Piling It On for Pets: Twelve-Year-Old Collects Thousands of Pet Supplies for Animal Shelters : The Humane Society of the United States

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“It’s important for shelter animals to have blankets and other things,” says Harley. “They will be more comfortable and maybe less scared.” Cherie Helman

Imagine a pile of more than 3,000 blankets, sheets, quilts, towels, pet toys, supplies, and pet food. It would probably fill your classroom—maybe even overflow out the door! That’s how many items Harley Helman’s organization, Blankets Fur Beasties, has collected for shelter animals.

Always an animal lover, eight-year-old Harley felt good when she and her family donated blankets to a local shelter. “It’s important for shelter animals to have blankets and other things. They will be more comfortable and maybe less scared.”

But Harley knew her family couldn’t provide blankets for all the animals in northeast Ohio who needed them. That’s when she decided to ask other people for donations—and Blankets Fur Beasties was born.

Fast forward

Four years later, her organization is still going strong…

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