Burt Ward and his wife lived with nearly fifty dogs in their house
"I was the Caped Crusader, but now I'm the Canine Crusader."
Did you know that in addition to saving and protecting the lives of Gotham citizens, Burt Ward also took it upon himself to save the canine population of the world?
According to an interview in The Daily Oklahoman, Ward and his wife, Tracy, founded Gentle Giants, a dog rescue. In addition to saving dogs, Ward and his wife also worked to find their furry friends loving homes and families to take care of. Ward spoke of his work, and joked, "I was the Caped Crusader, but now I'm the Canine Crusader."
At the time, Ward stated that Gentle Giants had rescued over 15,500 dogs in their 22 years running the rescue. However, the Wards not only opened up their hearts to these dogs; they also opened up their home. The article revealed that Ward and his wife shared their five-acre property with up to fifty dogs, many of them larger breeds.
Apparently, the dogs' food alone cost about $14,000 a month. The Batman actor said that because their business is a charity, he and his wife take nothing of the donations and adoption fees for themselves. He said, "We pay for everything and take no salary. This is our charity."
To share your home with up to fifty dogs sounds like it can be a bit of a handful, even for the Boy Wonder, but Ward wasn't deterred. He said, "Right now, we have 24 dogs between fifteen to twenty-six years old! But there's nothing magical; it's all based on quality and science."
Moreover, the article maintained that Ward and his wife shared a passion for the work they did, and the dogs they did it for. He said, "In our hearts, we know it's really important what we're doing. We're involved in other charitable work, but this is our daily hands-on cause."
Burt Ward: A hero to people, and dogs.