Scherzer de­liv­ers for another pet project

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY SCOTT ALLEN scott.allen@wash­post.com

Na­tion­als pitcher Max Scherzer is one of the fiercest com­peti­tors in base­ball. Case in point: Scherzer’s re­ac­tion when Wash­ing­ton Man­ager Dusty Baker vis­ited the mound in the eighth in­ning Tues­day night to check on his ace against the Ori­oles in Bal­ti­more.

On the mound, Scherzer is de­scribed as a bull­dog. Off the field, he likes spend­ing time with his four adopted dogs. Last year, Scherzer and two of his shep­herd mixes, Bo and Rafi, starred in a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment for the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States to pro­mote Pets for Life, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pro­gram to pro­vide pet own­ers in un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties ac­cess to af­ford­able pet care.

In a PSA for the D.C.-based Hu­mane Res­cue Al­liance that de­buted this past week, Scherzer de­scribes the jour­ney of a good doggy named Glee, who trav­eled from the streets of Birm­ing­ham to an over­crowded Alabama shel­ter be­fore she was brought to HRA.

Glee, who has two dif­fer­ent-col­ored eyes like Scherzer and at least one of the pitcher’s dogs, was adopted shortly af­ter the PSA was filmed this spring.

“An­i­mals — and es­pe­cially res­cue an­i­mals — are an im­por­tant part of our lives,” Scherzer said in a re­lease. “My wife Erica and I are proud to work with the Hu­mane Res­cue Al­liance to help find homes for the dogs and cats that so des­per­ately need them.”

Erica Scherzer serves on the board of di­rec­tors for HRA, which is the re­sult of last year’s merger be­tween the Wash­ing­ton Hu­mane So­ci­ety and the An­i­mal Res­cue League. An HRA spokesman said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is in talks with the Mys­tics, Red­skins and Wizards about fea­tur­ing ath­letes in fu­ture PSAs with adopt­able pets. Red­skins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, at­tended the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s “Bark Ball” last June with their dog Bent­ley. Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/dc­sports­bog

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