Football Players Sponsor Rescue Program For Dogs; Steelers QB Donates Police Dog

Morgan and Witherspoon

These NFL players are the complete opposite of Michael Vick and his complete disregard for animals.

Will Witherspoon, a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams, and Dan Morgan, a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, have decided to help sponsor a rescue program to put stray dogs in homes.

“In lieu of the Michael Vick scenario, we’re on the opposite end of the scale,” Witherspoon said.

“We love dogs and we want to see them treated good,” Morgan said. “We try to help them out as much as possible.”

The two football players became friends five years ago when they both played for the Panthers (both pictured here during Panthers training camp). They both shared a love for dogs — they own a total of six dogs in between them.

They not only love dogs, but they decided they wanted to be in the dog business. Morgan and Witherspoon entered a partnership with a doggie day care owner. The three opened a doggie day care center in the suburbs of North Carolina. Witherspoon hopes to open another center in Missouri.

Morgan and Witherspoon have also partnered with a North Carolina dog rescue operation to form a non-profit organization that places stray dogs in homes. The shelter opens next month and these two football players have agreed to be “life-long donors.”

“We adopt dogs, we bring them in. We pay for them ourselves. We do a lot of stuff that comes out of our pockets to give dogs better homes. We do a lot of positive things for dogs. We just both love dogs,” Morgan said.

In other NFL player related news, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation donated an explosion detection dog, a training course and a canine protection vest to the Cleveland Division of Police’s canine unit.

Cleveland’s only explosive detecting dog, 11-year-old Rex, is nearing retirement, and the department did not have any resources to purchase a new dog.

Roethlisberger grew up in Findlay, Ohio.

Source: Canadian Press, Houston Chronicle

Photo: Associated Press

(Thanks Menusux, Irene)

6 Responses to “Football Players Sponsor Rescue Program For Dogs; Steelers QB Donates Police Dog”

  1. Lynne says:

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation donated an explosion detection dog, a training course and a canine protection vest to the Cleveland Division of Police’s canine unit.

    While I applaud what these players are doing I have serious questions about the use of dogs in police departments after seeing this site:
    http://www.stoplynching.com/

    “Schutzhund” style training involves a high tolerance for dog abuse including the deliberate hanging or “lynching” of dogs, swinging, slamming, kicking, etc. These methods are employed by the police, sheriffs, military and private dog trainers and academies.

  2. nora says:

    I can only bow down with gratitude to these two dog lovers. They are doing something that is very compassionate and loving for doggies in need and also helping people who have to work all day a safe place to keep their fur-kids during working hours.

  3. catmom5 says:

    I just knew there were some good guys out there! Thank you, Itchmo, for introducing them to us. I wish that they would get more press than MV and that others will see that’s the BEST way for pro athletes to be involved with animals. Blessings on the good work you fellows are doing.

  4. Stefani says:

    From now on, I am abandoning the team that used to be my team, and rooting for the teams that are doing things to help the dogs.

    I think I am going to write the coach of the Redskins and tell him that they have a special responsibility to get involved to help dogs because of Clinton Portis’ ignorant remarks minimizing Michael Vick’s behavior. I won’t watch them again or root for them again until they do something like this.

    Stefani

  5. Lynn says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Morgan, Witherspoon, and all other pro-sportsmen involved with doing something GOOD for animals. YOU are exactly the kind of role model and sports hero America loves best.

  6. Jenny Bark says:

    Now that’s what our young people need to hear about & see. Thank guys.


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