Choose to Rescue This Season with Liam Hendricks
One California celebrity gives his take on pet adoption
In honor of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s (HWAC) Home 4 the Holidays campaign running now through January 1, 2019, we’re sharing this interview with Liam and Kristi Hendriks. Liam Hendriks is a pitcher for the Oakland A’s. Kristi owns For the Field Apparel. Together, they are one of the luminaries for the Remember Me Thursday campaign, a global movement to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations to help orphan pets find forever homes.
What prompted you to adopt from the HWAC Why should others donate to this nonprofit?
We have five animals at our house—two dogs and three cats. We love our sweet pets. Our love for animal rescue is what drove us to participate in Remember Me Thursday, which is truly near and dear to our hearts. Donating to the Helen Woodward Animal Center allows us to see “our mission” in action. We see all of the animals who find their forever homes through HWAC, but the organization also helps to shine a light on the animals that weren’t rescued on Remember Me Thursday. This brings hope to the orphans in animal care facilities. We couldn’t think of a better organization to partner with.
How have you personally been involved?
We were lucky enough to connect with HWAC through a former teammate and his wife, Mark and Jamie Buehrle, in 2015 while I played with Mark on the Toronto Blue Jays. They knew we were extremely passionate about animal rescue, so they connected us with Jen from HWAC. We shared with Jen how eager we were to showcase animal rescue and adoption and also how we hoped to help end the fight on Breed Specific Legislature. We are both honored to be a part of Remember Me Thursday and I am truly thankful that I can use my platform for the greater good of animal welfare as a celebrity luminary.
So far, over 230,000 pets have been adopted during this year’s Home 4 the Holidays campaign, which kicked off October 1. The campaign encourages people to adopt orphan pets rather than buying from puppy mills and backyard breeders to save millions of pets lives. And support the cause by using #IChooseToRescue. For more information, visit the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Home 4 the Holidays page.