From her mom, Erin Borges:
I told her that people donate and every penny counts. She took it to heart and sprung into action. We went to Smart N Final later that afternoon and Dahlia found her first penny and said ‘Mommy! For the Puppies!’
I told her that was a great idea and she took it from there.
Dahlia began ‘Pennies for Puppies’ and used my Facebook page to get the word out and also thank donors who contributed.
She grew a fan base QUICKLY and the pennies began to pour in from all over the United States! We rolled 20,000 pennies and brought our first donation to The SPCA for Monterey County during a telethon.
Dahlia captured their hearts and her efforts grew. To date, Dahlia has raised nearly $1500 for The SPCA Monterey County and decided this year to forego candy on Halloween and instead, collect ‘Pennies for Puppies’ in lieu of sweets.
The SPCA has blogged about Dahlia ( https://www.spcamc.org/introducing-spcas-next-development-director/ ) and we (her parents Shawn and Erin) are so incredibly proud of her.