8-year-old Florida boy on a mission to save furry lives

By Leah Masuda, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

A  Bay area boy is on a mission to save lives. Kenny Lewis, 8, visits local animal shelters and then tries to get them into forever homes.

“They really need a home,” Kenny said holding a dog named Fawn. Kenny is talking about the 7.6 million animals that enter shelters nationwide each year.

This year, Pasco County Animal Services will participate in the national event Just One Day.

  • Just One Day will be held on June 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brandon Honda, MINI of Wesley Chapel, and BMW of Sarasota.

Kenny visited his first shelter in Pasco County a few weeks ago.

“I felt sad, sad because there are all these good dogs that really need a home,” he said.

So he decided to make a video on his YouTube channel called, “The Kenny Show,” and it’s catching on.

“I can reach every single person in the world,” he said.

The little boy has noticed things most 8 year olds may not even think about.

“Imagine in this much of space, for your whole life, I mean that wouldn’t feel that good,” he said talking about the kennels. “They should be having fun in their own way like running and playing fetch.”

Kenny wishes he could take them all home.

“We do have a one story house so it would be over capacity,” he said.

Overcapacity like many shelters across the nation including Pasco County Animal Services.

At Pasco County Animal Services they save 90 percent or more of the animals. However across the nation, many are not so lucky. The ASPCA says 2.7 million animals are euthanized a year.

Kenny hopes people will see the love these animals have to share and maybe take one, or two home.

He hopes his message reaches enough people before Thursday’s event.

Kenny just started advocating for animals in shelters. He plans on going to events and making more videos.