ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— For the fifth straight year, the Tampa Bay Rays and Pet Pal Animal Shelter have partnered to create the “Players and Pooches” calendar. The calendar, which costs $15, will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Rays Tropicana Field Team Store, the Rays Pro Shop and Ticket Outlet located in downtown Tampa, Pet Pal Animal Shelter, Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic and Pet Pal Thrift Store.
New for this year’s calendar is an online ordering system, where customers can order and have a calendar shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. All proceeds benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter.
This year’s full-color calendar consists of 14 months, each featuring a different Rays player along with either their own dogs or a dog from Pet Pal. The only exception is Matt Duffy, who is pictured with his famous feline, Skeeter.
The calendar includes: Evan Longoria, Kevin Kiermaier, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin, Brad Boxberger, Drew Smyly, Steven Souza Jr., Jake Odorizzi, Brad Miller, Matt Duffy, Alex Cobb, Luke Maile, Ryan Garton and first base coach Rocco Baldelli.
The calendar is made possible through the Rays and the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame.
Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a no-kill, nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from animal shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training. It is also committed to educating the public about the pet overpopulation crisis, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership.