WAUKESHA, Wisconsin — A little girl’s birthday wish has nothing to do with birthday gifts for herself; she wants her family and friends to donate to help animals.
Hannah Okel, who turns 10 on Feb. 18., wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
For now, she’s doing whatever it takes to help shelter dogs.
Hannah has a pup of her own named Scout. “I chose this because if Scout needed surgery and we didn’t have enough money to pay for it, I would be sad. So, I am putting my feet in other people’s shoes and want to help those who can’t pay for their animal’s surgery,” the 9-year-old told PEOPLE.