While the Philadelphia Phillies are battling their way toward a winning season, the team’s catcher has already made a World Series level commitment. Cameron Rupp met a Cane Corso in need of a home through his community service work with the Pennsylvania SPCA in North Philadelphia.
The two-year-old dog was found hog-tied and terrified outside the shelter. There was no sign of her owners, and shelter staff ended up sending the dog’s picture to Rupp as one of their biggest supporters. The MLB player went to visit her, and then he ended up seeing her two more times that week. On Wednesday, the adoption was finally made official.
Rupp fell in love with the dog’s sweet personality and ability to overcome a traumatic past. He named her Lola, and the big pup is now living happily with Rupp and the rest of her new family. She now has a canine brother named Chief, and Rupp wasted no time in spoiling her with Phillies apparel.
Rupp has been a long-standing supporter of animal rights, and in July, he helped raise $30,000 for the Pennsylvania SPCA. In addition to taking Lucy home this week, he’s also helping to change the lives of four other dogs at the shelter. Rupp signed on to sponsor the adoption fees for Savannah, Baby, Hailey, and Washington. He said on Instagram,
“I wish I could’ve done it for every animal there, but it’s a start.”
While Rupp introduces Lola to life as a major leaguer, he encourages everyone in the Philadelphia area to stop by the shelter and adopt.
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