Meet 10-year-old animal ambassador, Will Finch. At the age of 7, Will’s dreams of having a dog came true when his family brought home a puppy. His Mom named the puppy ‘Karma’ and explained to Will what ‘good karma’ meant. To be fair, at that time, the name of the puppy meant very little to Will. The only thing he could think of was loving his adorable new puppy.
Karma and Will were inseparable. They walked together, played together and Karma was always on his pillow at bedtime. After a few short weeks, Karma took a rather sudden and drastic turn towards illness. The Vet shared the devastating news that Karma had the canine Parvovirus and likely was too small and young to survive. Regrettably, Karma died days later at home with his family. Although everyone was heartbroken, it hit Will the hardest. Through his tears, Will described that he felt “his heart was breaking inside his tummy.” Only then did he reflect on the name ‘Karma’. He felt that this was somehow ‘bad karma’ and he struggled with understanding why this happened to his dog and our family.
From this loss, Will set off on a mission to bring some ‘Good Will Good Karma’ to other animals. On his 8th birthday, in lieu of birthday presents, Will wished only for donations of food, supplies and money to donate to local animals in need. Since then, he has been making waves (or wagging tails) throughout the rescue community by showing up at events to volunteer and then surprising the rescues with generous donations.
Now just 10 years old, Will has raised and donated close to $5,000. He volunteers his time as a cat cuddler for ‘All Paws Cat Rescue’, hosts bake sales, and helps with dog walking and care for ‘Fetch and ReLeash Dog Rescue’. Will also posts videos to feature animals in need of adoption and gives presentations about his rescues to various classes at his school (Levi Creek Public School). Will’s school and teachers have been an incredible support of his mission to rescue and educate.
Will has been featured on the radio station BOOM 97.3 and he recently appeared on Breakfast Television. He has social media campaigns on Facebook and Instagram managed by his big sister, Jada. ‘Good Will Good Karma’ also has a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign. Will is honouring his dog Karma by inspiring and educating others of all ages to volunteer, donate, rescue, adopt and to be kind to animals.
Story and Photos by Kristi Finch – Will’s mother