CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗕𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗼. The story that inspired AAP's Non-Profit.
Bruno was a dog set for amputation after getting viciously struck by a vehicle and tearing his Achilles tendon. Miami animal advocate Yolanda Berkowitz told me to meet her at Miami Dade Animal Services, and introduced me to Bruno who lay in the back of a medical ward. His face clenched in pain, cheeks were visibly moistened from tears shed, and yet he gave me a loving kiss on my hand as I stroked his mane. Yolanda told me that he was scheduled for an amputation of his left hind leg the very next morning, and I—as I'm sure many of you reading this would be—was disturbed by the impact that this would have on his life. With the permission of my mother, I immediately fostered Bruno. We gave him a full check-up, he was treated for hookworms, and then a surgery date was set for an Achilles tendon repair. We took him to surgery, brought him home, and cared for him for four months, so that his surgical site could heal. We did everything from having him fitted for a custom leg brace, to physical therapy to increase his range of motion. He fully healed—all four legs intact—and we found him an adoptive family in New Jersey to care for him.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗱?
After this, I vividly recall speaking to mom—my best friend—and pondering how many animals were like Bruno? How many were facing the unthinkable, without treatment? How many could we save if we provided loving people with a framework to help? This was the birth of Ally's Animal Project.
𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗲.
I am a high school sophomore at Riviera Preparatory School in Miami, FL, a native Miamian, and Gen Z influencer. When I'm not studying, I enjoy dancing, spending time at the beach, and caring for foster animals. My dream is to become a veterinarian, and, starting with Ally's Animal Project, having a meaningful impact on vulnerable animals' lives on a large-scale.
Personal Instagram: @_allygold
AAP Instagram: @allys_animal_project