Heroes For Animals: Aiden Mackey

Aiden Mackey

He might be a rather young person, but Aiden Mackey already knows more about compassion and activism than many adults. Eleven-year-old Aiden adopted his dog Ace from Nevins, and frequently visits the animals at the farm, but when he met a severely underweight, wounded horse named Flora he knew he had to do something to help her. With some help from his mom, his aunt, and the Nevins staff, Aiden set up an online fundraising page, ran a lemonade stand, and asked his friends on Facebook to help. His generous spirit was noted in a newspaper article that prompted even more donations, and Aiden eventually raised more than $4,000 to help with Flora’s medical costs. Aiden continued to visit Flora, even when she went to a foster home. His mom says, “So many life lessons have come out of this experience for Aiden. He now sees how little things can make a big difference, that there are kind people in this world, that there are consequences for all actions (both good and bad), and that, no matter what, you need to have the confidence to stand up for what you believe in.” Aiden wants his own farm some day—and we bet he’ll find a way to make that happen!

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