Young Actor Starts “Kids Against Animal Cruelty” to Make a Difference

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 1:15pm
Actor Lou Wegner

Guest blog by Diana Wegner, mother of teen actor and founder of Kids Against Animal Cruelty Lou Wegner

I knew from the start that my son Lou had a way with animals. As a toddler, he looked after our rescued Dalmatian, Belle. Lou would don his knight’s costume and dress Belle as his princess. He would say, “Belle will be safe always” as he wielded his plastic sword. 

At age three, we enrolled Lou in Jack Hanna’s Summer Zoo Experience. Over eight summers, he learned that education, kindness and responsibility were key to saving animals on the brink of extinction. He learned about conservation, preservation and ways to get involved.

He also spent two summers at the Ohio Wildlife Center, gaining hands on experience with coyotes, hawks, deer, snakes and other wildlife in rehabilitation that had been injured by cars or intentionally harmed. It was there that Lou saw animal cruelty firsthand.

When we moved to Los Angeles so Lou could pursue an acting career, he saw his first chance to make a difference. Lou discovered that shelters in Los Angeles were extremely overcrowded, and animals were euthanized to make room for many others to come.

Lou was devastated. He took to the streets on weekends with friends and held signs promoting animal adoption and spay/neuter. Photographer Patsy Dunn and actor Sam Dobbins interviewed Lou as he held a sign that said, “Kids Against Animal Cruelty.”

A friend suggested that Lou take the name to Facebook, and Kids Against Animal Cruelty (KAAC) was born. The organization started with 42 members, and has grown to more than 20,000 members with an additional 50,000 in partner coalitions.

KAAC spread across the country, and through the power of social media and teamwork, has helped save thousands of lives. Lou has been a guest on CNN and featured in the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and more than 300 other news publications. Lou has recruited teens to run 15 state chapters, with a goal to have chapters in all 50 states. Bringing awareness to the plight of shelter animals and promoting adoption, spay/neuter and pet responsibility are the main goals of the organization.

Recently, ASPCA Corporate Sponsor Subaru hosted a fundraiser created by Abana Jacobs, Subaru Promotions & Sponsorship Specialist for KAAC, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Los Angeles.  Participants ran more than 5,000 laps around the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and Subaru donated $1 for each lap around the car.

For more information about Lou and KAAC, visit kidsagainstanimalcruelty.org.

Young man with blonde hair holds puppy in car

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shelly harris

I just love hearing young people helping out with these animals. I am going to join KAAC.

alexis

I think that this boy did a really amazing job.

isaac

I think he should at least work a little bit harder so it would actually work

BLANCA TRENCHE

I am sooooo proud of you, keep the good work, God is watching over you. This picture made me cry

Diana Ross

This so helps soothe my heart knowing that kids "get it" when it comes to the plight of shelter animals. My dogs have only come to me from shelters and they are the best. Thank you for sharing this.

Cristina

What a great cause! Just donated :)

Ashley

What a great young man! It's nice to see someone with such a kind heart who gives back. Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to all of us!

Jill

Keep up this awesome and important work, Lou! You are an inspiration to all.

Rachel Sannuto

I think Lou did an awesome job! What a wonderful unselfish action to do and I am so happy that he got other kids involved. It's important, because many young children are cruel to animals. I don't know why and don't care. It appears to be no support from parents to have children understand that an animal has feelings and hurts, loves, gets lonely and hungry for food and companionship. It's important to know that we are the humans and we should care about our environment and the animals and humans in it. Kudos to Lou. Keep it up. I would like to join but I am an adult.

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