8th grader Aiden Horwitz is the perfect example of how you are never too young to make a difference.
The 13-year-old is currently making headlines for her innovative school project: a website that pairs human adopters with their ideal shelter companion.
The website was created for the Passion Project elective at Aiden’s school, the Austin Jewish Academy. Students who take the year-long class are asked to develop a project that addresses an issue near and dear to their heart.
Aiden’s website, Dog Do Or Dog Don’t, asks potential pet owners to fill out a 13-question survey that collects information on what kind of house they have, whether they have children, what kind of resources they can provide for the pup, as well as several other metrics. Once the survey is complete, it tallies up the scores and displays all of the compatible dogs that are listed on the Austin Pets Alive! website.
The Austin Pets Alive! is an animal rescue organization based out of Austin, Texas. Since there are hundreds of pets available for adoption on their website, Aiden’s service has been hailed as huge help for the organization. Not only that, but animal shelter intake has consistently been shown to increase during the warm season.
The 13-year-old says that her website has already garnered over 10,000 clicks on her website, which has resulted in 5 adoptions.
Despite the website only starting as a school project, Aiden plans on expanding the service to other shelters and states.
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