Longoria home runs will again aid animal shelter

For the fifth consecutive season, every home run hit by Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. For every home run he hits during the 2016 season, Longoria will join the Rays, Bright House Networks, Ducky's Sports Lounge, Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow National Dance Competition to each donate $100 to the shelter.

Since 2012, Longoria's 94 home runs have generated $40,500 for the shelter. Evan and his wife, Jaime, have a rescue dog, Tatum, a seven-year-old Boerboel Mastiff.

"Jaime and I are proud to continue our affiliation with Pet Pal," said Longoria. "We encourage all Rays fans to visit the shelter and support the great work they do by volunteering, donating or adopting."

"The beginning of the season is an exciting time for Rays fans and our adoptable animals. Evan and Jaime truly bring home the meaning behind animal advocacy with their fundraising efforts, and we are incredibly privileged to have them on our team," said Pet Pal Executive Director Scott Daly.

For the past four years, the Tampa Bay Rays and Pet Pal have also partnered to create the "Players and Pooches" calendar. The 2016 calendar is currently on sale at the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic and the Rays Pro Shop & Ticket Outlet in Tampa. The calendar features 15 Rays players, including Longoria, with their pets and costs $15, with all proceeds going to Pet Pal.

Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a no-kill nonprofit organization committed 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. Pet Pal is also dedicated to educating the public about the pet overpopulation crisis, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership.

To donate or for additional information, visit petpalanimalshelter.com or call (727) 328-7738.