COVINGTON, Ky. – Dogs are man's best friend. But Parker Willman may just be dog's best friend.
And cat's best friend. And bunny's best friend. And, even, a snake's best friend.
“I love animals because they’re so playful and cute. They always love you,” said Parker, of Independence, Ky., as he plopped down a heavy cardboard box, full of leashes, food, toys, (lots of toys), and of course poop bags.
It’s all the loot that he has collected over the past month to give to the Kenton County Animal Shelter’s nearly 150 homeless animals.
The 7-year-old animal lover was at the Kenton County Animal Shelter’s Pet Fair about a month ago. His family often attends adoption events, since that’s where they met Zora, their black terrier-mix, which they adopted at the Boone County Animal Shelter.
After a great day of meeting several cats and dogs, on their way home, his mom, Crissy, told his older brother Austin that he should volunteer at the shelter to help bolster his college applications.
Parker shouted out from the back seat that he wanted to volunteer, but Crissy told him that he was too young.
Then the 2nd-grader came up with his own idea:
“I have to do something,” he remembered telling his mom. “So I came up with this.”