On any given day, thousands upon thousands of dogs sit in shelters hoping that maybe, someone will give them a forever home. For those in no-kill facilities, there’s hope. But for the others, time is never on their side.
A heart of gold
Although a lot of people like dogs, some have a genuine passion for them. Especially rescue animals that desperately need to find a permanent family that loves and cares for them. This applies to Darius Brown, an eighth-grader who has a second passion, as well … bow ties.
During a recent interview, Darius told a reporter that not only does he like wearing bow ties but he also loves to design them. So far, he’s come up with some pretty cool options. He then explained how he decided to use his bow tie passion for a worthy cause.
A love of animals
Darius also loves dogs and it breaks his heart to see so many of them passed by. He believes a lot of that has to do with how they look. So, he came up with a brilliant idea.
Showing off their personality
This fine young man decided to make bow ties for rescue dogs. That way, when people visited the animal shelter, the pups would stand out. He was determined to help as many as he could find a forever home.
So, what inspired him?
He already loved dogs but his idea came to light after seeing neighborhoods destroyed by floods. As people fled their homes, animals were either left behind and picked up or the owners took them to a shelter. Before long, facilities were overrun with pups.
Such an improvement
After putting bow ties on dogs living in overcrowded shelters, something magical seemed to happen. For one thing, the animals perked up, as if they knew they looked beyond adorable. For another thing, people did begin to notice them.
He means business
Making bow ties for rescue dogs isn’t just something Darius takes lightly. When asked how many he’s made so far, the reporter was taken back. According to Darius, he’s already sewn more than 1,000 of them.
He loves to sew
Darius also loves to sew. From a young age, he kept busy helping his mom around the house. Soon, he wanted to learn how to use the sewing machine to make things, so, she patiently taught him and now, he’s quite good.
Spreading the word
Combining all of his biggest passions, Darius is making a difference. He carefully selects the right fabric and then creates unique bow ties that stand out. Then, photos of the dogs wearing them are taken and sent across multiple social media platforms.
Are his efforts working?
The answer to that is a resounding yes. According to one shelter, putting Darius’ bow ties on the shelter dogs has increased adoptions by 30 percent. That’s a huge jump. Ultimately, that means that more animals will go to a safe home where they can live knowing love.
People could learn so much from this guy. We could all be a little more compassionate and involved. Whether that’s making bow ties for dogs living in shelters or using an entirely different kind of gift, he shows how we can all make a difference.
To learn more about Darius and his efforts to find homes for rescue dogs, check out the video below.
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