The determined boy now plans to cycle 100 miles before the end of March to raise money and rescue dogs from China. “Rhys is passionate about dogs and animals in general. He just wants to do good things and make a difference.”
You cannot call yourself an animal lover if you are able to just sit around after witnessing how cruelly dogs are being treated. Sometimes we might not be able to do anything, but we feel that rage from within, but an 8-year-old boy decided that age is just a number. Rhys Stevens from Willingham, England, recently came up with a fundraiser for the benefit of the canines rescued from the dog meat trade.
According to a press release by China Rescue Dogs, Stevens, unlike most boys his age, is pedaling his lime green Zebra bike to make a difference in the lives of many abused and rescued dogs. Rhys saw a documentary on the meat-trade and the slaughterhouses in China, which left him disturbed and wanted to do something to put those dogs out of their misery.
China Rescue Dogs is a nonprofit organization in Vass, North Carolina, where they focus on rescuing dogs from the meat trade. The pets rescued are then transported to North America to find forever homes. The little boy's mother, Kathleen Stevens encouraged him and said even though he's on the other side of the world, there still will be a way to help the doggies. That's when the compassionate boy decided to ride his bike to raise money! "He has friends and family, and even a local construction company, that is now donating money for every mile that Rhys rides for the dogs. Right now, he is up over £300."
His mom says that she's just so proud of her son, “Rhys is passionate about dogs and animals in general. He just wants to do good things and make a difference.” On Facebook, the boy shared: "I'm raising money for China Rescue Dogs Inc and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a little or a lot. Anything helps. I’m going to cycle 100 miles before the 31st of March to help raise money for this amazing charity. Thank you for your support."
Jill Stewart, President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs is incredibly moved by his determination to help: “The fact that an 8-year-old boy, halfway around the world, is so selfless that he would want to ride his bike to help us save these dogs, brings tears to my eyes.”
To help Rhys, Stewart matched Lola, a one-and-a-half-year-old Husky, with Rhys so. Stewart adds, “The fees to transport Lola out of China are approximately $2,500 USD. All the money Rhys generates with his bike ride fundraiser will go towards Lola’s transport fees.”
As for Rhys, the 8-year-old is happy he's able to help in any way he can. Despite his quiet and shy demeanor, he has discovered, “I feel very happy that I’m doing this. I feel very excited that the money I am raising is helping Lola to get to her new home. I love dogs so much and this makes me very happy.”
Lola is scheduled to leave China in April to find her forever home, and when she does settle in, Lola and her parents will be forever grateful to Rhys and his bike.
Cover Image Source: China Rescue Dogs