Alex Aliksanyan, 56
New York City .
Big Jim, a 2-year-old 80-1b. Rottweiler, was about
to be destroyed due to overcrowding at a West
Virginia animal shelter last October when, with just
12 hours to spare, a lifesaving call arrived. The
next night, new owners Jonathan Scott, 26, and
Ashley Zimmerman, 24, treated their hungry dog to a
dinner at their Herndon, Va., home.
The reason for
bringing Big Jim into their lives? "We saw that he
was going to be killed," says Scott, "and that broke
Score another victory for Alex Aliksanyan, creator
of dogsindanger .com, which claims to have saved
morethan 3,100 canines since its launch ct.I. The site
features pictures of condemned dogs from 324
cooperating shelters-and notes how much time they
have left. "I want the truth in people's faces,"
says Aliksanyan, 56. "The dog is going to die."
Amber Holmes, the Hampshire County Animal Control
adoption coordinator in Slanesville, W;Va., is a
huge fan: "It's pretty much the last hope for these
dogs." But the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals has concerns. "Guilt or
emotional blackmail is never a good reason to bring
a dog into your home," says Gail Buchwald, ASPCA
senior vice president.
Still, Big Jim's saga convinces
Aliksanyan he's on the right track: "It makes me
realize I've made a difference."
Photograph by ANDREW 8RUSSO
By Nicole Weisensee Egan