Brevard Auto Dealer Aj Hiers Is BCSO ‘Super Hero’ for Homeless Pets on the Space Coast
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 14, 2018
Hiers generosity has made certain that 514 homeless pets found their new homes
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – While he has always been an avid animal lover, AJ Hiers of Boniface Hiers Automotive Group in Melbourne, found himself wanting to do more to help homeless pets in his community.
In October of 2014, when the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office assumed Animal Services operations from the County, AJ saw an opportunity to help, and man did he seize that opportunity.
AJ immediately contacted me and while expressing his desire to be involved, offered to help feed the animals at our Animal Care Center by donating over $14,000 annually to help offset the cost of food.
His kindness and generosity in that effort alone have helped to feed almost 25,000 homeless pets since October of 2014.
While that donation was more than anyone could ask for, AJ did not stop there as his next way of helping our team was to assist by providing volunteers and resources during the “Shelter Makeover” that took place in the spring of 2015.
To say the shelter was in bad shape is truly an understatement, but thanks to AJ and several other incredible business leaders, the shelter was transformed into a healthy temporary home for homeless pets like no other facility in the country.
Now complete with improved kennels, free-roam cat areas, covered exercise areas, a covered doggie swimming pool and even ice cream made by inmates, this one of a kind facility serves as the largest “Pet Showroom” in Brevard County and is considered one of the most premier facilities of its kind.
In late November of 2015, AJ once again decided to put on his “Super Hero Cape” and make sure that every animal in our facility had a chance to be in a new forever home at Christmas time, by offering to pay all of the adoption fees during the month of December in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
His generosity of approximately $12,850 has made certain that 514 homeless pets found their new families and forever homes.
ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Boniface Hiers Automotive Owner AJ Hiers team up in a Roadrunner parody video for ‘Hemi For Heroes‘ charity drawing.
To put an exclamation point on how much he cares about animals in our community, AJ and his team donated $10,000 to build a “Dog Park” adjacent to our Animal Care Center. The Dog Park is not only completely fenced so dogs can run off-leash, but also has covered areas so that they can play in the shade during the hottest of summers.
In all, AJ Hiers has donated well over $72,000 to help homeless pets in Brevard County.
Just in case all of that wasn’t enough, he has also donated a “Muscle Car” that is raffled off with the proceeds going to our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity that helps in part to support our “Sheriff’s Pet Posse” for the past 2 years.
The “Sheriff’s Pet Posse” helps local rescue partners and adoption centers right here in our community so that we can all work together to continue being a “No Kill” Community.
Last year, the profits from the raffle of the vehicle totaled $62,000 with this year’s raffle of a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner taking place on July 7. So to date, AJ Hiers has donated or helped raise $134,000 for homeless pets in our community!
As I said at the very beginning of this post, AJ Hiers is a “Super Hero” to Homeless Pets in our community and I could not be more proud to call him my friend.
Please join me in thanking AJ Hiers, his wife Brenda, and the Boniface Hiers Automotive Group for not only their generosity in helping homeless pets but also for having such a huge heart to help others in their time of need.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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