By Diane Herbst, DivineCaroline via Tonic
Mimi Ausland, the junior high-schooler who invented Freekibble.com, is personally responsible for feeding thousands of dogs and cats in shelters across America. Today, there’s an easy way for you to help her do even more.
When she was a toddler, Mimi Ausland loved animals so much her parents called her Dr. Doolittle. At her home in Bend, Oregon, Mimi rescued injured birds and fish, even spiders. At the age of seven, told she was too young to work at the local Humane Society, Mimi started mailing spare change to the shelter. “She just has this huge heart and it plays out with animals,” says her father, Kelly, forty-eight. “She’s always been protective and passionate about animals.”
In 2008, Mimi, now thirteen, shared her passion with the world in a big way, developing an online trivia game called Freekibble.com and FreekibbleKat.com with the help of her mom and dad. Players answer one question about dogs, another about cats, and whether right or wrong, ten pieces of kibble per question are donated to a shelter by a holistic pet food maker.
How much pet food could actually be raised ten bits at a time, you ask?