INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts tackle Braden Smith and his wife, Courtney, are making big moves to help animals in central Indiana.
The couple, who are self-described "dog people," are joining forces with IndyHumane, an organization for which they are already huge advocates.
The Smiths are regular volunteers at the shelter and last year they participated in Giving Tuesday with IndyHumane. Plus, they own three dogs with Marvel-ous names: Rocket, Groot and Drax.
On Tuesday, the shelter announced the Smiths would serve as ambassadors for the shelter. Together, their goal will be to help shelter animals find forever homes.
“We’ve been a part of the Indianapolis community for five years and we think it’s really important to give back to causes that are near and dear to our heart,” said Braden.
As ambassadors, they'll be co-chairs for the Mutt Strut at Victory Field on Oct.15 and they'll participate in “One Day of Giving” again this November.
The Smiths will also bring expanded visibility and support to the shelter.
“We are dog people and we believe every dog deserves a forever home,” said Courtney. “That’s why we love supporting IndyHumane!”
As volunteers, the Smiths provide a service that IndyHumane says is integral to its operation.
“Volunteers are an integral part of the day-to-day operation at IndyHumane,'' said IndyHumane CEO Donna Casamento. “IndyHumane relies heavily on the community of people who contribute their time and resources to changing the lives of homeless dogs and cats. We look forward to working together with the Smiths to fulfill our mission and achieve our goals for many years to come.”
Information about volunteering for IndyHumane can be found on the shelter's website.