Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints love homeless pets


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Gumbo, Mark Ingram and a friend.
  • Gumbo, Mark Ingram and a friend.

As the New Orleans Saints organization squares its feet following one of the biggest blows to its entire world, some team members, in likely one of their first public appearances following Bountygate 2012, are publicly announcing... their love to animals.

And not just Gumbo, everyone's favorite juiced up St. Bernard. Defensive end Jeff Charleston, center Brian de la Puente, golden-footed kicker Thomas Morstead and center Matt Tennant are active volunteers with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) — last year, the players completed volunteer orientation and they spend downtime at the Algiers shelter. (Running back Mark Ingram also recently donated $5,000 to the organization's Pet Trust for animals in need.)

Charleston will emcee this weekend's Dog Day Afternoon at City Park, the LA/SPCA's 30th annual event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The event has live music from Amanda Shaw, a walkathon, food and dog contests.

For more information on pet adoptions, check out some resources in Gambit's fifth annual pet issue.


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