Not all superheroes wear cape to work, but when they do, they make sure an animal’s life gets saved.

And this homeless pet Koko got a chance to meet one of them who gave him a new life to live.

koko rescue

This stray pit bull Koko arrived in Pet Resource Center of Tampa where he waited patiently for his new family to take him. But, no one came and sooner or later, he was on the euthanasia list.

Just an hour before the euthanizing process, Koko got a warm shadow over his head. A foster mom Cristine, wanted to give a home to this poor baby. The only problem, they were miles apart from each other.

But, no worries, Dark Knight to the rescue, he took Koko to 8-hour long road trip to his loving home.

coco bus ride

The man behind the mask: Chris Van Dorn stated:

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

Gladly, Koko is not the only one, Chris, founder of the animal rescue nonprofit Batman4Paws saved. He is continuously trying to transport these fur babies from an overcrowded shelter to a loving home.

He chooses to wear this custom, not just on a fantasy of Batman, it has a better reason. His dark knight appearance gives a smile to everyone’s face. He is trying to make a statement to raise awareness on the importance of adoption and fostering.

Batman And His Rescue Pal

Dorn says:

“The costume just makes everybody 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.
It kind of just came as a way to embody all the good I wanted to do in the world and make it easy for people to talk to me right off the bat.”

Chris grew up fantasizing Batman through the animated series and began volunteering with rescue centers when he was old enough to do so. After a handful of experience, van decided to start his own rescue organization.

No batman is complete without his Robin of course. Fortunately, his Robin came up with tiny paws and a name, Mr. Boots.

Mr. Boots was his motivation to start all this when his dad adopted this cute little Australian Shephard. A month before his adoption, Boots had nowhere to live, with his body covered in fleas and ticks.

Batman And His Little Robin

With the motto of “Till Every Cage Is Empty,” Chris started his Journey in 2018. He always planned to be anonymous like Bruce.

“When I was first starting out, I was keeping everything really anonymous,” Van Dorn said. “I would sign everything ‘Bruce Wayne’ and not put my real name out there … My catchphrase is, ‘It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me,’ and I still hold that true today.”

However, he had to blow his cover when he became a GoFundMe Hero in May 2019. Now, Van’s ambition is to be a private pilot. He is working hard to get the license so that he could efficiently help these animals to find a warm hug of their new family.

Batman Emptying Cage

For now, he is on his rescue mission on his Bat Mobile.

“Actions speak louder than words and I’m just doing my best to empty the cages,” Van Dorn said. “And I challenge anyone to go to their local shelter because it’s a depressing place, but if you can help out in any way — whether that’s to foster a dog or adopt a dog or just volunteer your time, then you should go out and do it.”

If you want to be part of this real-life DC world, You can donate him on his GoFundMe page.

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