Thousands of animal lovers in Maryland packed a Baltimore sports arena last weekend to witness adorable shelter cats and dogs that show why they can be fashion models. Each of the adoptable animals prances down a runway hoping that someone from the crowd will provide them a forever home.
The event is called Pawject Runway, which was purposely organized to promote awareness about animal adoption in the shelters.
Before they wrapped up the event, NFL wide receiver Torrey Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles made an assuring statement that he and his wife Chanel will be paying the adoption fees for all 46 cats and dogs from a local shelter in the area called Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter or BARCS.
“We decided that if we covered the adoption costs, that would be more money people could apply to helping those animals,” Torrey Smith told The Dodo. “For Chanel and I, we try to do more for each event, so this year we thought, ‘How can we show appreciation to the people who are out there supporting this cause?’”
“We wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted to adopt an animal tonight, they don’t have to worry about the adoption fees,” Smith said in his speech. “We’ll take care of it for them.”
The kind-hearted couple wanted to keep their gift quiet.
“We never wanted attention for paying the adoption fees,” Smith added. “This was meant to be a thank you to the volunteers and adopters out there, and to help more animals find homes.”
But the Smiths decided at the last minute to make a statement to educate people about the importance of adopting shelter animals.
According to the organizers, all 46 animals have now been spoken for, just a few days after the event. The American football star also made more donations on top of sponsoring the adoption fees.
“In some ways, all this publicity about [The Smiths’] gift is ironic, because there’s so much they’ve done over the past five years that’s never gotten so much as a nod.”
“Every time we’ve needed or asked something of them, they’ve come through — and that includes Pawject Runway. They’ve never missed one, even if it means taking a red-eye from San Francisco or walking the runway in the throes of morning sickness.”
Here are some of the animals that are now being adopted because of the Smiths.
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Source: The Dodo