Ever since she was a little kid, 16-year-old Haley Hooper has loved and adored animals of all kinds. While many kids like animals, Hooper was different. She felt such a strong connection to animals that she decided she didn't want to wait until she was older to help them.
"I got my first dog named Penny when I was 6," Hooper told The Dodo. "Before then I had collected stuffed animals since I could not have a real pet yet! As a young girl knowing homeless animals were out there and helpless, I knew I needed to help them."