6-year-old Tanner Wilson loves animals. Most kids his age ask for toys for their birthday, but at his party in January, he asked for donations.
Tanner got around 600 pounds of dog food, 30 rolls of paper towels, and 60 gallons of bleach. Now, he has a new vision for the Mayfield/Graves County animal shelter.
Tanner wants to create a dog park for the animals kept at the shelter. It’s outlined on a tri-fold board he created several weeks ago. “He said 'I want to talk for the dogs that can't talk for themselves,'” his mom, Kate Wilson, said. He’s just waiting on permission from the board in charge of the shelter and donations to make his vision come to life.
“A dog stand and a jumping hoop” are just a couple of features Tanner listed that he wants included in the new park.
Tanner volunteers at the animal shelter a couple of times a week, or anytime he can, really. In order to take the animals for a walk, they have to be on a leash. Tanner wants them to have the same amount of space his dogs have to play. He thinks this will help people get to know the animals before adopting them.
The board will vote on the measure on Sept. 19. If they accept his proposal, he will need to raise about $500 for the equipment. His mom says they plan on setting up a GoFundMe account and a couple of fundraisers. Any extra monetary donations will be given to the shelter.