A Redmond High School student is taking his love for animals and rock climbing and using it as a way to help the environment while also giving back to his community during the coronavirus pandemic. Alexander Tsao has been rock climbing for about five years, and when he discovered that climbing gyms discard their old climbing ropes every few months due to safety regulations he saw an opportunity to help the environment.
That’s how Rocks 2 Dogs was born, a 501(c) nonprofit started by Tsao that is not only helping local animal shelters but now another sector of the community in need. “I thought this was a huge waste and really harmful to the environment so I decided to make a better use for them and use it to donate to a good cause,” said Tsao. “I turn these ropes into dog leashes which I sell donating all of the profit to local animal shelters and animal charities.”