A Santa Clarita Valley girl’s unicorn pet certificate is now helping LA County animal shelters raise money for animals in need

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A dream came true for 7-year-old Madeline.

For her birthday, she asked Los Angeles County officials for permission to have a pet unicorn if she could find one. In the end, the county granted their application with a pre-approved unicorn license.

“I was happy and excited that if I could find one, I could have a unicorn,” Madeline said.

The unicorn is Madeline’s favorite mystical creature for a reason.

“Because of her magic horn. It can produce shooting stars,” she said.

The Santa Clarita Valley girl made headlines when she wrote a letter to the LA County Department of Animal Care and Control asking for permission to have a unicorn in her yard.

Animal welfare received the letter and planned for Madeline to visit an animal shelter to meet some animals and surprised her with her unicorn permit and a unicorn plushie that came with a special tag.

“We all just thought it was so adorable and cute, and we wanted to encourage her,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of animal control.

The Animal Welfare Agency granted permission, but with certain conditions for Madeline to have a pet unicorn, such as ensuring it gets ample exposure to sunlight and moonbeams.

Madeline said she was going to take care of it.

“I’m going to build him a barn with a glass roof so he can see the night sky,” Madeline said.

Madeline’s story was shared on social media and quickly became an internet sensation. People from all over the country sent her gifts like a unicorn fleece blanket, a giant unicorn plush, unicorn books and more.

“The response has been overwhelming and to see all the joy and happiness it has brought to people we are so incredibly grateful,” said Leilani, Madeline’s mother.

Madeline said she plans to find a unicorn in Scotland because yes, the unicorn is indeed the official national animal of Scotland.

LA County has also started a fundraiser to help animals in shelters. People can also get a unicorn license and a unicorn plushie for a $25 donation.

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