The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Washington, DC - Nationals All-Star, Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer Stars in Humane Rescue Alliance Public Service Announcement

Friday, May 12, 2017

Washington, DC - Nationals All-Star, Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer Stars in Humane Rescue Alliance Public Service Announcement

“Every Rescue Animal Has a Story” PSA Campaign Debuts

Washington, DC - The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) has enlisted the assistance of an All-Star to encourage the public to adopt rescue animals.  Washington Nationals All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer and adoptable dog “Glee” star in the public service announcement, which will debut thiWas week.

The public service announcement was recorded at HRA’s Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center this spring.  During the video, Scherzer explains to viewers that every rescue animal has a story and describes Glee’s journey from the streets of Birmingham to an overcrowded Alabama shelter and finally to the Humane Rescue Alliance.  Scherzer explains that rescue animals are often simply the victims of bad luck, but they have “lots of love to give” and he encourages the public to be a part of a rescue animal’s story.

“Max –and Glee – did an outstanding job in this PSA and we’re thrilled that Max has volunteered his time to help us tell one of the many great stories we have here at HRA,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA.  “Professional athletes have a unique public platform, and when they are willing to speak up for the less fortunate– in our case, homeless animals – it can be very powerful.”

Animal welfare and pet adoption are important issues for Scherzer and his wife, who currently have four adopted dogs. Erica Scherzer currently serves on HRA’s board of directors.

“Animals – and especially rescue animals – are an important part of our lives,” said Scherzer.  “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.  Taping this PSA with Glee was a lot of fun, and we’re especially ecstatic that Glee has since found her forever home here in the city.”

Shortly after the taping of the PSA, Glee, who was five months old at the time, was adopted by her forever family in Washington, DC.

The PSA is being distributed to all local television outlets and can also be seen on the Humane Rescue Alliance website by visiting The Scherzer-HRA PSA will be the first in a series featuring professional athletes from Washington, DC telling the stories of HRA adoptable pets.

About the Humane Rescue Alliance:
The Humane Rescue Alliance has protected and served the animals of the community for more than 145 years and serves more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care and control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. The organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals, bringing people and animals together, and working with all communities to support these relationships. HRA is based in Washington, DC, the only major urban area in the country that has all of its animal protection programs and services unified in one organization, making the Humane Rescue Alliance a model for the nation.


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