The team will donate a puppy calendar for orphan animal awareness

SAN DIEGO — The Padres and Helen Woodward Animal Center are teaming up to find homes for orphaned animals, raising awareness for the sixth annual cause this Sunday at Petco Park, the animal shelter announced Monday.

A puppy calendar, featuring many of the team’s players with adorable adoptables, will be offered to the first 35,000 fans at the 1:10 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to the animal center. Those who attend the game also have the chance to meet the four-legged cuties at the gate.

“It’s obvious the Padres players have a heart for animals when we see them interact with our orphaned puppies during the calendar photoshoot,” said Jackie Kelleher, social media manager for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Their love for rescue gives me another reason to support them every season.”

The Padres players were able to spend time with the orphaned puppies during a photo shoot in Peoria, Arizona, where the brothers attend spring training, the animal center said. Top players like Manny Machado, Joe Musgrove and Jake Cronenworth can be seen on the calendars cuddling orphaned puppies.

“We deeply appreciate that the Padres and Petco are extending this incredible opportunity to promote orphaned animals year after year,” said Renee Resko, vice president of development at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Saving lives takes teamwork and we can’t think of a better team to help us send our adorable ones into forever homes.”

Anyone interested in adopting a new fuzzy puppy can contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Service at 858-756-4117 ext. 1, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.