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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters thirteen teens the nation. The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.

Patrick Pedraja and are teens making a differnce. Ayna Agarwal is very serious when it comes to helping animals. That’s why she started an international organization to help stop the overpopulation of animals. Called “SPOT Globally,” the organization educates communities around the world about the hazards of untreated stray animals living among humans. Each country has its own stray animal crisis and there are different reasons as to why they have this crisis,” Ayna told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

In India, it’s so overpopulated and there’s a negative stigma attached to these animals. In Bangkok, it’s because no one has been spaying or neutering them and the veterinarian profession is looked down upon, so no one is there to give them good care. Ayna’s quest to help animals began years ago after she witnessed a horrible event while on vacation in India. The 17 year old was nine at the time. I was in a car with my family and I saw a little puppy on the road,” she said. She had a hurt leg and a car came by and they didn’t stop or swerve or anything, they just ran over her. Ayna said she realized then that she had to do something to help these animals.

At first, Ayna’s efforts weren’t taken seriously because she was so young. She was turned away at the first shelter where she tried to volunteer. Now, her international organization is drawing lots of attention. Ayna was recently a participant at the Just Peace Summit in New York City. She was recognized for her work and taught how to better use social media and the Internet to promote her cause. Her biggest reward, however, has been actually making a difference. Knowing that one dog can produce 50,000 puppies in 10 years and that by sterilizing that one dog I saved many others ,” she said.

Also helping them find loving homes is very rewarding! What does Ayna see herself doing in five years and beyond? She is also working on a children’s book and activity book to hand out to younger kids to help foster empathy in young children towards animals so they will be treated with kindness. Ayna’s number one goal is to sterilize over 50,000 animals and to establish an organization that will last a very long time to help with the problem. She added that kids can help by making posters or have fundraisers to help spotglobal.