In life, there is always a way to make a difference and sometimes when you start out doing one thing, you find your path growing in another direction, all the while encompassing what you have been doing as well. This is true for Grace Hamlin and her journey creating W-under Dogs, an organization that was developed by one person to lift up underprivileged children in her community, while helping the dogs in their community.
W-under Dogs Mission is defined as “… to address the challenges that disadvantaged at-risk youth face and provide them with the skills and sense of accomplishment to help them overcome the challenges in their lives. We believe that the W-Underdogs program will energize the families, kids and in turn, contribute to a better community both short and long term.”
At the core, the children are learning basic animal responsibilities and learning to care for another living being other than themselves. This awakened compassion has led to so many other things as the children begin to take on tasks that improve their quality of life and the quality of life of others in their community. Including, but not limited to, (Dog House Project) building dog houses for neighbors who don’t have one for their dogs who live in the backyard. Teaching the kids how to manage, care and train dogs and cats and vet them as needed. They learn personal discipline and responsibility as they rehabilitate the animals. They learn how to care for animals and in turn, how to care for themselves and compassion for others. They learn teamwork and how to work as a group. They learn how to manage the expectations of others.