CONCORD, N.C. -- Alex Bowman and Ally cemented their new relationship by working together to bring awareness toward a cause that’s extremely meaningful to the newly tabbed driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.

Bowman and Ally visited the Humane Society of Charlotte (HSC), where Ally will make a generous donation of $75,000. Bowman, a huge animal lover, said he was thrilled to be working with a partner like Ally, which allows him to collaborate with a philanthropy he feels passionate about.

“My dog Roscoe is a rescue that I adopted in 2013, and he has been with me ever since,” Bowman said. “Anything to do with animals hits home for me, no matter what it is. Being at the Humane Society of Charlotte last week was really eye opening when it came to everything they do to help animals in our community.

“Having a partner like Ally that supports local charities, foundations, businesses, and even more is amazing. Ally’s donation will truly help the Humane Society of Charlotte and help save animals in Charlotte and the surrounding communities.”

HSC expects to see about 600 animal transfers into its shelter over the next two months, including animals with special needs and disabilities. According to HSC, most healthy animals stay at the shelter for an average of 10-14 days for a median cost of $150 per day. For animals with special needs, that average cost skyrockets due to medicine, special treatments and possible surgeries.

"We are thrilled to be working with Alex and Ally Financial,” said Donna Stucker, HSC vice president of philanthropy. “This generous gift will go a long way in helping us care for animals in need.”

Even though more people have adopted dogs in recent months, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has added a larger financial stress on HSC’s resources. Any donations go to running the facility and making sure the rescue animals are taken care of.

“As a fellow dog lover with a pack of three rescue pups at home, I was thrilled to learn that Alex shares my passion for animal welfare,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer at Ally Financial. “Our donation kicks off our relationship with Alex by being strong advocates for improving the wellbeing of all of our loved ones, including pets.”

Bowman was announced as the new driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet on Oct. 6. He will take the reins from seven-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, who drove the No. 48 for 19 seasons.