Sofia has always had a soft spot for helping animals. Her mom works at a shelter as an animal care technician and they foster as many animals as they can. Sofia is always happy to help, especially when it involves playing with groups of puppies or kittens.
Because Sofia is still too young to officially volunteer at the shelter, she helps out with the foster dogs and cats her mom takes in. The family specializes in taking in dogs with medical issues or special needs, and also kittens who still need to be bottle-fed.
Sofia helps with care for her foster siblings. From feeding them…
…to reading to them…
…to snuggling with them…
…to making sure they always have a warm place to sleep.
“Sofia has a way with animals that is simply astounding,” Emily Rook, Sofia’s mom said. “They respond to her. The level of empathy she shows to them makes my heart want to explode. I am one proud mama.”
When Rook has to go to work and Sofia doesn’t have school, Sofia gets to accompany her mom to the shelter and do a little supervised volunteering. She helps feed all of the dogs and cats while her mom doles out meds and checks up on everyone … but sometimes, she gets a little distracted by all of the kittens.
“She went into the kennel to help feed them, and ended up hanging out in there getting bowled over with puppy love,” Rook said. “She simply collapsed onto the floor giggling as they all leapt to lick, love and play. It was ridiculously cute.”
The puppies jumped all over her and practically knocked her over. Sofia didn’t seem to mind one bit. The puppies seemed to think she was one of them, and Sofia was more than happy to pretend for a little while.
Sofia may be only 8-years-old, but she already seems to have found her calling in life. She will continue to be the best foster sister to all of the animals her mom brings home until she’s old enough to work in the shelter herself.
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