Shelter Dogs Used as “Ball Boys” for Brazil Open

The Brazil Open tennis tournament is using shelter dogs as ball boys to help raise adoption and shelter awareness.

A dog picks up a tennis ball during the Brazil Open tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Feb. 25, 2016. The dog was one of four trained animals that engaged onlookers Thursday night by picking up balls that went out of bounds. Not long ago, the same dogs had run abandoned in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals. (AP Photo/Leandro Martins)
(AP Photo/Leandro Martins)

 
 

 

 

 

Four rescue dogs from a shelter in Brazil have been employed to be “ball boys” at the Brazil Open Tennis Tournament.  The event took place last week in Sao Paulo, and the dogs were used in an effort to spread awareness about adoption, and overcrowding at shelters.

 

 

 

 

 

“These are dogs that were mistreated,” trainer Andrea Beckert explained.  “We have to make them adapt, feel the environment, the court, the noise of the balls and the noise of the people.”

 

 

Portugal's Gastao Elias receives a ball from a dog during the Brazil Open tennis tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves center stage at the ATP 250 Brazil Open tournament. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals. (AP Photo/Leandro Martins)
(AP Photo/Leandro Martins)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

104 thoughts on “Shelter Dogs Used as “Ball Boys” for Brazil Open

  1. Not only was keep away the real game of the day but when the balls were finally retrieved, they were a bit soggy. 😀 (y)

  2. I know a border collie, Summer, who would be great for that. She’s smart enough to know that if she gives it to you, you’ll throw it again.

  3. I hope they have a better future and were not simply returned to the shelter afterwards and that there was an emphasis on the adoption of dogs while this display was going on…

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