Nine-year-old boy starts a no-kill animal shelter thanks to viral photo and donations from all over the world

June 1, 2017 10:08 pm Last Updated: June 1, 2017 10:08 pm

What animal lover doesn’t dream of opening their very own animal shelter? A little boy named Ken had this dream and after a photo of him and three stray dogs made its way around the Internet, he was able to make his dream a reality.

According to the website for Happy Animals Club, Ken always wanted to open a shelter to help the stray cats and dogs that roamed the streets near his home in the Philippines. His father told him that it would take a lot of money and many years in order to open one, but that didn’t stop Ken from dreaming.

Once the photo of Ken feeding the stray dogs went viral, people started donating money so he could take care of the dogs.

He was just nine years old at the time.

Mavi has joined the Happy Animals Club! We filmed her arrival at the club.

Posted by Happy Animals Club on Friday, September 25, 2015


Ken took the dogs in and in almost no time he saw a drastic improvement in their health.

Two months after the photo of Ken went viral he had received enough money to open a shelter, so with the $1,500 he received he rented a 10,000-square-foot space for one year.

Since Ken opened the doors to Happy Animals Club he has continued to take care of stray animals.

He prides himself on not keeping the cats or dogs in cages, unless they are sick.

Abby, rescued as a newborn in January along with her brothers Arthur and Andrew, was transferred tp the adult cat population's cat villa on September 26.

Posted by Happy Animals Club on Monday, January 9, 2017


Now that Ken has the facilities to treat and take care of the stray animals, he writes on his website that the hardest part and what he needs help with the most is finding these animals homes.

“Our big challenge now is to make a system for finding the dogs good homes once they are healthy again,” Ken says. “This is a problem because in the Philippines most people want pure breed dogs. They don’t like mutts, even though mutts are just as smart, just as loyal, and just as loving.”

What a sweet thing this boy has done for his community.

Gisele, Claudia, and Hansel were transferred to a bigger unit on September 9.

Posted by Happy Animals Club on Monday, January 9, 2017


He didn’t let anyone stand in the way of his dream of helping animals.

Ken wished Frappuccino well on August 27, the day of his sterilization.

Posted by Happy Animals Club on Monday, January 9, 2017


To help Ken and the Happy Animals Club you can donate to the shelter on his website.

Posted by Happy Animals Club on Sunday, October 18, 2015