For the fifth consecutive season, every home run hit by Evan Longoria during the 2016 Major League Baseball season will generate $600 for shelter animals!
Father to an adopted dog named Tatum, Evan Longoria is a huge supporter of the animal rescue community. He is also an All-Star third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays.
For every home run he hits during the 2016 season, Longoria will join the Rays, Bright House Networks, Ducky’s Sports Lounge, Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow National Dance Competition to each donate $100 to the shelter. For a total of $600 per home run!
Since 2012, Longoria’s 94 home runs have generated $40,500 for Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter “that provides the medical care needed to rehabilitate, love, and find forever homes” for their adoptable dogs, cats, and small critters. The shelter can hold 200 animals and does around 50-60 adoptions per month.
“Jaime and I are proud to continue our affiliation with Pet Pal,” said Longoria. “We encourage all Rays fans to visit the shelter and support the great work they do by volunteering, donating or adopting.”
We were so happy to read about Longoria’s commitment to shelter animals! From both a financial and awareness perspective this initiative is huge! For Pet Pals it means more money to take care of the animals, and more awareness in the Florida community to get the animals adopted. For the rescue community generally, it’s great to have an superstar at the plate advocating for animals! Way to go Evan – we may just start cheering for you (but only when the Mets aren’t playing)!
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By Bailey Schroeder, ResQwalk Founder