Kids pitch in to help save animals |

Kids pitch in to help save animals

Kristofer B. WakefieldLatke takes interest in the dog biscuit held by Anna Sordelet, who helped Maisie Hastings, right, produce the treats. They raised more than $150 to support AnimalSave.
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Eight-year-old Maisie Hastings isn’t too young when it comes to trying to make a difference and reduce euthanasia rates.

Maisie and her friend Anna Sordelet held a dog biscuit drive and raised $152.50 for AnimalSave, a local animal rescue group with plans to build a no-kill shelter in Grass Valley.

“It feels good because I’m helping save animals’ lives,” Maisie said.

“I think it was a good cause because when animal shelters get overcrowded, cats and dogs have to be put to sleep,” Anna said.

“And we don’t like animals being put down,” Maisie said, as Anna agreed.

The girls made the dog biscuits from scratch, put together a flier and got orders from as far as New Jersey and Florida, said Maisie’s mother, Alexandra.

“They had my kitchen covered in flour,” Alexandra Hastings said.

But it was fun for all, the three concurred.

The girls hope to expand their dog biscuit drive next year.

“It’s amazing how many people responded,” Alexandra said. “We could have sold a 1,000 dog biscuits.”

Maisie’s mother said her daughter was taught to respect all living things and to give back to the community.

Other kids are donating their allowances to AnimalSave’s no-kill shelter cause, said Executive Director Laura Miller.

“I think it’s wonderful to see younger kids doing something like this and getting involved,” she said.

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