Players Pose With Dogs to Promote adoption

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but a calendar full of puppies being held by members of the San Diego Padres may only elicit a one-syllable response: “aw.” The Helen Woodward Animal Center recently collaborated with the MLB team to create heartwarming images for a calendar giveaway for all fans who attended a recent home game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. “This was an amazing experience,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Social Media Supervisor Marcie Grube. “I was born and raised in San Diego and I’ve been a Padres fan since I was a little girl. Meeting the players in this way gave me a glimpse at what down-to-earth, true animal lovers they are. We see them as these fierce athletes but their hearts are just the same as any of ours when it comes to orphan pets.”

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The calendar featured nine months of high-profile players such as Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Andrew Cashner, and James Shield, to name a few. It also featured Team Hitting Coach Mark Kotsay and Team Coach Dave Roberts. For the photo shoot, adoptable HWAC puppies were invited out to Peoria, AZ where the team was completing their spring training. On the day of the giveaway at Petco Park, puppies greeted game attendees at ballpark entry gates to encourage the baseball fans to pick up their calendars and to consider the benefits of adoption. Additionally, players featured in the calendar can be seen on billboards to highlight HWAC, the Padres, and the devotion the team has for the rescue.