face painting, costumed characters, Izzy the Painting Pig, children’s activities, health screenings, music and more. The first 200 donors at the event will receive a free goodie bag full of prizes. This event is free to attend but money and pet item donations are suggested.
Sean decided he wanted to help other animal shelters after collecting and dropping off donations at The Little Shelter on Dec. 23, 2011. He created a Facebook page called, "Kids Adopt a Shelter," never expecting to gain more than 1,000 “likes” in 24 hours. “Kids Adopt a Shelter” presently has over 6,400 Facebook “likes” and representatives for New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, 24 states and over 60 shelters (adopters).
Past Kids Adopt a Shelter efforts include other seasonal and emergency donation drives. “Kids Adopt a Shelter” worked with their Oklahoma chapter to get donations for animals affected by the tornadoes. Another “Kids Adopt a Shelter” effort was in March 2013 with an emergency blanket drive, they collected three boxes full of blankets. Sean and a K.A.a.S. member named Mary Tippin, started an emergency food pantry after Hurricane Sandy. They purchased over $200 worth of pet food so victims of Sandy could feed pets they own or foster. Individuals have also donated food through their “Amazon Wish List.” In Dec. 2012, Sean collected and delivered over $5,000 worth of animal shelter supplies for Friends of Freddie and the Break the Chain Program all based in Long Island, NY. During the Holiday Donation Drive, all K.A.a.S. chapters collected approximately $20,000 worth of donations for the animal shelters or rescues they represent. With all of his efforts in the past year, Sean has collected approximately $10,000 worth of donations and donated items. All chapters have collected around $35,000 worth of donations in the past year.
“Kids Adopt a Shelter’s” mission is “To make sure every shelter, rescue and foster can keep animals comfortable while waiting to be adopted, with the help of fellow kids.” Martin wants to get veterinarian offices, and other animal-related businesses and organizations involved. Petco of Massapequa, NY allows the K.A.a.S. team to promote the organization and collect donations at their store. A company called Business Fashion Societé supported “Kids Adopt a Shelter” at one of their events. K.A.a.S. has also worked with other organizations such as New York Animal Rights Alliance America. Martin’s ultimate goal is to have every animal shelter, rescue, sanctuary, etc. in the world represented by a “kid.”
About Sean Martin and “Kids Adopt a Shelter”
Sean Martin is a 13-year-old actor who had roles in the film, “Sin Dolor,” as well as music videos and documentaries. Martin is also a Regional Winner of the 2012 Kohl's Cares Scholarship and a Local Winner of the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship. He loves animals and founded the nonprofit organization, “Kids Adopt a Shelter,” to help animal shelters in December, 2011. “Kids Adopt a Shelter” is working on obtaining 501(c)3 status.
For more information, visit the “Kids Adopt a Shelter” website: http://www.kidsadoptashelter.org/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KidsAdoptaShelter
Pet Fashion Show event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/382429751875304/404278519690427
Sean Martin’s Facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/seanmartinposner