Obviously athletes, like all people, can either be very good to animals or very bad. We all know the Michael Vick story.
I'm a St. Louis Blues fans. Anyway, I ran across this article about a Blues player named Barrett Jackman. He rescues dogs that he finds. David Backes, a member of the same team, rescued a pregnant boxer a few months ago. Tony La Russa is known for his Animal Rescue Foundation.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the article.
"They have a gunshot wound and you get there too late or you drop them off to the vet and you hear a day or two later that they didn't make it -- it's definitely hard and hard to deal with sometimes. But when you do manage to save a dog and you see the look on their face once they know they're safe and loved . . . it's one of the best feelings."
Barret Jackman helps man's best friends
The real hero, insists Jackman, is Stray Rescue of St. Louis and its founder, Randy Grim, who is out on the streets everyday and is credited with saving more than 5,000 feral dogs since 1991.
(http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Barret+Jackman+helps+best+friends/4343571/story.html#ixzz1Fg2tKEpq - broken link)
Hope that puts a smile on your face. Obviously most of us can't afford to help as much as they can, but we each do what we can. It's great to know that athletes aren't too proud to help out those who need it. Of course, they help people a lot, too.