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Kate Upton, puppies attend Nationals game for animal adoption event (pics)


Kate Upton and some very adorable puppies made an appearance on Wednesday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., to support a cause of great personal meaning importance: Animal adoption.

The supermodel’s showing was all part of the Grand Slam Adoption Event the Nationals were holding during a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. It’s probably no coincidence that Justin Verlander, her longtime boyfriend, happens to be a member of that very team.

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Upton, who grew up in nearby Melbourne, Fla., worked with Brevard County Sheriff Office’s Animal Services on the special event.

“I think it’s really important to bring awareness to adopt dogs instead of shop them,” Upton said, via Cut4. “There’s millions of dogs who die in shelters every year and people get new pets every year, so it’s time for them to go to the shelter.”

Upton puts her money where her mouth is as it relates to the cause, having previously adopted two dogs of her own. Verlander’s beloved dog, Riley, a Heinz 57 mix is also a rescued animal. Upton last July begged Verlander on social media for a new puppy as well, so it’s clear the sports/swimsuit model supercouple are serious animal lovers.

(top image credit: Washington Nationals/Twitter, other pics courtesy of Kate Upton/Twitter, Cut4)