Amy Williams' summer went to the dogs. And the cats, too.
The Stoneleigh girl, 16, spearheaded a pet supply drive for Hons on a Mission, a group of Stoneleigh women that runs community charity drives.
Williams, a rising senior at, is president of the school's Partnership for Animal Welfare.
"We do a drive every year at our school, but this year we noticed that animal shelters are taking in more pets than ever before but also receiving less donations, so I thought it would be great if we could bring that drive into my neighborhood and try to extend the drive even more to help more shelters," she said.
The Williams' home is a bit of a shelter, too. The family has a 10-year-old Havenese dog and two bunnies. Crawfish, frogs and hedgehogs have also called the Williams residence home at one point or another.
"I've always been extremely interested in animals," Williams said. "Even in the first grade I would bring home books from the library about every breed of dog and I just wanted to read as much as I could."
Working with Hons on a Mission, she made signs and placed bins at eight Stoneleigh homes and collected hundreds of items, including toys, blankets and food, which she then donated to the Humane Society of Harford County and the Defenders of Animal Rights in Phoenix.
Her mother, Pam, had to do little to encourage her.
"I made sure that she had all the supplies she needed," Pam Williams said. "I drove her—she didn't have her license yet; she does now."
Donna Rae Smith, the organizer of Hons on a Mission (which is unincorporated), said pet supplies are far from the most unusual thing they've collected—the group has had drives in the past for women's business clothing and used towels. The group holds monthly food drives and other drives every quarter.
Williams is far from done helping out for the summer, as she is also serving as a camp counselor at Friends School in Baltimore. She plans to study civil engineering in the future, but believes animals will always be a part of her life. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of helping them, she said.
"It was great and (the staff's) reactions were really great. They were so thankful," she said. "We got to also visit with some of the pets that were there and it was great to know that our donations were really going to help some of them."