Main Line Animal Rescue of Washington, DC, USA, placed an ad in the Washington Post, promising to donate 5 bags of dog food to a local animal shelter each time football player Michael Vick is tackled during the Philadelphia Eagles’ match with the Washington Redskins, October 26.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer –
Each time the Eagles’ new gadget guy-backup quarterback is tackled during the Oct. 26 away game against the Redskins, five bags of dog food will be donated to a D.C. animal shelter.
“Because there are no second chances on an empty stomach,” the ad says.
It also encourages people to volunteer at a shelter on game day, perhaps even “hugging a homeless Pit Bull.”
Vick served 18 months in prison for funding a dogfighting operation where pit bulls were killed.
In signing Vick to a two-year deal, the Eagles said he’d served his time and deserved a second chance.
“I think we’re all getting tired of the ‘Does he deserve a second chance?’ kind of thing,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of the shelter, which is near Valley Forge. “Maybe it’s about time that the million pit bulls euthanized every year got their second chance.”
“It’s such a misunderstood breed. . . . They’re great dogs,” he said, adding they’ve gotten a terrible stigma “because of people like Michael Vick.”
The ad’s main aim is to bring attention back to the needs of dogs, he said.
“I think we just need to raise public awareness, and this is a good way to do that,” he said.
“It may be funny. It may be clever. It may not,” he said.
“I think we just need to raise public awareness, and this is a good way to do that. It may be funny. It may be clever. It may not,” – Bill Smith, founder and CEO of the shelter.
I know a few people who’d likely offer to BUILD a shelter if you can promise to knock him unconscious. Twice. With a brick.