NFL’s Torrey Smith Paid Adoption Fees for 46 Baltimore Shelter Pets

Torrey and Chanel Smith

There are some really, really good players for the Philadelphia Eagles (and there have been some very, very bad ones).

Among the best of the best, in my humble opinion, is Torrey Smith, a former wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens who will join the Eagles this year.

Torrey and his wife, Chanel, always attend the annual Pawject Runway event for BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter).

“Each year he reminds us all what this glamorous and grand event is all about — raising money and awareness for Baltimore’s homeless, neglected and abused animals,” BARCS wrote on its Facebook page yesterday. “It’s safe to say that Torrey’s spirited and full-of-heart conclusion to the show is always a crowd-favorite moment.”

But at this year’s event, Torrey and Chanel were even more full of heart. Before the show, as the couple mingled backstage with some of the pets hoping to find forever homes, they discussed with each other what more they could do to help the shelter animals.

“They wanted to make sure that every single one of them had an adoption application by the end of the night,” BARCS wrote. “Torrey and Chanel decided that they would cover the adoption fees for every single cat and dog at Pawject Runway — 46 animals, wow!”

But wait, it gets even better. After hearing about the Smiths’ generosity, Torrey’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, announced on Twitter he would match their donation.

As you can imagine, adoption applications have been pouring in. BARCS is calling the first-in-line potential adopters. If you live in the Baltimore area and are looking to adopt a dog or cat, check out the BARCS website.

And please think about naming your new pet Torrey, Chanel or Drew.

Photo via BARCS Animal Shelter Facebook page

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!