A Child's Mission to Feed Animals in Shelters

Mimi started Freekibble when she was 11 to feed homeless dogs at her local shelter. So far they've served over 15 million meals to dogs and cats across the USA!

by
- Posted on Mar 14, 2016

Helping Hands: Free Kibble

Helping animals is my passion. I started volunteering at the Humane Society at nine years old—as soon as they would let me!

Subscribe to Guideposts’ New Inspiring Pets Magazine ‘All Creatures’!

At home, my family enjoyed playing the games on freerice.org, which donates 10 grains of rice to a global food bank for every trivia question that visitors answer. That gave me an idea—maybe people would answer trivia questions to give food to shelter animals too.

We created freekibble.com and freekibblekat.com. There’s a new question each day, and whether you get it right or not, you donate 10 pieces of kibble to animal shelters. At first, a pet shop donated the food, but now Halo, Purely for Pets, is our exclusive kibble sponsor. Delivering the food to the Humane Society of Central Oregon the first time, I realized that if we were providing the food, shelters could pay for toys, bowls, beds, leashes—supplies that make life better and more fun for the animals.

Guideposts readers save 5% with Nationwide Pet Insurance!

That was in 2008. Since then, we started Freekibble Cares to spread the word about lesser-known animal-welfare organizations. We’ve also added freekatlitter.com to relieve shelters’ litter expenses.

We’ve fed more than 15 million meals to dogs and cats, keeping them happy and healthy until they find a forever home.

View Comments