BALTIMORE, Ore. — When Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, walked into BARCS Animal Shelter what he asked for was music to the ears of shelter staff. Stanley, accompanied by his teammate Alexander Lewis and his girlfriend, said “We are looking for dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.” This isn’t a request that’s heard often, and it’s one that staff were happy to help with.
The crew at BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue Care Shelter) were quick to show the trio three dogs, each with their own reason as to why they’d have a tougher time finding a forever home. When Stanley met Winter it was love at first sight. The six-year-old Pit Bull who’d obviously been over-bred, arrived at the shelter about a month ago. Found in an abandoned home, without power, or heat, and no open windows, Winter was dehydrated and hungry. She had chewed through the drywall and it’s not known whether she was doing that to fill her belly, or find her own way out.
Her “long hanging belly” as a result of having several litters of puppies is what might deter some from adopting her. But it’s exactly what made Stanley love her all the more. According to the adoption announcement on BARCS facebook page, Stanley said, “Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.” Winter had won the hearts of Stanley and his girlfriend. They immediately began the adoption process, attended the mandatory adoption class, and took Winter home that very day.
BARCS proudly stated on their facebook page:
We are so proud to have amazing guys like Ronnie to be role models to the kids in our city. Not only does his single act of kindness make adoption cool, but it makes giving love to an imperfectly perfect dog a ‘manly’ thing to do
The post has been seen by thousands, shared over 2,500 times, and has likes and loves galore. Not to be left out, Alexander Lewis got a special shout-out by shelter staff. While Stanley attended the adoption class Lewis used his muscle and helped attendants at the shelter carry in several heavy bags of dog food. Lewis has a soft spot himself for shelter dogs. He’s got two of his very own Tootsie and Tino, and obviously they bring him so much joy.