You may know Max Scherzer as a star pitcher for the New York Mets. But what you might not know is that the 37-year-old and his wife Erica are big animal lovers.
The couple are strong supporters of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, where Ms. Scherzer currently serves on the board.
They have offered to sponsor adoption fees for all dogs over 30 pounds adopted from St. Hubert until Sunday, June 12.
The shelter is full right now with more than 40 dogs waiting for families and the Scherzers want to help encourage adoptions, communications director Diane Ashton said.
“Most of the dogs are big dogs and a lot of them have been with us for a while, just hoping to find a home,” Ashton said.
The need is great, so the Scherzers’ offer couldn’t have come at a better time, she added.
The shelter is also calling for favors who can temporarily open their home to animals in the shelter. This will help make room for incoming animals.
Ashton said anyone interested in adopting a shelter animal can visit The St. Hubert site to see all available animals. Adoption counselors are always available to answer any questions and help find the right animal for their family.
The Scherzer family has owned four rescue dogs and two cats since 2017, according to Wikipedia.
This isn’t the first time Max and Erica have offered to cover the cost of adopting a pet. They were involved with the Humane Rescue Alliance and announced after Hurricane Harvey hit August 17 that they would personally cover all pet adoption costs from the group’s Washington DC-based shelter for four days.
Scherzer, who has been out of action with baseball since May 18 due to an oblique strain, confirmed on Twitter that his own dog bit the pitcher’s hand last week.
According to the New York Post and reported by The Associated Press, the right-hander was bitten by his dog, Rafi. He said Rafi injured his leg while running and was screaming in pain. When he tried to calm her down by putting his hands on her, she bit him.
Luckily, it wasn’t a bad bite and it shouldn’t slow his initial recovery.
Scherzer is expected to be back in the Mets roster later this month.
Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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