Carlsbad Girl’s Passion For Pets Fosters Nonprofit Amid Pandemic

By Kristina Houck, Patch Staff

CARLSBAD, CA — A Carlsbad girl started off searching for a kitten to foster amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the 11-year-old animal activist has launched her own foster-based organization in San Diego County.

“I just decided I wanted to do more, so I started my own animal rescue,” said Genevieve, a sixth grade student at Calavera Hills Middle School in Carlsbad.

Genevieve, whose last name was withheld at her mother’s request, has always loved animals and began rescuing animals when she was 4 years old. She currently has a cat and a St. Bernard. Both are rescues.

In March 2020, when the pandemic first shut down schools and forced families to stay home, Genevieve fostered two sets of kittens. All four kittens were eventually adopted.

“I always knew I wanted to do something with animals,” said Genevieve, who also enjoys riding horses and playing violin.

“I’d been looking at all these shelters and I realized how important these shelters are,” Genevieve added. “I realized I’m not always going to be able to foster animals … so I just thought why not be on the other line of it? Why not help other animals go to their families?”

Genevieve shared her dream with her mother, Dominique Williams, who encouraged her daughter to research what it takes to start and manage a nonprofit organization.

“I put this all on Genevieve’s shoulders to understand how a nonprofit works, to understand the ins and outs of a shelter,” Williams said. “It wasn’t until she started getting really serous about doing the research that I stared helping her. It wasn’t going away.”

Genevieve spent hours researching the process. Her mother and stepfather offered to “match her efforts.”

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