Dogs are man's best friend, but far too often go without a person to provide that love and care in return. Even after discarded dogs are rescued, shelters often have difficulty finding homes for animals deemed less "adoptable."
That's why it's so important to share this story about Ravens rookie Ronnie Stanley, who just fell for a special dog named Winter from BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter).
The BARCS Facebook page recapped what happened when Stanley, his girlfriend and his Ravens teammate Alexander Lewis came in looking for a dog (click through to the comments for more awesome photos).
We have an incredible 'Happy Tail' to share! This weekend, Ravens Offensive Tackle #79 Ronnie Stanley visited BARCS in...Posted by BARCS Animal Shelter on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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For an animal advocate like myself, Stanley's actions amount to more than an "aww, how sweet!" moment. He sets an example of how to help shelter animals that need it most.
Dogs are passed over for adoption for all kinds of reasons that don't really matter when it comes to being a great companion. Most people want puppies, so older dogs have a harder time finding homes.
Certain breeds (pit bulls or pit mixes), superficial imperfections, disabilities and even color (black dogs aren't adopted as quickly) are seen as less desirable, which can leave wonderful potential pets languishing in shelters for their whole lives.
Animals that aren't fortunate enough to end up in no-kill shelters literally run out of time to impress someone, anyone, walking by their cages.
Winter is spared that fate thanks to Stanley, who's wise enough to know that a stretched belly -- "that's just what happens when you've had babies" -- won't stop her from becoming his best friend.
This 22-year-old rookie has his adoption priorities straight. Personality matters way more than looks.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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