John Flaherty watches over his daughter, Brittany Flaherty, 9, while she arranges the items she has collected for animal control. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
HAMPTON — Brittany Flaherty loves animals.
The Hampton Elementary student is taking her love a step further than most her age. She’s collecting items for the animals at Clayton County Animal Control.
Though she’s aware that not all animals make it out of the facility alive, she said she wants them to have a better life.
“I want them to be happy even the last few days of their life,” Brittany said.
For the last six weeks, Brittany, 9, has raised $253 to buy things like food, toys, treats and blankets for the cats and dogs.
“She told anyone who would listen,” said Darlene Blanton, Brittany’s grandmother. “I’m really proud of her, she’s got such a good heart.”
John Flaherty, Brittany’s dad, agrees.
“She’s always been giving,” he said. “She’s always thinking about others.”
Flaherty is a K-9 officer with the Clayton County Police Department. He’s been a handler for eight years.
In addition to her father’s K-9, the family has cats, dogs, guinea pigs and fish.
Recently, Brittany helped her mother rescue 19 cats from animal control.
“It was euthinization day and my wife was able to work out a transport to North Carolina to save them,” Flaherty said.
Brittany and her family plan to deliver their collected items to the facility next week. Anyone interested in donating to her cause can call 404-787-3645.
As for the rest of her summer, Brittany is planning to attend a math camp and looking forward to starting fourth grade.