One real-life hero, Chris Van Dorn, 27, has made it his mission to rescue shelter animals from being euthanized. Why is this story different from others? Well although not all heroes wear capes, this one certainly does. Chris, who dresses up as Batman, originally just used the costume as means of keeping his rescue missions anonymous. He would even sign ‘Bruce Wayne’ as his signature in order to keep aspects of his life private. Of course, though, his good deeds helped to reveal this Caped Crusader’s true identity. The Batman suit ended up becoming a conversation starter as to why people should adopt and rescue innocent animals from the shelter. According to Van Dorn, the costume helps to draw in more people giving him the perfect opportunity to hand out brochures and stickers regarding the importance of adoption. Chris still wears the costume while he transports dozens of cats and dogs from different shelters to their foster or forever homes.
In 2018, Van Dorn actually launched his own nonprofit called Batman4Paws in Orlando, Florida. Through this organization, Chris has embarked on various cross-country road trips in order to rescue animals from being put down. Thanks to this hero, shelter animals from all over are personally brought to loving families who are ready and happy to adopt these little, furry friends. According to an interview with TODAY, Chris likes that Batman is “mysterious and stood for a symbol that was incorruptible and stood for good,” hence why he created Batman4Paws. It’s a nonprofit that is purely there “just to be good. Try to do the best you can and stay true to the path.” Van Dorn still makes hospital runs around Florida, this time with his fluffy sidekick, Mr. Boots. The border collie is a licensed therapy pup and the Robin to Chris’ Batman.
It’s clear that this hero has no intention of retiring his cape and suit in the near future. We put our paws together for you, Chris!