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It’s a Clean Sweep!

NY Mets’ Wives & Girlfriends Help Groom Homeless Dogs & Puppies

Angelina and Kari Ann listened intently on grooming tips from one of our professional groomers and got a few helpful hints from our student intern Tyler and his puppy Leeza. Leeza is a Hound mix who was adopted yesterday!

Yesterday, six special guests joined the grooming staff at North Shore Animal League America to volunteer their time bathing some of our newest arrivals—and a splashing good time was had by all!

Our visitors—Molly Beers, Angelina Colella, Kourtney Pogue, Sarah Atchison, KariAnn Gee and Tori Murphy—are all the wives or girlfriends of members of the New York Mets, and all were making their first visit to Animal League America.

“This was a great opportunity for us to help out and do something positive for the community,” said Beers, a model who is engaged to Mets’ third baseman David Wright.

The Mets organization is a great supporter of the mission of Animal League America to rescue, nurture and adopt nearly 20,000 homeless shelter pets, or Mutt-i-grees®, every year. Several times during the season, the Mets host a very special event at Citifield, called Bark in the Park, in which proud dog owners take their dogs on the field prior to the first pitch for a special Dog Parade and then enjoy the game from the Pepsi Porch. The entire profit of the dog ticket and a portion of the human ticket go to support Animal League America. (The home games on September 9 and 14 will both be Bark in the Park events. Click here for more information.)

Molly spent a few moments cuddling Hartley the puppy before giving him his first bath in our grooming station.

An Arizona native, Beers said that she’d heard about Animal League America many times by her dentist, who had adopted from us in the past. “He’s been telling me what a great organization it is, and all of us couldn’t wait to see for ourselves.”

The six women spent several hours in our two grooming rooms, helping wash dozens of Mutt-i-gree puppies who’d recently arrived from municipal shelters from down south. The pups will all be going up for adoption in the next few days.

Kourtney towel dried Hartley’s brother Max.

The women also enjoyed their tour of Animal League America, especially when they were on hand to witness the moment when someone adopted their new best friend. “It was so fun to see people’s faces when they were holding their new baby,” said KariAnn Gee, wife of Mets pitcher Dillon Gee—and a soon-to-be new mother to the Gee’s first child.

Gee, a Texas native, said that her hometown of Cleburne was struck during the Texas tornadoes this year, and that many of the Mets’ wives and girlfriends pitched in to gather supplies for the victims. The group also helped get supplies to those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma, and many also volunteer with the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Sarah got an unexpected kiss from one of our newest arrivals. This handsome puppy is named Boomer and will be up for adoption soon.

“We all want to do whatever we can to make a difference,” said Sarah Atchison, another Texas native and wife of Mets relief pitcher Scott Atchison.

While many of the women already have dogs, Angelina Colella and her boyfriend Eric Langill (who joined her for the visit) are looking right now, and they plan to adopt. “I know about puppy mills, and I’d never buy a dog at a pet store,” says Colella. “Adoption is the right thing to do.”

Everyone at Animal League America extends our most sincere thanks to our special guests, and we look forward to welcoming them back soon!

Texan the two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix was in heaven after receiving so much attention.
He didn’t know which person to say hello to first.