Even tough guys have soft spots.
A self-proclaimed forever animal person, NFL Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley asked the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for a senior dog who was unlikely to ever get adopted. He went home with Retriever-Terrier mix Lola--who looks every bit Pit Bull and every bit lovable.
The video below is part of Petco's "Think Adoption First" campaign, encouraging wannabe pet parents to think about going through a shelter instead of purchasing a furry family member from a breeder or store. The football star joins role models pro surfer Taylor Knox, MLB player Tyson Ross, pro skater Bucky Lasek, and roller derby champion Bonnie Thunders in telling his adoption story. These amazing guys are making adoption cool.
Stanley said he felt like someone "wanted" and "needed" him when he was drafted for the NFL at number six overall. He hoped to be able to provide this same feeling for Lola, a "not-so-adoptable dog."
"She just wanted to be around people and to feel loved, and to this day she still loves to cuddle just as much as that first night I brought her home."
By the looks of the video, Stanley succeeded beyond his words. Lola the rescue dog now has a new home and is loved by her big, strong Baltimore Ravens dad.
Petco is proud of the latest celebrity to help with their adoption program.
"Being able to witness the unconditional love between an accomplished athlete at the top of his game and an older dog in the sunset of her life is heartwarming," said David Hallisey, Petco vice president, corporate communications. "By sharing Ronnie and Lola's adoption story, we hope to encourage prospective pet parents to seriously consider adoption, whether it's at one of our in-store adoption events or at one of the many shelters we support across the country."
Petco also wants to remind potential adopters of their nation-wide adoption weekend September 9-10. The event has seen huge success in the past seeing more than 400,000 pets get adopted.
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