The 26-year-old adorns the superhero suit every time he rescues cats and dogs, taking them to their forever homes.After his family adopted a dog, Chris saw the hard work of the volunteers who had saved the pooch from an uncertain fate
Rescue came to Kensky and Downes from NEADS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides highly skilled service dogs for people who are deaf or have a disability. Starting when he was about 8 weeks old, Rescue trained for 1 ½ years with NEADS/World Class Service Dogs, which is based in Princeton, Massachusetts.
He was then inspired to start his own not-for-profit charity Batman4Paws, combining his love of animals, flying, and his childhood icon.When his family took in a happy go lucky Australian Shepherd, later named Mr Boots, Chris had just got his private pilot’s license. He mainly operates in Florida but goes out of state to deliver other animals to rescue centres, no kill facilities and foster homes. He even has a ‘Batmobile’ (it’s basically a two-door Honda Civic).
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015. That number is expected to rise by more than $2 billion in 2016.
‘As a child, I looked up to the values that superheroes such as Batman stood for and thought that would be the perfect vessel to embody the spirit of goodwill,’ he said.During his missions, Batman is frequently accompanied by his faithful canine companion Mr Boots or Robin.
Like all great comic book heroes, Mr Boots has his very own origin story.‘Mr Boots was found wandering around the woods in Alabama emaciated and covered in fleas and ticks.
‘With the help of Dog Liberator and another non-profit named PilotsnPaws, they organised and facilitated the transportation and rescue of this scruffy looking pooch to me.
‘It was their hard work that inspired me to start my own charity last year.
‘Seeing the harsh depressing reality that shelter pets have to go through every day, oftentimes being put down at no fault of their own, are what motivate me to want to do my best to find cats, dogs, and other animals forever homes.
Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.
‘It’s a great feeling to serve my community and there’s plenty more to do. My motto is “til every cage is empty!”
‘Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can to be the change.’