BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Torrey Smith may no longer play for the Baltimore Ravens, but the city of Baltimore is still in the hearts of the Smith family.
This weekend, Torrey and his wife, Chanel, covered the adoption fees for 46 animals at a city shelter.
It was a surprise to all the guests at the annual “Pawject Runway” runway fundraiser for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).
Torrey and Chanel say they made the decision earlier that night, and now all those dogs and cats have homes.
His heart for giving is just as big as his love for football.
For years, Torrey Smith has given to the Baltimore community while playing for the Ravens, but even after his departure from the franchise, he and his wife still pour their hearts into Charm City.
Practicing in Philadelphia for his upcoming season with the Eagles, Smith wasn’t available for comment on Monday, but people who attended the event got a big surprise.
“The crowd went wild,” said BARCS Executive Director Jennifer Brause. “It’s just really exciting and very generous for him [and Chanel] to do such a thing.”
Brause says the 5th annual “Pawject Runway” funraiser is one of the ways BARCS raises money to care for the nearly 12,000 animals they rescue each year.
“Now they’re in a shelter environment where we’re providing love and care and medical to these animals, but to know they are going to go to great homes, that means a lot to us,” Brause said.
Since it’s inception five years ago, Smith has been part of the fundraiser “Pawject Runway.”
“Those animals need medical care,” Brause said. “Whether it’s spayed, neutered, vaccinations or actually treatment, because we do get a lot of abused and neglected animals.”