Brahm Schoening knows how to celebrate his birthday with style. He recently turned 15 and the friends who came to his party at the family home in Treynor, Iowa hung around all afternoon, literally.
Included in the assortment of inflatables in his yard was a Velcro bounce wall that pinned his jumping guests above ground with legs dangling.
Even more unusual was the request Brahm made of his friends in regard to birthday presents.
“I asked for dog toys and cleaning supplies and anything to benefit dogs at the shelter,” explained Brahm in an interview with WOWT 6 News.
It’s the third year in a row that Brahm has donated his birthday gifts to the Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter.
“I wanted to do more for the animals that were just found abandoned somewhere. Something needed to be done for them and I just wanted to do something nice for the dogs and cats out there that don't have a home."
Brahm has a heart for animals. He and with his parents care for two dogs and seven cats at their home, along with two lizards, a snake, tortoise, and a number of fish.
“The amount of animals that his gift will help is huge,” said Animal Control Supervisor Chuck Coulter. “We clean every day with bleach and dish soap, so the supplies he gave help with our biggest needs every year.”
Brahm also presented a check for $300 to the shelter.
Included among the animals in the shelter when Brahm presented his donation, was a reclusive dog named Bella that had been surrendered by her owner.
“A trainer comes in every day to work with her,” said Coulter. “She’s terrified and we hope one day to bring her out of her shell so she’ll be ready for a permanent home.”
“It’s just really disheartening to see dogs like that,” said Brahm. “They’re living things, they don’t deserve to feel frightened, they don’t deserve to feel afraid, they don’t deserve to feel alone.”
Mature words for a 15-year old who came up with a unique way to help.