Actor and singer Lou Wegner, who has most recently appeared with Clint Eastwood in Trouble With The Curve and is part of the pop music group 2Blonde, began rescuing animals at age 14, after becoming aware of the number of shelter animals euthanized while working on a film in Los Angeles. Previously believing shelters to be safe havens, Wegner, now 16, is working to save as many animals as he can with the help of his friends and social networking.
Wegner created Kids Against Animal Cruelty (KAAC) to encourage adoptions at high-kill shelters and to educate and inspire youth to take a stand against animal cruelty. To date his organization has helped more than 20,000 pets find loving homes. Initially, Wegner promoted his campaign by holding up signs on street corners with friends and using Facebook. These days Wegner uses the red carpet to promote his cause, often sporting a KAAC T-shirt, as well as co-hosting the radio show, “Love That Dog Hollywood! Kids & Animals,” broadcast by the Global Voice Broadcasting network. Several KAAC chapters have sprung up across the country, run by other teens, and boasts more than 50,000 members worldwide. Wegner hopes to see chapters in every state. “The bigger the group, the bigger difference you can make,” he says. Look for Kids Against Animal Cruelty on Facebook and watch his band singing about animal rescue in “1Life2Live” on YouTube.