Junior Sydney Veltman spreads holiday cheer to animals in need


Sydney Veltman

Junior Sydney Veltman poses with her dog, Carlee, in the photo that was submitted to the Petco contest.

This December, holiday wishes aren’t just for humans. Junior Sydney Veltman is looking to spread holiday cheer to abandoned animals in the St. Louis area through a contest sponsored by Petco.

“Our dog has made a huge impact in our lives. She’s one of the sweetest dogs we’ve had,” Veltman said. “I was excited about winning the money because it meant that we could help other animals like her.”

Contestants could win between $5,000 and $100,000 if their entries got into the top 53, and Veltman was awarded $75,000. If they make the top five entries the shelter could receive 10,000 bowls of pet food, along with other necessities for shelters like cages and toys.

“Ever since my family got our dog Carlee, we’ve stayed in touch with the shelter we got her from, Needy Paws. We’ve sent them videos of Carlee, and we’re pretty close to them now. I really want to help them out, and this is a way of doing that,” Veltman said.

In order to win, she had to submit a story of why her pet had helped her and her family, which was then voted up on facebook to reach the finalists. Now, she needs help in reaching the top five.

“To all the people thinking of voting, I would say please vote. It will help not only the shelter, but also show support for the animals in need,” Veltman said. “Most of the animals there have disabilities, like Carlee who was very traumatized from fighting and starvation. The shelter could really use the money.”

Voting for the People’s Choice award ends on Dec. 31, so  head on over to the Facebook page to read more about Carlee’s story and help the Needy Paws Rescue – St. Louis, Missouri holiday season.  To cast your vote you select the story of your choice and then scroll to the bottom of the page to submit your vote.