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11-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand Raises $61K for Local Animal Shelters [Video]



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  • Delanie Dennis, an 11-year-old from Tampa, Florida, has raised more than $61,000 for local animal rescues through her lemonade stand.
  • Delanie’s passion for animals and her lemonade stand has earned her recognition as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ “Kid of the Year” in 2022.
  • Delanie’s dedication to animal welfare has inspired her generation to help animals, and she continues to volunteer her time at her favorite animal rescue and host an annual rescue event, called “Squeeze the Day,” to promote pet adoptions.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

11-year-old Delanie Dennis from Tampa, Florida, is making a significant difference one glass of lemonade at a time.

Since 2019, Delanie has been running her own lemonade stand, which has raised over $61,000 for local animal rescues in the Tampa Bay area.

Delanie’s passion for animals started when she was just 7 years old when she came up with the idea to sell lemonade to raise money for animals. Her family opened her lemonade stand, called Delanie’s Lemonade Stand, in their Tampa restaurant five years ago.

Each month, the lemonade stand’s proceeds are donated to an animal rescue organization of Delanie’s choice. The funds have been given to a range of animal rescues, including Mastino Rescue, a nonprofit that helps rescue Neapolitan Mastiffs, which is the organization Delanie is supporting this month.

Delanie’s hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, and she has become part of the next generation of animal advocates.


In 2022, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recognized her as their “Kid of the Year.”

During her acceptance speech, Delanie encouraged other children to believe in themselves and their ability to change the world, saying “I especially want all the kids out there to know that I think kids, at any age, can change the world.”

Delanie’s love for animals goes beyond raising funds; she also volunteers her time at her favorite animal rescue, which is home to her pet donkey, Burrito.

Moreover, Delanie hosts an annual rescue event, called “Squeeze the Day,” where people can adopt animals. Her selflessness and dedication are inspiring, and she wants to inspire her generation to help animals.

Delanie’s passion has caught the attention of many, including Veterinary Emergency Group, a veterinary hospital with locations across the country.

During a live appearance on “Good Morning America,” she was surprised with a $2,500 donation to her lemonade stand.


Delanie’s story is a heartwarming reminder of the difference one person, no matter their age, can make.

Her passion for animals and her drive to make a change is an inspiration to us all, and her commitment to helping animals shows that we can all make a difference.

Source: Good Morning America