After a successful first run at the 2016 Brazil Open, event organizers announced that for the second year, shelter dogs from the region will be used as the “ball boys” for the 2017 sporting event.
The tennis tournament, which runs until March 4 in São Paulo, features six “DogDolls,” homeless canines who will help out by retrieving balls on the courts for the players.
In an official press release, the Brazil Open explained that the dogs, in accordance with Second Chance Project and and Dog Without Owner, will all be up for adoption after the event.
The adult dogs—named Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Sheep—all have “enough energy and health” to participate.
Madalena Spinazzola, a spokeswoman for a pet food company that helped organize this project, said in the statement: “They are dogs that have had a difficult trajectory, yes. But what we want to point out is not the history suffered from the past, but to prove that, no matter what they went through, they can be great companions today and in the future.”
Check out footage from last year’s ball boy dogs (who were all adopted after the event) taking the court at the 2016 Brazil Open here.
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