Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue Reaches Major Milestone With 5,000 Animals Saved
By: Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas
When little Kendall was tasked with writing about her "One Wish," the frequent volunteer said she wanted, "To open a rescue called Hearts Alive where we'd save everything from dogs and cats, to horses and pigs." When her mother, Christy Stevens, had the opportunity to read her daughter's journal at the end of the year, she asked if this was really what she wanted. "Yes, it really is" said Kendall. "But I know it would be too hard."
"I refused to let my daughter grow up thinking that dreams were too hard," says Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village.
The rescue began with a strong focus on community support, understanding that most of the animals surrendered to the shelter are beloved family members whose parents can't afford them and don't see other options. Kendall's Kupboard, a pet food pantry, became the rescue's first program in 2013, feeding approximately 200 pets (in homes) each month and keeping families together. At the start of COVID in 2020, this program was expanded with support from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation and GreaterGood.org. Kendall's Kupboard is now the Disaster Relief Pet Food Distribution Center for Southern Nevada, feeding more than 1,000 owned animals each month and keeping families intact during this difficult time.
In addition to their community support programs, the rescue strives to protect the animals that otherwise would not make it out of the shelter. "Hearts Alive Village focuses on the sick, the old, and the broken," says Stevens. Many of the animals that come to Hearts Alive Village have had an extremely rough upbringing. Some of them were born with deformities or suffered injuries later in life. Others were badly mistreated and endured both physical and emotional abuse.
"No matter what an animal has gone through, we believe they deserve a loving family to call their very own, says Founder and Executive Director Christy Stevens. "This milestone is a testament to our supporters and all the good that can be done when we work together."
The rescue will celebrate with a (socially-distanced)
For more information or to make a donation, adopt a pet, or volunteer, please call 702-885-4309, visit HeartsAliveVillage.org (http://www.heartsalivevillage.org/