Celebrating two years creating an impact on the animal community, not-for-profit Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas adoption center is hosting its second anniversary event June 24, complete with food, entertainment, a raffle and a kids art contest. Senator Mark Manendo, who also attended the grand opening, plans on making an appearance to toast the organization once again.
Hearts Alive began as a journal entry by 10-year-old Kendall Stevens in 2013. Her mom, Christy, read about this dream to open a pet sanctuary, but upon inquiring more, Kendall responded by saying it would be too difficult to accomplish. Determined to not let her child think any dream was unattainable, she started Kendall’s Kupboard to provide food for pets that come from low income families as well as offer supplies, low cost spay and neutering and occasionally behavioral solutions for pets.
After four years of operating Hearts Alive, the goal remains the same: To secure homes for dogs and cats that risk death in the shelter system. Thanks to its brick and mortar adoption center, and tireless work over the past few years, its various programs and products have helped 535 cats and dogs across the Valley to date.
Other services include a chihuahua rescue program and Charlie Mike, which matches veterans with support animals that are pulled from the shelter. Hearts Alive helps to pay for partial food and medical costs.
Operating under a volunteer basis—with the assistance of only one recently hired staff employee—Hearts Alive relies on the support of the local community. So show up and give back to the city’s furry friends.
Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center Second Anniversary Party
11 a.m.–4 p.m., 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd. #4, havlv.com.