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(CNN)A 14-year-old girl has raised $14,000 for senior dogs who have been left behind with the goal of helping them find a forever home like she did when she was adopted.

Meena Kumar at nine months old was found abandoned in a basket on a college campus in Pune, India. After spending a year in an orphanage, she was adopted by a couple in Mumbai and brought to San Jose, California.
    In Mumbai, Meena would watch over a litter of puppies at her home. When she came to the United States, almost every weekend included a trip to the Humane Society or to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.Meena Kumar pet sits in her home to raise money for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.Muttville is a cage-free dog rescue that gives senior dogs a "second chance at life," according to their website. The organization rescues about 1,000 dogs per year and runs mostly with the help of volunteers.Meena first heard of the rescue from a neighbor whose dog had been adopted from Muttville. The neighbor shared stories of how senior dogs are often left behind in shelters. With tender love and care, those dogs can make great companions.Read More"More people should adopt senior dogs," says Meena. "They give you the same unconditional love as any other dog."Meena understood what it felt like to be left behind, and wanted to help the senior dogs find the loving homes they deserve, just like she did. The problem was, Meena had to be 17-years-old to volunteer at Muttville, and she was only 12. Meena Kumar hopes more people will adopt older mutts during the pandemic.She wanted to find a way to support Muttville and came up with an idea. She advertised on Nextdoor offering pet sitting and Pet Fairy Services was born.Meena began pet sitting in her own home for her neighbors and school friends with the goal of supporting Muttville. "You are never too young to start a business," says Meena.With rates of $35 per day and several years of hard work, Meena has managed to raise $7,000 for Muttville. That number doubled to $14,000, thanks to a matching donation program with Intel, where her father works. The Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program encourages employees to donate time, money or labor to nonprofits that give back to their communities, according to Intel's website.
      Meena plans to continue working with Muttville and hopes that more people will adopt older mutts from shelters during this pandemic. "We need their love more than ever," she says.

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      Meat Prices Are Finally Falling — Except For Hot Dogs

      (CNN) — Americans finally got some relief in the grocery store last month as prices fell.

      Food prices overall fell a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in July, the first decrease since April of last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Prices of food for the home fell 1.1% in July, compared to an increase of 0.7% in June.

      Grocery costs have been rising during the pandemic as demand has surged. Although there’s been no shortage in food, supply chain failures have tightened the supply of items reaching stores, which has driven up prices.

      Now, it seems prices are starting to stabilize. Meat prices in particular finally fell after soaring in May and June,

      From June to July, beef and veal prices went down 8.2%. Uncooked beef roasts and steaks got 8.7% cheaper. Pork prices fell 3.2%. Consumers paid 5.7% less for ham and pork chops, and 2.6% less for chicken.

      But there was one type of meat that got more expensive: hot dogs, which have been in high demand. Prices jumped 2.4% last month, perhaps in part because of the Fourth of July holiday.

      The fall in meat prices come as producers’ activity starts to return to normal. In the spring, major meat processors closed their plants because workers fell ill with Covid-19, or slowed operations to allow for new safety practices. Production slowed and prices soared.

      From April to May, beef and veal prices rose 10.8%. Uncooked beef steak prices jumped 11.6%. Pork chops prices went up 8.4%. Hot dogs got 1.6% more expensive. From May to June, beef and veal prices rose 4.8%. Uncooked beef steak prices went up 5.1%, and pork chops got 4.3% more expensive. Hot dog prices spiked 4.9%.

      The meat sector is still not completely back to normal. At Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors, some plants “continue to operate at decreased production levels,” said CEO Noel White during a recent analyst call discussing the company’s financial results. But all plants were in operation as of early August.

      Other groceries got cheaper in July, as well.

      Egg prices fell 4%. Potatoes were 3.1% cheaper. Peanut butter prices went down by 2.4%. Breakfast cereal got 1.8% cheaper. Fresh cakes and cupcake prices fell 1.5%, and cheese was 1.6% lower.

      But a few categories got pricier: Soup went up 1.2%, lettuce got 1.6% more expensive and margarine prices jumped 2.2%.

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