Written by Caryn N. Casey, MuchMoreThanMe
Kris Kelly named her passion at a young age. She loved the animals and felt compelled to help them in whatever ways she could. This fire from within paved the way for her animal advocacy. Kris began rescuing and fostering animals before she moved to Los Angeles where her desire and compassion to make a difference became more formalized. As a volunteer at both the Amanda Foundation, and the Lange Foundation, Kris learned the best ways to care for the needy animals. She counts Gillian Lange as both her hero and mentor; this confidence spurred Kris on to start her own 5013c non-profit animal rescue- The Kris Kelly Foundation. www.thekriskellyfoundation.org
What makes this dynamic woman a force to be reckoned with? She gets things done. Essentially, her mission at her Foundation is to save animals from abuse, neglect and slaughter, as well as to find them safe, loving homes. Illegal backyard breeding, and selling dogs in stores, largely supplied by inhumane puppy mills, are areas that drive Kris into action. She participates in peaceful protests to help influence the minds and motives of those who can make a sea change by switching from selling bred dogs that have lived a tortured life in puppy mills, to adopting rescued animals. She petitions a multitude of sources, networks consistently on Facebook, and engages law enforcement to use the power they have been given to crack-down on illegal backyard breeding.
Besides utilizing carefully chosen foster homes to assist in caring for animals her Foundation rescues, Kris holds garage sales, conducts mobile adoptions and participates in fundraisers to help cover the impressive bills necessary to cover all of the intricacies of running her organization, as well as the formidable veterinary costs including shots, spay/neuter procedures, and medicines. Her dream of her owning a facility will no doubt materialize if tenacity and drive have anything to do with it.
Kris is as devoted to helping save a 500 pound pig from a concrete backyard, or relocating a dozen hens as she is to improving the life of an abandoned cat or dog; to her, all life is precious. She feels her own rescue animals, like so many others she has saved, are heaven sent. They are messengers that teach about the power of unconditional love. Kris has learned that lesson well.