President Obama and Young Americans

Canine Compassion

Mackinzie Klima

Mackinzie Klima. (Photo Courtesy of HelloGiggles)

Here at the White House, there are few faces more loved than that of Bo, the First Family’s Portuguese water dog. Really, how can anyone resist an adorable animal, particularly when sporting some seasonal accessories? The First Dog has been a well-loved part of First Family history, dating back even to George Washington himself. And while Bo is one of the most-well known dogs in the nation, he is lucky to have a loving family to look after him. One compassionate young woman is working hard to help less fortunate dogs find great homes of their own.

This edition of “Women Working to Do Good” highlights Mackinzie Klima, a professional caregiver and animal rescue extraordinaire who opened a dog rescue clinic in North Carolina. Mackinzie and her team dedicate their time to fostering 13 rescued dogs and educating her community on vaccines, behavior, and proper dog care. The author writes,

For Mackinzie, it goes beyond just the surface work of animal rescue. The core of SFABBR's mission is to educate the community. “I feel that removing a dog from a [dangerous] situation is just putting a band-aid on the situation,” explained Mackinzie,“We really want to educate people to stop the problem from reoccurring.”

Mackinzie’s life-long love for animals has given abandoned and often abused dogs a second-chance at happiness. And saving the life of any living creature, no matter how furry, is cause for celebration.


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 Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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