Athletes for Animals
Yes, there are athletes who hug and kiss their pets! Athletes of all sorts from all types of sports are stepping up to the bat to show off their pets and lend a hand to charities that teach kids to value and respect animals. The program, named Athletes for Animals, started in Washington, D.C., includes such professional athletes as Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins, Clyde Simms of DC United, Shaone Morrisonn of the Washington Capitals, and Nakia Sanford of the Washington Mystics.
For example, Shaone Morrisonn, a professional hockey player and Defenseman for the Washington Capitals has this to say about his English bulldog, Hazel, when asked why he joined Athletes for Animals: “I loved the idea of being able to use my position as a professional athlete to help programs that teach kids about the right way to treat animals. I love my dog a lot and she brings me a lot of happiness, and sharing that with other people is really cool.”
The official mission of Athletes for Animals is to raise funding and awareness for humane education programs that connect kids with animals to teach kindness, compassion, and respect for all living beings. Here’s how the program works: Pet lovers visit the website for Athletes for Animals, www.athletesforanimals.com, to enter a free drawing for autographed items donated by the team of professional athletes. For each free entry, the program sponsors, the PETCO Foundation, PET-TAB Vitamins, and Fetch! Pet Care, donate one dollar to charities such as the Washington Animal Rescue League’s Humane Education Program and the Washington Humane Society’s Humane Education Program.
Some of the prizes include an autographed football from Chris Cooley, an autographed hockey stick from Shaone Morrisonn, and a $100 shopping spree at PETCO.