Scottsdale girl forgoes Christmas presents to help save animals

It will be a happy new year for many rescued animals, thanks to a 12-year-old Scottsdale girl who asked for monetary donations instead of gifts this Christmas.

Katie Brown

Katie Brown

Katie Brown collected $700 for the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA from family and Santa in lieu of Christmas presents this year — she skipped presents from three sets of grandparents, several great aunts, aunts, and cousins, as well as Santa.

She visited the shelter at 25 N. 40th St., Phoenix, on New Year’s Eve with her mom, Molly Pont-Brown, to present the money.

AAWL & SPCA is the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter. The organization rescued more than 4,000 adoptable dogs and cats this past year, saving many of them from being unnecessarily euthanized, and provided food, housing and medical care for them until they were adopted.

Katie has a passion for helping the animals at AAWL & SPCA — last year, she helped a dog have dental surgery with donations she collected and she has also rounded up dog food in lieu of birthday gifts, made dog treats for the animals, and done a neighborhood blanket drive.

The local media rushed to interview Katie when she presented her donation to AAWL & SPCA on Dec. 31.

The local media rushed to interview Katie when she presented her donation to AAWL & SPCA on Dec. 31.

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