We’d like to introduce you to Alexander. At age nine, he’s one of Dr. Jane’s youngest clients and one of the most passionate, blossoming animal advocates we’ve had the pleasure of knowing. As part of his commitment to animals, he decided to become a vegetarian earlier this year because “he loves animals too much.” Not only is he a pet owner/lover and a vegetarian, he’s nurtured quite an affinity for a South Haven, Michigan animal shelter – the Al-Van Humane Society – and actively volunteers there when time allows.
At Al-Van Humane Society, Alexander’s focus is on socializing cats and assisting with cat adoptions. He takes the time to get to know the personalities of the cats at the shelter in order to make effective recommendations to prospective adopters. He has personally facilitated 86 cat adoptions so far!
According to Al-Van’s C.A.R.E.S. Campaign information on their website , “In 2012 the Al-Van Board of Directors refined its mission, adopting no-kill best practices to ensure all adoptable animals would be cared for by Al-Van until a forever home was found, no matter how long that took. As a result, Al-Van reached out to our community to become active partners in saving the lives of companion animals. And boy did our community step up! Al-Van has increased its number of foster families, number of active volunteers and number of Meet & Greets held outside the shelter. Best of all- we’ve increased our ‘save rate’ from 18% in 2011 to an all-time high save rate of 90% in 2014.”
Due to the shelter’s increased need for space, Al-Van has purchased an additional building to house the large number of animals in the community that are in need of saving. The shelter launched the Al-Van C.A.R.E.S (Community And Resources Enhance Shelter) campaign to raise much needed funds to bring their vision for this new facility to life. A member of the Board of Directors took notice of Alexander’s passion, efforts, and abilities and asked him to participate in one of the planned C.A.R.E.S. campaign videos. While he was initially nervous about the public speaking aspect of the project, he quickly decided that he “had to do whatever he could to help the animals.” Check out the video and we’re sure you’ll agree with the doctors and staff here at Family Pet Animal Hospital – Alexander is a wonderful public speaker and we admire his commitment to these animals.
The Al-Van C.A.R.E.S. Capital Campaign has set a goal of raising $500,000 to complete the renovations for the new facility. Over $100,000 has been raised so far but there is much more work to be completed (see here for more details). If you are interested in donating to the shelter to support their efforts caring for animals in need, or specifically to the C.A.R.E.S. Capital Campaign, check out their donation page here.
All of us here at Family Pet Animal Hospital are so impressed with Alexander’s commitment to animals. It’s a pleasure to watch him use his talents and passion for a cause we hold dear. Way to go, Alexander! Keep up the amazing work!