How Max Scherzer and his wife are helping animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey

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Nationals pitcher <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8193/" data-ylk="slk:Max Scherzer">Max Scherzer</a> and his wife, Erica, are doing their part to make sure pets displaced by Hurriance Harvey are well taken care of. (AP)
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, are doing their part to make sure pets displaced by Hurriance Harvey are well taken care of. (AP)

There are countless ways for us to reach out and help those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. That includes making time and room for the victims that are often overlooked in such disasters — the animals.

Thanks to Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, many of the animals who were displaced during the storm will have a place to call home until they can be reunited with their owners. Beginning on Thursday, the Scherzers offered to pay the adoption fees at two Washington D.C. shelters that are looking to free up room to bring displaced pets.

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The offer will extend through Sunday as they attempt to get as many animals adopted as possible.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the D.C.-based Humane Rescue Alliance, which is an organization Scherzer and his wife are heavily involved in as members of the board of directors. It speaks to their deep love of animals and their compassion for those who will be forced to rebuild their homes and their lives in the coming weeks and months.

“Adoption fees range from $85 up to about $200 depending on the animal and the age of the animal,” Humane Rescue Alliance Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Shain told Fox 5 in Washington on Thursday. “But Erica and Max have pledged because they know how important it is we get these kennels empty and they are going to cover those adoption fees.”

Money is no issue for Scherzer. He’s in the third year of a seven-year, $210M contract. He’s more than willing to put it to good use too, and this is about as good as it gets.

At least 20 pets were expected to arrive as of Thursday. That number could certainly increase before the weekend is over, but they’re also far from the only shelter offering to take pets in. We take our hat off to all of them for making sure these animals are well taken care of.

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