Willow Phelps, the 2016 ASPCA Kid of the Year

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BRIANNA FOSTER

Willow Phelps, the 2016 ASPCA Kid of the Year, stands with her family horse, named Chance.

Fourth-grader Willow Phelps loves helping animals. She has gone swimming to raise money for a kitten in need of a leg amputation, and cared for homeless dogs and cats. She has raised nearly $11,000 for animals and people in need. The nine-year-old dedicates her time not only to giving animals a voice but also ensuring that each and every one is treated fairly and with dignity. She even protested the NY Blood Center in hopes to free chimpanzees stranded in Liberia.

Now, Phelps is being commended for her efforts to help animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) named her the 2016 ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year. This award is given to kids who make a substantial effort to help animals.

Other animal advocates and heroes were also recognized at a luncheon recently in New York City. This year’s winners include Golden Retriever Ruthie (Dog of the Year), Blake (Cat of the Year), K9 pit bull Kiah (Public Service Award), and Senator Bob Dole (Presidential Service Award).