Exposures: I Care: For her 9th birthday, girl gives instead of receives

In a small visiting room with sage-colored walls, Kendall Schrader snuggles with a one-eyed rabbit named “Willy AKA Black Jack,” which came to the Placer SPCA as a stray, requiring surgery. Black Jack is among the many animals helped by the center’s Guardian Angel fund, a program supported by donations for animals in need of medical or dental attention to improve their lives and chances for adoption.

Kendall wanted to help the animals, so for her ninth birthday party last week, the Roseville girl suggested that in lieu of gifts, her guests could bring a donation for the Guardian Angel program. With contributions from families of classmates, soccer friends and neighbors, Kendall raised nearly $500 at her party. But word got out, and donations kept coming in. Her mom’s co-workers added to the pot, and even her 11-year-old sister, Eleece, gave $40 of her own money.

On Friday, Kendall walked into the Roseville shelter, beaming with pride, and handed a wad of cash and checks totaling just over $900 to Tami Schmitz at the counter. “There’s a lot more (animals) that I need to help,” Kendall said. “I’m going to do it every year now.”

– Lezlie Sterling

More information

To donate to the Placer SPCA’s Guardian Angel program go to: www.placerspca.org/angels.html.