John Martin threw strikes for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers back in the 1980s. He has the World Series rings to prove it.
Last weekend, John threw a strike for pet adoption.
Jake comes home
Martin and his wife Diane adopted an 8-month-old boxer/Lab mix during PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend September 14-16. The dog they named Jake was waiting for them at the PetSmart store at Orland Hills, outside Chicago.
“Diane has been wanting to get a dog. She fell in love with Jake,” he says.
Their pet adoption was through Half-Way 2 Home Animal Rescue, a nonprofit in Orland Hills that finds foster homes for homeless pets until they can find permanent families. The group brings animals to PetSmart twice a month and was the lead partner in the area during National Adoption Weekend.
It’s just wonderful to see how people connect with these pets,” says Kristin-Beer-Zawarus, director and founder of Half-way 2 Home. “They’re saving these pets’ lives, and the pets are filling holes in their lives.”
Thanks to John and the rest of the Martin family, Jake is now safe at home.