Ohio animal volunteer raises $ 12,000 for man’s best friend

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To celebrate his 50th birthday, a man from Ohio started a fundraiser that saw him walk 50 shelter dogs in one day.

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Alex Johns got a lot of exercise and raised $ 12,000 for the Cincinnati Animal CARE Shelter, according to the New York Post . He is a regular volunteer at the shelter.

As his milestone birthday approached, Johns decided to take up a charity project and wanted to raise funds and raise awareness among animals who hope for a “forever” home.

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Posting his marathon dog walks fundraiser, Johns wrote on Facebook, “You probably know by now that I love dogs more than people. That’s why I volunteer to walk the dogs every week at Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society . “

Johns came up with a “Fifty in 50” campaign to walk all of these dogs on his birthday.

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He partnered with a real estate group, Team de la Vega, which matched donations up to $ 5,000 of what Johns raised.

The canine fan had an initial goal of $ 5,000, so he far exceeded it.

And the Facebook donation page will remain open until December 17th to collect as much as possible for the animals at the shelter before Christmas.

Johns’ post explained his hope to be “a voice for those who cannot speak and to help these animals on their adoption journey.”

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Walking these shelter dogs gives the animals exercise and potentially helps them learn the skills that many people look for in a potential adoption, he added.

“And it helps them build trust in people they might have lost… not to mention what it does for me.”

“I found great joy in this work and I want to give back to an organization that has given so much. “

Johns hopes the fundraising will make a difference in the lives of the animals at the shelter and reminds people that “every penny counts.”

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