Stepping off of the pitcher’s mound in order to step up to the plate for a paws cause, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals is pitching the option of pet adoption in a new PSA for Humane Rescue Alliance.
A pet parent with four adopted dogs on his home team, the two-time Cy Young Award winner was happy to shine a spotlight on the story of Glee, a five-month-old pup who has gone from shelter life in Alabama to the sheltering arms of a loving family thanks to Humane Rescue Alliance.
“Animals– and especially rescue animals– are an important part of our lives, “said the All Star, whose wife is presently on Humane Rescue Alliance’s Board of Directors. “My wife Erica and I are proud to work with the Humane Rescue Alliance to help find homes for the dogs and cats that so desperately need them. Taping this PSA with Glee was a lot of fun, and we’re especially ecstatic that Glee has since found her forever home here in the city.”
This isn’t the first time that Scherzer has knocked it out of the ball park for our pals with paws. In April 2017, the sports star and his team mates helped to raise funds for Humane Rescue Alliance by playing in the Nationals’ annual Pups in the Park game; he struck a pose with two of his dogs for the 2016 Celebrity Pet Calendar benefiting baseball great Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), and he has also starred in a PSA alongside two of his canine companions in order to raise awareness of The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program, which provides free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, much-needed pet supplies, dog training and more for the companion animals of pet parents facing financial difficulties.
A non-profit created by the recent merging of the Washington Humane Society (the only Congressionally chartered animal welfare agency in the nation when it was founded in 1870) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (which ran Washington, DC’s first animal shelter), when WHA and WARL joined forces to form Humane Rescue Alliance their shared missions of mercy strengthened.
Today HRC unites adoptables with forever families, provides financial aid to those in under-served communities whose furry family member are in need of veterinary care, offers help for four-legged family members caught up in domestic violence situations through the Safe Harbor Program, stops animal abuse thanks to the efforts of humane law enforcement officers, and shares a passion for compassion to the next generation through humane education programs.