Alex Johns' love for dogs knows no bounds. In his free time, he volunteers to walk shelter dogs. So, to mark his entry into his 50s, he decided to take 50 dogs for a walk and raise money for the shelter.
Walks are essential for all dogs, including those living in shelters. It allows them to spend time outside of their kennels, helps them socialize and keeps them active. Alex Johns, who volunteers with Cincinnati Animal CARE, knows this firsthand.
Every week, he goes to Cincinnati Animal CARE in Ohio to walk the dogs that live there. This activity is close to his heart and that makes him happy, so he's come up with the idea of taking 50 shelter doggies for a walk on the occasion of his 50th birthday. "I have found great joy in this work and I want to pay back the organization that has given me so much," he explained.
He added to this initiative a fundraiser for the benefit of the shelter, with a goal of $5000. Before his birthday, he made a post on Facebook, inviting his friends and family members to donate.
"You probably know that I love dogs more than people," he wrote in the post. "That's why I volunteer every week to walk [the dogs] at Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society with two of my three sisters. Not only do I spend time with dogs, but I'm also a voice for those who can't speak and help these animals on their adoption journey."
His best birthday present ever
The initiative was a huge success. The amount of contributions has, in fact, largely exceeded what was expected – $12,000, the sum that has greatly helped the shelter and its animals.
"Nothing makes me happier than knowing that my friends and family have made a difference in the lives of these animals," said Alex Johns, adding that he had a lot of fun taking 50 dogs on a walk. He calls it a "rewarding" experience.
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