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Hearts Alive Village

Christy Stevens, Founder & Executive Director

Featured in Season 6, Episode 13, Season 7, Episode 3, and Season 7, Episode 9. A bond between Athens, a shelter dog, and a little girl became the catalyst that is now Hearts Alive Village. Kendall dreamed of a sanctuary where she could help homeless animals like Athens. She wrote about it in a 5th grade English journal where she named her organization Hearts Alive. When Christy Stevens read her daughter’s words, she asked Kendall “ Is this really your dream?” Kendall answered, “It’s what I want to do more than anything in the world, but I didn’t think it was possible because you work too much at your job, Mom.” The whole family got behind the idea! They started small in the fall of 2013 with Kendall’s Kupboard, a pet food bank. In January of 2014, Hearts Alive Village rescued its first two dogs, Roxy and Diesel. Today, the organization has saved thousands of dogs and cats with the help of the community, The Village.

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