The sports world may be in an age of skepticism right now thanks to the Manti Te'o story, but the following's absolutely true; eight CFL players have headed to Mexico for part of their offseason to help Cats and Dogs International treat stray animals. Here's part of what Saskatchewan Roughriders' slotback Chris Getzlaf told the CBC about the project:
He said he has seen many examples of malnourished and mistreated dogs while in Mexico.
"It's kind of heartbreaking," he said. "It's hard to see."
One of the players planned to adopt an injured dog and take it home, he added.
Getzlaf said a typical day involves work at the clinic to prepare for surgeries, including sedating animals and shaving their fur for the doctors.
He said they were treating several dozen animals every day.
It's an impressive list of CFL players involved in the project: Getzlaf, Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce, Winnipeg defensive backs Ian Logan and Brady Browne, Toronto slotback Andre Durie, Montreal linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette, Calgary wide receiver Jabari Arthur and Winnipeg long-snapper Chris Cvetkovic, who pulled this effort together. Cvetkovic's no stranger to spending his offseasons doing important charity work, as he was also involved in the Huddle For Haiti project in 2011. Here are some further photos he's shared on Twitter of the animals they've been helping:
This is a remarkable effort, and it's nice to see so many prominent CFL players take time out of their offseason to do it. Guys in this league give back to the world in a variety of ways, and this is just one example along those lines. The CFL may be a Canada-based league, but plenty of its players have an impact around the world; this story just goes to prove that.