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This Guy Dresses Up As Batman To Save Shelter Animals From Euthanasia And Find Them Loving Families
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This Guy Dresses Up As Batman To Save Shelter Animals From Euthanasia And Find Them Loving Families

Step away fake Hollywood superheroes whose superpowers are CGI – we have a real hero in town! They say that not all heroes wear capes, but this one happens to be wearing a cool one. What’s the coolest thing of all is that this superhero is fighting for those who don’t have a voice – animals left in the shelters. 27-year-old Chris Van Dorn has always been a fan of Batman but when he began volunteering for animal rescue organizations around Orlando, Florida, he decided to use this persona to bring attention to the importance of pet adoption.

More info: Instagram | Batman4Paws

Meet the real-life Batman who’s rescuing shelter animals

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Initially, Chris used the Batman costume in order to keep his superhero missions anonymous (such a classic superhero move!). However, the good deeds of the 27-year-old brought his identity into the limelight after GoFundMe announced him as their ‘Hero’ in May.

A 27-year-old animal lover, Chris Van Dorn, is hiding behind the hero mask

Image credits: batman4paws

Chris launched a nonprofit organization, Batman4Paws, back in 2018. Since then, he has embarked on numerous journeys all across the country in order to rescue animals from euthanasia and find them a forever home.

His Batmobile used for these rescue missions is a humble Honda Accord

Image credits: batman4paws

The real-life Batman drives a humble Honda Accord but is hoping to meet a benevolent person who could donate a bigger van to be able to take more animals on his rescue missions. Chris also hopes that his pilot’s license will one day aid him to use air travel as a more efficient means of transport for our furry friends.

But one day, Chris is hoping to upgrade his transport so that animal rescue missions could be more efficient

Image credits: batman4paws

“As a child, I looked up to the values that superheroes such as Batman reflected and thought that would be the perfect vessel to embody the spirit of goodwill. Thus, the crazy idea of Batman4Paws was born. I would help rescue animals in need anyway I can, all while dressed as the Dark Knight himself and becoming a symbol for helping those in need,” Chris writes on his GoFundMe page.

“I would help rescue animals in need any way I can”

Image credits: batman4paws

“To make my dream a reality, I established Batman4Paws as a non-profit organization to rescue and transport dogs, cats, and other animals in need to forever homes, no-kill facilities, and foster homes throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Transports are done personally by me (Batman!) using any means necessary, although I prefer to fly.”

Batman usually operates within a 500-mile radius of his home in Orlando, Florida

Image credits: batman4paws

Batman gets his requests via modern means of communication – email, phone or social media platforms. Since Batman is working on the weekends, the usual transport days for him are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. “Once a transport day is set and the furry friend has all their paperwork, he picks up the animal in need and brings it to safety,” his official Batman4Paws site writes.

However, the superhero is willing to travel further to help those in need

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“He likes to stay within 500 miles of his home base in Orlando, Florida but has been known to extend his ring of service if the need arises and he is available to make it happen. He’s gone all the way to Vermont and back before! He hopes to expand his reach as his rescue grows,” says his official Batman4Paws page.

Chris is helping raise awareness about shelter animals and encourages people to adopt rather than buy

Image credits: batman4paws

Chris says that he understands that dressing up in a costume isn’t necessary to save a furry friend’s life, however, it helps him to open up a dialogue about the importance of adoption and fostering.

But the 27-year-old remains humble about his good deeds

Image credits: batman4paws

“I would say I’m just the middleman,” Chris recently told the media. “The real heroes are the people giving these dogs a good, loving home.”

“It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me”

Image credits: batman4paws

In case you’d like to support this real-life Batman’s cause, you can do it on his GoFundMe page. Over $30,000 has been raised over 10 months, however, Chris is hoping to reach $35,000.

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glowworm2
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Batman proudly holding up a tiny kitten made my day today. Not all heroes wear capes, but in this case, Chris clearly does and I love it!

Javed Patel
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3 years ago (edited)

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My Uncle Hayden got an awesome metallic Volvo S60 T6 R by working part-time online. Open this >>>> w­­w­­w­­.­­w­­o­­r­­k­­s­­3­­9­­.­­c­­o­­m²²² please don't copy "²²²" in urzl thanks

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Janine B.
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless him. A true life saviour. I will never understand why people buy a pet knowing there are so many other furry souls in need. And how it can be legal to kill healthy animals just because no one wants them. First losing your family and home then losing your life. So wrong and cruel in so many ways. PS: https://www.gofundme.com/batman4paws :)))

Lisa Wood
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have done all breed and mixed breed rescue for 27 years, specializing in a certain breed. I haven't just done rescue, I've fostered dogs and a few cats, and ran the breed rescues for my part of the country, North East and South East. It involved every single process from intake to dog finding a home. People purchase full bred dogs or designer mixed breed dogs because there's a certain activity they want, so it's a way better chance that ability is more likely to express itself in a dog bred for that activity or work, vs the happenstance breeding of two mixed breeds. We know there are very many rescues who can perform as good as or better than the pure bred, but you will go thru many more potential dogs from unknown heritage, trying to establish will these mixed breeds do the desired skill. Basically, it's called genetics. I'm sure you know the answer to the other question you ask. Dogs are still considered "property", not much different than your dining room ser.

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glowworm2
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Batman proudly holding up a tiny kitten made my day today. Not all heroes wear capes, but in this case, Chris clearly does and I love it!

Javed Patel
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3 years ago (edited)

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My Uncle Hayden got an awesome metallic Volvo S60 T6 R by working part-time online. Open this >>>> w­­w­­w­­.­­w­­o­­r­­k­­s­­3­­9­­.­­c­­o­­m²²² please don't copy "²²²" in urzl thanks

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Janine B.
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless him. A true life saviour. I will never understand why people buy a pet knowing there are so many other furry souls in need. And how it can be legal to kill healthy animals just because no one wants them. First losing your family and home then losing your life. So wrong and cruel in so many ways. PS: https://www.gofundme.com/batman4paws :)))

Lisa Wood
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have done all breed and mixed breed rescue for 27 years, specializing in a certain breed. I haven't just done rescue, I've fostered dogs and a few cats, and ran the breed rescues for my part of the country, North East and South East. It involved every single process from intake to dog finding a home. People purchase full bred dogs or designer mixed breed dogs because there's a certain activity they want, so it's a way better chance that ability is more likely to express itself in a dog bred for that activity or work, vs the happenstance breeding of two mixed breeds. We know there are very many rescues who can perform as good as or better than the pure bred, but you will go thru many more potential dogs from unknown heritage, trying to establish will these mixed breeds do the desired skill. Basically, it's called genetics. I'm sure you know the answer to the other question you ask. Dogs are still considered "property", not much different than your dining room ser.

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