10-year-old has raised nearly $5,000 with lemonade for animal shelter

 The Dearborn Animal Shelter is hoping to build a new complex so they can do more all the animals that need new homes. 

And their youngest fundraiser, a little girl with a big heart, is raising money with a lemonade stand.

"Zoe is the most amazing kid that I know," said Kellie Sisung of the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. "Not only is she a fearless fundraiser but she's an awesome advocate for animals."

She is a pint-sized lemonade peddler who can really bring them in. Zoe Acker has a way with words and her price point is right on.

"Lemonade, fresh lemonade for only .50 cents," she said. "All proceeds go to the Dearborn Animal Shelter."

At just 10 years old Zoe is the youngest fundraiser for the shelter and also one of the most successful.

"I did a lot of lemonade stands, most of the money came from my family," she said. "And I rented my dad out for work."

Zoe started raising money for the shelter at 5 years old. Her mother estimates that she collected close to $5,000. That's a lot of lemonade and it is pretty good too.

"I think it's great," said her mother, Beth Acker. "She enjoys it and she has a great time doing it and she's trying to help the dogs."

Zoe's now helping to give those dogs a new home by embarking in the shelter's Capitol Campaign. She's the only child who is a table captain for the Raise the Wood breakfast set for June 10.

"When I asked her if she understood what it meant, she didn't blink," Sisung said. "She said she would contact her doctor, her principal and make them believe in it 'Like I do.'"

The Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter are $2.5 million away from building a bigger and better facility. But with Zoe's zest and determination, they will get there one cup at a time.

"I just feel like I'm helping alot of animals," she said. "I just love doing it."

Zoe sold more than $200 of lemonade and donations at Friday's stand. 

If you missed out and can't attend the benefit breakfast you can contribute HERE. To learn more about the shelter, go to https://www.dearbornanimals.org/

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