Christen Press, Chicago Red Stars Team with PETA for Dog Friendly Match Day Event


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If you’re a lover of animals, and/or one who enjoys stories of individuals standing up for animal rights, then United States and Chicago Red Stars Forward Christen Press is an individual you’ll want to keep tabs on.  

#DogsForChristen was perhaps one of the best and most heart-warming sports hash tags of 2016.

Press is truly a Ballon d’Or regarding animal rights as she appeared in an adorable PETA public service announcment that premiered on the eve of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics  knockout round.

You can watch the YouTube of the Christen Press PETA PSA, alongside her precious pup Morena, who was rescued from a recycling center in Oakland, California below:

Now Christen Press, the reigning NWSL Player of the Week, is teaming up with PETA again, via her club team, as the Red Stars encourage fans to bring their dogs to the next home game Saturday May 27 at Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL.

The event, dubbed “Bark at the Park,” marks the first time that PETA has partnered with a local sports team to promote responsible guardianship. At the event, which begins at 3pm, PETA will raffle off a Pupsaver—a car seat, specially designed to protect dogs.

If you do have a soft spot for animals then your heart should bleed most for shelter pets/rescue animals because those are the little critters who need you the most. PETA hopes to reach as many fans as possible about the need to end the dog and cat overpopulation crisis, and encourages anyone with the time and resources to care for an animal to adopt from a shelter.

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This fun event has a serious message: “Millions of dogs end up in U.S. animal shelters every year, and they’re just waiting for the right family to come along and give them a loving home,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

“PETA looks forward to helping Red Stars fans and their dogs have a ball while celebrating the goal of ending animal homelessness.”

Adopting an animal from a shelter means making a lifelong commitment to their care and wellbeing.

PETA celebrated World Spay Day by hosting its annual Spay-a-Thon event. It was a cold, soggy day, but animal guardians queued up to take advantage of $35 spay/neuters for dogs and free appointments for cats on PETA’s Mobile Clinics. A SNIP client with her French bulldog.

That means more than just providing food, shelter, and medical care, but also spending time with them, and treating them as a member of your family by showing them the love and affection they deserve.

 PETA’s clinics provide companion animals and feral cats with free or low-cost sterilization and other veterinary services.

The Red Stars, in third place in the NWSL standings, will take on table toppers, and defending champion North Carolina.

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PETA’s clinic staff spayed and neutered over 60 animals on Spay Day 2015 for just $15 each, despite sub-freezing temperatures, rain, and sleet. A guardian picks up her dog after surgery. The dog looks adorably drowsy.

Press is just one of many on a long list of star pro athletes working with PETA, and/or standing up strong for the cause of animal rights.

That list includes:

Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson, Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea, Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, Miami Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris.

PETA will also be giving away 1,000 dog-friendly Frisbees that proclaim, “Save a Life! Always Adopt, Never Buy,” and that is pictured below-


For more info on the Bark in the Park match go to this link. For more info on Christen Press, her work with PETA and #DogsForChristen go to this link.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. Banks, a former writer for the Washington TimesNBC and Chicago, currently contributes to WGN CLTV and KOZN

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  1. How wonderful! Good for Christen for teaming up with PETA to spread the word about the importance of always adopting animals from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders. I hope this partnership inspires many people to visit their local shelter and open their heart to an animal in need!

  2. KimMarie says

    Love this! I adopted my dog from an open admission shelter and it was the best decision ever. Adopt, don’t shop!

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