Following in the footsteps of his team mate Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters is the latest baseball star to step up to the plate for the sake of dogs and cats who have been thrown a curve ball by life.
The animal-loving athlete, who previously posed with his pets for a calendar to raise funds for BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), recently found himself in front of a camera with two members of his fur family in a show of support for the Show Your Soft Side campaign.
Wieters’ barking buddy Millie– a three-year-old German Shepherd– and rescue cat Omaha are just two of the many canine and cat companions of Baltimore notables who have looked into the lens of photographer Leo Howard Lubow for the The Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force’s campaign, which hopes to change the mindset of impressionable adolescents who think that the mistreatment of animals is a sign of masculinity.
A diverse range of dog devotees and friends of felines have teamed up with the paws cause, and now Wieters’ Show Your Soft Side photo will appear on posters and billboards like those of NFL great Qadry Ismail, soccer star Mike Lookingland and Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens.
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Photo Credit: Leo Howard Lubow/ Show your Soft Side campaign