Shelter Announces World Series “Line-Pup” Of Rescue Dogs

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It’s a great time to be a Washington-area baseball fan, especially if you live to play catch, run around on all fours, and are currently seeking a forever home.

A D.C.-area shelter, the Humane Rescue Alliance, is leveraging World Series fever by announcing a “starting line-pup” of rescue dogs named for Washington Nationals baseball players, according to the Washington Post.

This winning roster includes bulldog Howie Kendrick, named for the team’s second baseman, and a playful terrier mix christened Juan Soto. A Labrador/terrier named Gerardo Parra even carries his own pair of lucky red sunglasses, just like his namesake player. There’s also a canine version of Max Scherzer, the pitcher with heterochromia, or two different colored eyes.

Meanwhile, big team’s good fortunes are rubbing off on the furry, four-legged players.

Stevie Strasburg, a 5-month old puppy named for the Washington Nationals pitcher, was adopted the same day his human namesake won the game after striking out seven consecutive players. Coincidence? We don’t think so.

Many of the players have also assisted in the Humane Rescue Alliance’s efforts by sponsoring the dogs’ adoption fees. “It helps people feel connected to the players and helps them see them as really compassionate people who love animals just like they do,” HRA’s president and chief executive, Lisa LaFontaine, told The Washington Post.

That connection helps locals connect with their home team while helping the line-pup — which has being adopted at an unusually high rate — find forever homes. “There’s a real special buzz going on right now,” said LaFontaine, “but when cities love their sports teams, people love to feel that, and this just brings it to another level.”

Best of luck to HRA’s “line-pup” and all the human players!

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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