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Dreams do come true. That’s a truth Christy Stevens and her daughter Kendall realize every day. But their dream wasn’t limited to helping animals locally. It also included a visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary together.
For years they volunteered for a Las Vegas-based animal rescue organization. However, it wasn’t until Kendall finished fifth grade and brought home an essay titled “If I Had One Wish” that Christy learned that her daughter wanted to start an animal rescue group called Hearts Alive. When Christy asked Kendall if that was really her wish, her daughter replied yes, but she thought it would be too hard. Remembering her own unrealized childhood dream to start a rescue group, Christy would have none of that doubt. “Dream too hard? No.”
Now, 18 months later, Kendall is 12 years old and helps run Hearts Alive Village, an organization that’s already distributed more than 3,000 pounds of pet food through Kendall’s Kupboard and helped rescue 13 cats and 47 dogs. When Best Friends heard Hearts Alive was inundated with cats, the Sanctuary offered spots for four lucky kitties.
Soon, Christy and Kendall, along with the four cats (Lola, Hemi, Popa Socks and Gracie), were on their way to Best Friends.