El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — Dog is man's best friend, but one girl is proving you need not be a man or woman to help our four-legged friends.
Eleanor Ann Schoenbrun, 10, started "Pennies Fur Pets", a campaign that has raised nearly $20,000 in just three years for the Animal Rescue League of El Paso.
"Well, dogs can't help themselves, nor cats. They can't go to the refrigerator and make themselves a sandwich, they can't turn on the faucet for water, and they can't go let themselves out. So dogs really depend on us for every single thing that they need," said Eleanor.
Eleanor got the idea after reading the newspaper.
"We started 'Pennies Fur Pets' when I read in the newspaper that 19,000 homeless animals were killed each year just in El Paso, and I just needed to make a difference," said Eleanor.
Eleanor and her family has even adopted a dog, Gus, since starting their efforts 3 years ago.
Eleanor's mother, Lisa, says her daughter has received national recognition from the Newman's Own Foundation for Make a Difference Day, which this year is Oct. 26.
Since 2011, Eleanor's efforts have raised $18,200 total for the Animal Rescue League. She's hoping to reach the $20,000 mark next week.
"Pennies Fur Pets" will be collecting donations in the form of cash, check, or credit card information at the Starbucks, 6015 Mesa St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.