LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- At 10 years old, Samantha Frenck is a little girl on a big mission: To improve the lives of animals around the world.
To achieve that goal, Frenck has launched Operation Critter, but the fourth grader admits she is ill-equipped to take on such a lofty challenge -- at least right away.
"There's so much that needs to be done all over the world, and I feel that I have to do something," Frenck said. "But I have school, and homework, and saxophone practice, and soccer and softball. I can only do so much."
So, she's starting small, and hoping to make a big difference.
Frenck, whose best friend is a shelter-rescued 4-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Rascal, said that after visiting animal shelters she noticed something was missing.
"Animal shelters do a good job of caring for homeless animals, but usually only have enough money to provide food, medicine and basic needs," she said. "These animals don't have those extra comforts like toys, treats and blankets that adopted pets get to enjoy at their forever homes."
Frenck decided that Operation Critter's first initiative will help to improve the lives of those animals already living in shelters or with foster families.
"Even though these animals don't have homes yet, they still deserve to have fun and be happy," she said. "If I can raise money, even just $1 from many people, I can buy those extra things and donate them to the shelters myself."
In an effort to reach as many people as possible and make it easy to donate, Frenck got her parents' approval, used her allowance to buy a website, learned basic web design and created www.operationcritter.com. She linked the site with PayPal to make raising funds easier and more secure.
"If you donate at least $1, we'll send you a certificate you can print and frame," she said. "If you donate at least $10, we'll put your name the website's Paw Board."
Rather than work with specific animal shelters, Operation Critter helps any shelter or homeless animal caregiver that seeks help.
"Shelters or foster parents can contact us through www.operationcritter.com, and we'll come to the rescue!" Frenck said. "As long as the animals in your care don't have those little extras, we'll help you out."
Frenck, who has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, said she intends to devote her life to helping animals.
"We may not be able to change the world right away, but we definitely can change the world for the animals we help."
About Operation Critter
Operation Critter (www.OperationCritter.com) is a non-profit organization founded by fourth grader Samantha Frenck with the goal of improving the lives of animals around the world.
SOURCE Operation Critter