Batman has been seen flying over Florida – but instead of catching criminals, the crusader is busy bringing cats and dogs to their & # 39; furever & # 39; to transport home.
Pilot Chris Van Dorn, 26, regularly dresses as the superhero icon to help animals in need of loving homes.
Together with his sidekick puppy Robin (also known as Mr Boots), the Florida man has his own charity Batman4Paws and brings animals to their new homes throughout the country.
Hero: Pilot Chris Van Dorn, 26, combined his lifelong obsession with Batman with his love of animals when he began performing rescue operations by plane in his superhero costume
Sidekick: Chris aka Batman is assisted in his rescues by his own puppy Mr Boots, who is often seen dressed as Robin
License: Chris, pictured, qualified as a pilot around 2014, when his family adopted Mr Boots from Alabama
His preference for dressing up in a cape came after his family had adopted Mr Boots in 2014 and saw firsthand the hard work of the volunteers who had saved the dog from an uncertain fate.
Chris was inspired to start his own not-for-profit charity, a combination of his love of animals, flies and his childhood icon.
& # 39; It all started around 2014, when my father decided to adopt a rescue dog, Mr. Boots, because of his big old paws. He was transported to us by a pilot & # 39 ;, Chris / Batman explains.
& # 39; The story of Boots inspired me to give back and to help other animals in need. It took me a lot of thinking while I was in the shower, but it finally struck me and I came up with a way to use both my driving skills and my passion for flying and to combine it with my love for animals. & # 39;
The moment Mr. Boots arrived, Chris had just obtained his own pilot's license and decided to use his new skills well by transporting dogs, cats and other animals to their new homes or no-kill facilities.
Get the job done: if he doesn't fly to save different animals, Chris will collect them in his vehicle
Duo: Chris in costume depicted with his beloved Australian shepherd Mr Boots
Although he mainly works in Florida, where he lives, he also delivers outside the US to the United States.
And although he will drive ‘Batmobile’ with his silver two-door Honda Civic, he prefers to fly wherever possible.
& # 39; I would help rescue animals in need in every way possible, all dressed as the Dark Knight itself and becoming a symbol for helping those in need. & # 39;
Batline: The busy animal lover can be contacted via e-mail, telephone or social media to arrange deliveries
It also appears that Chris & # 39; loyal sidekick Mr. Boots has an interesting story of his own.
& # 39; It just so happened that this Australian Shepherd was no ordinary Aussie, & # 39; Chris said. & # 39; He was found emaciated through the Alabama forest and covered in fleas and ticks. & # 39;
& # 39; With the help of Dog Liberator (a rescue service) and another non-profit organization called PilotsnPaws, they organized and facilitated the transportation and rescue of this filthy looking dog for me & # 39 ;, he recalled.
The efforts of these charity initiatives would ultimately inspire Chris to start his own venture.
& # 39; It was their hard work, especially that of pilot Jeff Bennett, that inspired me to start my own charity last year.
& # 39; The rescue story of boots has really inspired Batman and seeing the harsh depressing reality that pets have to go through daily, often put down by no fault of their own, motivates me to do my best for cats, dogs and other animal houses. & # 39;
Passion: Pilot, animal lover and superhero fan Chris, in the photo, found a way to combine his three favorite things in setting up his rescue action
Satisfied customers: the Florida resident has supplied animals throughout the country
Support: & # 39; Batman & # 39; and & # 39; Robin & # 39; pictured with volunteers from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Florida branch
Chris also offered the following mantra: & # 39; Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can to be the change! & # 39;
Because he works at the weekend, Chris mainly delivers animals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On his website, he indicates that hopeful rescue families can contact him via e-mail, telephone or social media.
As soon as the paperwork is in order – animals need a CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) to legally cross state lines – Batman arrives by plane or car to collect the animal and transport it safely.
The cape-bearing animal lover is an ARPA (Animal Rescue Professionals Association) certified animal transporter and is also fully insured with a Pet Care insurance policy. His service depends on the donations, kindness and generosity of the people he serves.
& # 39; It is a great feeling to serve my community and there is much more to do. My motto is & # 39; until every cage is empty & # 39 ;, Chris said proudly.
Dark Knight: Chris in his Batman form with a rescue dog that he helped transport
The man's best friend: Mr. Boots, pictured as Robin, has his own inspiring story back when he was rescued after being left in the woods in Alabama
Delivery! Batman ensures that pets arrive safely and healthily at their destination – and ensures that their owners have a smile on their faces when they see his hero costume
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