ATLANTA DREAM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ATLANTA PET RESCUE & ADOPTION
— Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler honored with APRA’s Mercy Award —
The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today that it has finalized a partnership with Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA). APRA is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving homes.
On April 18, Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler was honored at APRA’s Second Annual Rescues on the Runway event with the organization’s Mercy Award. The award is named after Mercy – APRA’s first pitbull who was rescued from animal control in 2013. She was inflicted with Babesia and succumbed to her disease after multiple treatments and blood transfusions. The Mercy Memorial fund was developed not only to honor Mercy’s life, but to help future special needs animals, with 100 percent of all money raised designated to help animals with special medical needs.
“We are proud and honored to partner with APRA,” said Dream President and General Manager Angela Taylor. “We fully support APRA’s goal of rescuing pets from homelessness or unhealthy environments, and recognize the impact these pets, when cared for properly, can have on our community. Our co-owner, Kelly Loeffler, has long been a supporter of this worthy cause, and we have several players, staff members, and fans who are pet owners who also understand and support the benefits of pet adoption.
“The staggering fact is that 90,000 unwanted animals are euthanized each year in Metro Atlanta alone, so our partnership with the Atlanta Dream will give us a collective voice that will help draw attention to this problem,” said Mica Hill, Executive Director at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption. “It was an honor to present Kelly Loeffler with the 2015 Mercy Award – a tribute to an advocate for our special needs animals – and to officially announce our partnership at our Rescues on the Runway event. The entire management team and players have truly embraced the collaboration and together we are ambitious we will bring more attention to the importance of adopting a rescue animal and truly saving lives while having some fun showcasing these adorable adoptable dogs and cats.”
As part of the partnership, the Dream will host a “Pet Palooza” pre-game rescue event prior to the Dream’s Sept. 6 game against the Washington Mystics that will feature collection bins while promoting shelter volunteering. The Dream will also support and participate in other APRA events, including a community service project during WNBA Cares Week.
A social media component of the partnership will feature Hill answering pet health questions from Dream fans or providing his own pet health tips. The Dream will also have exclusive ticket offers, with portions of the proceeds benefitting APRA. In addition, all APRA volunteers will receive game admission vouchers donated by Loeffler, and all applicants in APRA’s “Our Pets, Your Dream” pet adoption program will receive two vouchers.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream opens its eighth season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on June 5 at New York, with the home opener slated for Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET vs. the Connecticut Sun. The Dream, which plays its home games at Philips Arena, has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2015 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.