Rhys Stevens, age eight, is making a difference by combining two of his biggest passions: dogs and biking. The little boy from Willingham, England took it upon him to start a fundraiser to benefit dogs rescued from the dog meat trade.
Stevens was moved after watching a documentary about the dog meat trade industry, and the youngster felt compelled to do something about it. His mother, Kathleen Stevens, encouraged her son to find a realistic way for him to get involved and make a difference.
“Rhys is passionate about dogs and animals in general. He just wants to do good things and make a difference,” Kathleen Stevens told People.
Rhys Stevens’ friends, family, and neighbors now donate money for every mile Stevens bikes, thus far raising $400 for China Rescue Dogs.
China Rescue Dogs has the mission to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from the meat trade in China, relocating them to loving forever homes in the US and in Canada.
The nonprofit paired Stevens with Lola, a 1.5 year old husky. Lola needs $2,500 in transportation fees before she is connected to her forever home, and Stevens promises to keep pedaling until he meets that goal.
“The fact that an 8-year-old boy, halfway around the world, is so selfless that he would want to ride his bike to help us save these dogs brings tears to my eyes.” said Jill Stewart, president and founder of China Rescue Dog.
Lola is scheduled to fly to the United States in April, and she is one of 240 canines that the nonprofit is trying to place into homes, so every dollar donated is crucial.
To learn more about China Rescue Dogs and support their efforts, visit the organization’s website and donate to Rhys Stevens’ fundraiser HERE.