A few dozen dogs and cats in Baltimore are now set up for a much brighter future thanks to a generous Eagle.
Torrey Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles’ newest wide receiver, and his wife Chanel, covered the adoption fees for 46 residents of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.
It wasn’t the first time Smith has taken part in the annual Pawject Runway adoption event facilitated by BARCS, now in its fifth year. But showing his true colors at the May 6 celebration, he certainly made history.
“Last night at the conclusion of the runway show, Torrey took to the mic to address the crowd. Each year he reminds us all what this glamorous and grand event is all about — raising money and awareness for Baltimore’s homeless, neglected and abused animals. It’s safe to say that Torrey’s spirited and full-of-heart conclusion to the show is always a crowd-favorite moment,” BARCS posted on Facebook. “This year, Torrey surprised us all with a special announcement. He explained that before the show, he and his wife Chanel were discussing what more they could do for all the homeless animals they spent time with backstage. They wanted to make sure that every single one of them had an adoption application by the end of the night.
“Torrey and Chanel decided that they would cover the adoption fees for every single cat and dog at Pawject Runway — 46 animals, wow!”
Smith will be wearing the midnight green of the Eagle squad this year, but his heart still bleeds purple for the pets of Baltimore. After attending the University of Maryland, Smith spent four years with the Baltimore Ravens before signing a 2-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Now back on the East Coast, Smith may be a few miles from his hometown fans, but he’s had no problem picking up more fans who appreciate his compassion and honesty.
According to ABC News, the Smiths made headlines last year after sharing the personal health issues Chanel faced while pregnant with their second son, Kameron.
While their initial announcement of the pregnancy on Instagram went viral, those following the news soon learned that the Smith’s baby was a candidate for trisomy 18, a genetic disorder also known as Edwards syndrome.
Smith wrote on his own blog that Kameron had a 1 in 10 chance of being born with the disorder, which can cause developmental delays in children, as a result of an extra chromosome.
“She proved that she could handle anything. Suddenly we were able to talk about what we would do with this situation knowing that her life, as well as the baby’s, could be at risk, Smith wrote about his wife. “It was easily the hardest conversation I’ve ever been a part of. What do you do? Do you go forward knowing the outcome will be a miscarriage or death shortly after birth all while putting your life in danger? Or do you terminate the pregnancy?”
A doctor’s call put the Smith’s worries at ease, however, and Kameron was born without issues in June, 2016.
Those interested in adopting an animal from the BARCS facility can find out more at the shelter’s website.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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