Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and his wife, Ashley Bragg are our new heroes! And the heroes for many lucky dogs.
The couple recently had a destination wedding on the Carribean island of St. Lucia and while taking photos in the town Soufrière after the ceremony, the couple stumbled upon one of the area’s many homeless dogs. The dog must have known that Logan and Ashley were friends to animals because he followed them around for 20 minutes and even ended up in a few photos!
The kind couple were sad to be away from their own pups, Nala and Leonardo and decided to do something to help the homeless animal situation in St. Lucia. Logan and Ashley not only donated to Helpaws, a local foster-based animal rescue group that helps stray animals, but the couple also encouraged all of their friends and family to do the same instead of wedding gifts!
It’s heartwarming that Logan and Ashley opted out of material gifts and instead they turned their wedding into a life-saving moment for many needy dogs.
Logan notes on his Instagram that he got word that based on their picture, Helpaws found this particular dog, named her Logan and the donation for her spay surgery was paid for! How amazing is that?
The couple is known for their charitable work for animals, having started Ryan’s Monthly Rescue, a social media campaign to bring attention to shelter dogs across the country, specifically Pit Bulls.
Ryan’s Monthly Rescue highlights dogs that need help finding their forever families, while also combating the negative stereotypes that surround Pit Bulls.
We love seeing celebrities use their platform to speak up for animals in need!
With six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters every year, around one in four animals brought into shelters are Pit Bulls or pit-associated breeds and mixes, animals need as many voices as possible speaking up for them. While only around half of those six to eight million animals brought to shelters ever get adopted – Pit Bulls have an even tougher time. Because these animals are wrongly considered “aggressive” or “violent,” Pit Bulls and pit-mixes have a euthanasia rate of about 93 percent. Knowing this, any efforts to dispel myths about these dogs are not only greatly needed but also life-saving!
Rescue organizations rely heavily on volunteers to assist with animal care and day-to-day operations. There’s never a shortage of things to do and opportunities are available for people of every skill set. You can help take dogs for walks, give them food and water, and make sure their area is clean. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. For other ways to get involved helping animals, click here.
And please, always adopt and never shop!
All image source: Logan Ryan/Instagram