CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With some determination -- and a lot of 25-cent bubble gum -- Hannah Stricker hopes to make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs.
The 8-year-old, a third-grader at Shoals Elementary School, has so far raised money to cover the adoption fee for one dog and offset half the costs of another at the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter.
She hopes that without an adoption fee, someone will adopt the animals.
It took Hannah four days of selling bubble gum from her front lawn and going door-to-door asking for donations to raise the first $76, enough for a typical adoption fee at the shelter.
"[Hannah] likes to be able to help out as best she can," said Nina Shell, Hannah's mother. "She's really driven."
Hannah got the idea for helping the shelter dogs from her time in the Girl Scouts. Her troop has been involved at the shelter in the past, Shell said.
Hannah was also motivated by a love for dogs. Her family has two of its own. One of them was a stray they found roaming the streets, Hannah said.
For the first dog, Hannah had the choice between sponsoring a puppy and an older dog. Both of them were really cute, she said.
"I knew the smaller one was cuter than the other and that one would be easier to adopt," Hannah said.
So she chose to sponsor Heidi, a 6-year-old shepherd mix whose owner turned her in.