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Brewers unofficial mascot Hank the Dog plays ‘Santa Hank’ at Humane Society (pics)


Hank the Dog, the beloved rescue dog who found his way into the hearts of baseball fans everywhere during 2014 spring training, helped brighten the day of some animals in need during a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Hank the Dog, believed to be part-Bichon Frise mixed-breed between two to three years of age, became a certifiable phenomenon when the Milwaukee Brewers adopted the canine after he showed up at the team’s spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz., ahead of the 2014 MLB season.

Hank was not merely a famous rescue dog on this day, though: He was “Santa Hank,” and with Brewers executives in tow, the lovable pooch delivered gifts to the cats and dogs at the Humane Society as well as showcase some Hank the Dog-related goods.

But Hank wasn’t simply schilling product to pad either his or the Brewers’ wallet. The Brewers in September donated $130,000 to the Wisconsin Humane Society, funds raised by the team through the sale of Hank the Dog merchandise at Miller Park.

“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger, per a Milwaukee Business Journal report. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”

Not surprisingly, Hank’s visit was adorableness overload.

[H/T Sporting News, top image courtesy of Milwaukee Brewers/Twitter]