Batman is a superhero who fights crimes in Gotham City. In real life, there is another hero who likes to wear a batsuit, but he’s not a hero for people; he’s a hero for sheltered dogs.
Chris Van Dorn founded the animal rescue nonprofit, Batman4Paws, who, like his favorite superhero, helps others, but this time, it is to keep sheltered animals out of their cages.
It is pretty apparent that Chris is a massive fan of Batman, but his heroics started earlier as a child when he and his family began volunteering with animal rescues. He later combined his apparent passion for animals and Batman and started his rescue organization. Thus, Batman4Paws was born.
Batman4Paws is a nonprofit organization that deals with transporting rescued pups to their beloved new homes. It all started when one particular dog, Koko, needed to be delivered to her new family. In the Pet Resource Center of Tampa, Koko, a pitbull, needed a way to travel to her newfound home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Chris took an eight-hour drive dressed in an elaborate Batman costume to unite Koko with her new family.
Koko is one of the many cats and dogs who were fortunate enough to be transported from overflowing shelters to their forever homes by Chris. Despite receiving much of the praise, he did not fail to commend the people who give these animals a caring home.
Donning a batsuit is not a requirement, but it most certainly helped Chris speak up about the importance of adoption and fostering. He had stated that the suit itself was just a conversational piece and brings a smile to people’s faces, especially seeing him do a good deed.
Van Dorn mentioned that he had done everything incognito in the beginning, under the guise of Bruce Wayne when signing papers. He shared that he intentionally did so to keep the focus on his mission to save animals. He was finally unmasked when he was awarded by GoFundME to honor his campaign.
Chris wants to do his best to empty shelter cages. He also challenges anyone to help out in their local animal shelter, either to volunteer or to adopt a dog. His cause is truly an inspiration, and if Batman were real, he would probably be proud of Chris for exerting so much effort to save an animal’s life.
Photos Courtesy of Batman4Paw’s Official Website.