Local Marlins Stars Go to Bat for Homeless Pets

Posted by Katya on August 6th, 2012

Adopt-a-Pet.com Launches Pet Adoption Awareness Campaign in Miami

August 6, 2012 — Miami Marlins players Mark Buehrle and John Buck are going to bat for homeless pets.  Mark and his wife, Jamie Buehrle, along with John and spouse Brooke Buck, have partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption web service, on a public service awareness campaign launching this week in the greater Miami area.

Miami residents will see multiple billboards promoting pet adoption that feature the Buehrles and the Bucks, as well as online videos featuring each couple.  Mark and Jamie appear with their four dogs, including their most recent rescued pit bull, Slater.  John and Brooke are featured in another PSA with their two dogs, Nala and Sandy.

The Buehrle family have long been involved in animal rescue.  Since moving to Miami, they’ve founded “Buehrle’s Buddies,” a monthly pre-game adoption event that brings pets from local shelters and rescue organizations to Marlins Park, where they can meet potential adopters.  They are also major supporters of Hope Animal Rescues, an Illinois-based rescue group, where a building they donated is named in their honor.  Jamie also serves on the board of directors of Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles, MO, and volunteers her time there and at Stray Rescue.

“Pets in Miami animal shelters are getting ‘major league’ assistance thanks to these heroes,” states Abbie Moore, Adopt-a-Pet.com Executive Director.  “By speaking out about their passion for pet adoption and how easy it is to find a new furry family member through Adopt-a-Pet.com, they’re truly making a difference in the lives of people and homeless pets.”

“The shelters are a great place to find wonderful pets.  Our dogs have added so much to our lives and our family wouldn’t be complete without them,” states Mark Buehrle.  “You can pretty much find any kind of pet you want in a shelter, both mixed-breed and purebred.  In fact, one of our adopted pets is a purebred Viszla.”

Jamie Buehrle adds, “It’s easy to say ‘You should adopt a pet because it helps the pet’, but what we want people to understand is that pet adoption has an amazing impact on your life.  There’s nothing like having this incredibly loyal and grateful friend to greet you at the door every night. It’s the best feeling!”

Expressing his family’s passion for pet adoption, John Buck said, “There are so many pets already out there to love, why wouldn’t someone want to add that love to their family?  Local shelters have the perfect pet for every person, and Adopt-a-Pet.com can help anyone find their perfect match.”

The PSA’s for the Buehrles and the Bucks can be found at http://youtu.be/-CG1ny3dsGA and http://youtu.be/Ii5sa_KcucM.  Artwork is available upon request.

About Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 12,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies that advertise their homeless pets to adopters. Over 200 Miami animal shelters rely on Adopt-a-Pet.com’s services to help them find homes for the pets in their care. Every month, Adopt-a-Pet.com displays photos and descriptions of adoptable pets to over 2 million people trying to adopt a pet.  Funding for Adopt-a-Pet.com is provided by the passionate pet lovers at Nestlé Purina and Bayer Animal Health.  Visit www.adoptapet.com for additional information.

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Sue Cornick, Coterie Media, 310-995-1074; sue@coteriemedia.com

Nikki Pesusich, Coterie Media, 818-788-7650; nikki@coteriemedia.com

Abbie Moore, Adopt-a-Pet.com, 323-791-4327; abbie@cms.adoptapet.com