A Massachusetts animal shelter has cause to celebrate. Twenty-two of their cats and dogs just found new families, and they might very well owe their big wins to Olympic superstar, Nancy Kerrigan.
Whenever the Olympic medalist makes one of her rare public appearances, throngs of enraptured young girls are sure to materialize, with their loving families in tow. On Sunday, to celebrate the closing ceremonies of this year’s Olympics, Ms. Kerrigan autographed pairs of ice skates at Salem’s Northeast Animal Shelter. Her husband and agent, Jerry Solomon, told the Gloucester Times,
“Nancy’s always been a big animal lover. She’s been around dogs her whole life.”
With this weekend’s appearance, Ms. Kerrigan was able to merge her love of animals and encourage pet adoption, while tying in with the final day of the Winter Olympics. All of these things are so important to Ms. Kerrigan, making today a winning combination for everyone. Said Mr. Solomon,
“Nancy and the kids have been wanting a dog for a long time so making the appearance here made a lot of sense.”
For Kerrigan, it was ‘a great opportunity to be here and interact with not only the fans but also with the animals.’ Shelter Director Laurie McCannon hoped that Ms. Kerrigan’s appearance would bring a crowd of potential adopters to NEAS, and their plan far surpassed what they expected.
“Several people came specifically to meet Nancy and take a look at pets while they’re here, and you get enticed. How can you not when you put a dog or a cat face in front of somebody, how can you resist them?”
Apparently Ms. Kerrigan found them to be irresistible as well. It was reported that her family went home with a new four-legged family member – so this was definitely an award-winning superstar day for these lucky shelter pets.
NEAS is open seven days a week, and has more great animals still waiting for their homes. Please click here for information, or call (978) 745-9888 . And check out this episode of ShelterMe.tv, starring Allison Janney, who recently was awarded a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mom in “I, Tonya”. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan competed against each other on the ice.