Buehrle helping pitch in for pets at Marlins Park

Buehrle helping pitch in for pets at Marlins Park

Buehrle helping pitch in for pets at Marlins Park
MIAMI -- Marlins left-hander Mark Buehrle is making his pitch to assist pets.

On Saturday, the Buehrle's Buddies program will be outside Marlins Park taking donations for animals in need.

Before the Marlins face the Giants on Saturday, Buehrle's Buddies will be working in partnership with the Big Hearts for Big Dogs.

Fans interested in assisting the cause are encouraged to bring toys, pet food, flea preventatives, dog beds and collars/leashes.

"Whatever the shelter needs, whether it is food, toys, collars, it all helps," Buehrle said. "They'll be out there with a couple of rescue dogs, trying to get these dogs adopted. We will take on whatever people have; it could be money. If people think about it, go to the pet store beforehand, even if it's a gift card to help out with that shelter."

The goal of Buehrle's Buddies is to increase awareness for pet adoptions, as well as educate people about assisting dogs in need.

Each month during the 2012 season, Buehrle's Buddies will partner with a different Miami-area shelter/rescue. The featured organization will have the opportunity to share their mission at Marlins Park.

"You can imagine all shelters are going to need the same things," the veteran pitcher said. "Whether it's food, pills, money for dog beds. If people want to adopt a dog, there will be few dogs out there for adoption."