04/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mimi Ausland's Feeds Thousands Of Hungry Animals

Another miraculous story from the "One Person Can Do So Much" department. Thirteen-year-old Mimi Ausland created in April 2008. The site functions similarly to and, which use online ad revenue to purchase supplies which are then donated.

To date, has given more than 400,000 pounds of dog and cat food to shelters.


The organization is the sole supplier of food for 14 shelters across the country. Another 60 rescues have received tens of thousands of pounds of huge one-time donations. An average of 45,000 people visit the site daily. "It's so cool, it's really exciting," says Mimi, a seventh grader. "I knew it was important that I did something for others."

Scores of financially-strapped animal welfare organizations are grateful. The day after hurricane Fay hit South Florida in August 2008 and destroyed most of the food at Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Clewiston, Mimi contacted the rescue and asked if they needed food. "When I got her email, all I could do was cry," says sanctuary founder Palena Dorsey. "It was like heaven had opened and the hand of God touched my heart."

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