Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Pets Feed
Koko is a beautiful pit bull who was roaming the streets of Tampa until she arrived at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. She there she was waiting every day for someone to give her an opportunity, but as time passed, they decided to put her name on the euthanasia list, fortunately a charismatic man in a Batman suit changed her life forever.
Koko was first taken in by a woman who months later found her a permanent home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The only problem is that the woman had no way to send Koko to her destination, at which point this man known as Chris Van Dorn, founder of the non-profit animal rescue organization, Batman4Paws, appeared.
Real-life Batman is saving pets from shelters
Chris Van Dorn traveled by road for 8 hours dressed in his Batman suit, which can in fact be considered his work uniform.
Van Dorn told The Dodo:
I would say that I am only an intermediary. The real heroes are the people who give these dogs a good and loving home.
Koko is just one of the many homeless animals that this man has helped reach his homes. Wearing the suit is not essential to saving their lives, but it has certainly helped Van Dorn raise awareness about adoption and parenting.
Van Dorn said:
The suit just makes everyone happy and smile. It’s special to see Batman walking around, and when they find out that he’s doing a good deed in the world, they get even more excited.
He feels that wearing the suit is a way of realizing all the good he wants to bring to the world while making the people who talk to him smile.
His childhood was spent watching the Batman animated series and his love for animals began to strengthen when his family adopted an Australian Shepherd named Mr. Boots. From that moment on he began his journey as a volunteer in animal welfare shelters.
When Van Dorn decided to start his own animal rescue organization, he decided to do it as Batman and his dog Mr. Boots was occasionally dressed as Robin.
The mask for Van Dorn became a way to keep his mission focused on helping animals.
When I started, I was keeping everything really anonymous. I signed everything as ‘Bruce Wayne’ and didn’t put my real name out there … My motto is: ‘I am not who is underneath, but what I do, what defines me’, and I still keep it that way.
This man also hopes to acquire a plane to transport all the animals to their homes more easily, he has his private pilot license, but at the moment he is using a “Batmobile”.
Van Dorn said:
Actions speak louder than words and I am doing my best to empty the cages. And I challenge anyone to go to their local shelter because it’s a depressing place, but if you can help in any way, whether it’s helping a dog or adopting a dog or just volunteering your time, then you should go out there and do it.
If you wish, you can follow this hero’s animal rescue organization on his official Facebook page.
Images: FB: Batman4Paws
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