Athens Inspires a Movement

Athens was abandoned as a little pup. For years, he sat at Little Friends Shelter watching all of the other dogs go home to new families.

A super active boy, Athens didn’t get along with other animals, which made finding him a home all the more difficult.

Thankfully, the Stevens family (Christy Stevens is the Founder and CEO of Hearts Alive Village) would come often to visit him and take him on field trips. Little Kendall (Christy’s daughter) was especially taken with the dog.

After Little Friends closed, the Stevens family, along with his foster momma, Jen, networked Athens in the hope of finding him the perfect family.

It took 3 years, but then came Kevin.

Active, adventurous, and with no other pets in the home, Athens and Kevin were made for one another.

This dynamic duo now travels the country hiking, swimming, climbing, and cuddling.

A “difficult to place” pup is now the perfect best friend.

We know… Athens wasn’t actually adopted from Hearts Alive Village. The special bond between Kendall and this pup is what inspired her to dream of having a rescue. Our original logo honors the pair.

HAV Original Logo Athens

Thank you Athens… you inspired a movement!

This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from one of our donors, Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched, but our goal is to raise $50,000.

Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.

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