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Rush Creek Elementary Third Grader Walks, Raises Funds for Furry Friends

Apr 06, 2016 01:36PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Maple Grove third grader Leah Rimstad with her pets, Shady and Oreo. (Photo by Wendy Erlien)

Nine-year-old Maple Grove resident Leah Rimstad has a passion for pets.

With her dog Shady and hamster Oreo by her side, the Rush Creek Elementary third grader decided she wanted to help other animals.

“I love animals,” she said. “I wanted to figure out how I can help them so they have nice homes.”

Last year, Leah set out to raise $1,000 for the Animal Humane Society during the annual Walk for Animals fundraiser. This year, she hopes to exceed raising $1,000 to support her furry friends at the Animal Humane Society.

“It was really fun,” Leah said of the event. “There were all sorts of animals.”

The 2.5-mile Walk for Animals event is scheduled for May 7, beginning at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley and looping through Theodore Wirth Park.

Leah Rimstad (right) and friend at the 2015 Walk for Animals. (Photo provided by Carrie Rimstad)

“I got really excited when she wanted to sign up again this year,” Carrie Rimstad, Leah’s mother, said. The duo routinely visits the Animal Humane Society and she helps to spread the word about Leah’s efforts. “She’s opened my heart so much to helping animals.”

Sitting next to Shady, wearing a shirt with a dog on it, Leah shared her favorite - and the hardest - part about doing a fundraiser is “raising money.” She has sold ice cream, made treat bags for dogs, and “asked everyone we know.”  

“Animals have their lives, they have feelings,” she said. “We want them to be happy.”

Editor’s note: Click here to find out more and/or contribute to Leah’s fundraiser for the Animal Humane Society. 

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