25 February 2017

WELFARE - Adoptable Dogs Return as Ball Dogs at Brazil Open

After a successful debut in 2016, ball dogs will once again participate in the Brazil Open tennis tournament.

The six dogs are from local animal shelters and will retrieve balls during warmups for the semi-final and final games.

All four dogs that appeared last year were adopted and organizers hope this year’s dogs will ‘fetch’ people’s attention and find homes as well.

Ball dogs Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha range in age from four to ten years.

"They are dogs that have had a difficult trajectory, yes. But what we want to point out is not the history suffered from the past, but to prove that no matter what they have gone through, they can be great companions today and in the future,” Madalena Spinazzola, director of corporate marketing and strategic planning for PremieR Pet and event organizer, said on the Brazil Open website.

Having dogs retrieve tennis balls at the tournament places them in front of an audience that may not have considered adoption and that is the goal of many unique adoption promotions.

Other innovative examples include having adoptable dogs at a major league baseball game, as greeters in a hotel and dancing in a ballet.

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