Edmonton Eskimos receiver paying adoption fees for a shelter dog

An Edmonton Eskimos receiver is paying the adoption fees for a lucky shelter dog from HART Edmonton this November.

In a cool story from Alberta, Canada, an Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver is paying the adoption fees for a lucky shelter dog adopted from HART Edmonton during the month of November.

Tevaun Smith is partnering with HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team) to cover the adoption fees for the winner of a lottery among November adoptions of shelter dogs, which is also

HART Edmonton is a shelter-less rescue organization that works alongside the Edmonton Humane Society to provide care for abandoned animals. While the EHS focuses mainly on pets that have been dumped, HART specializes in strays picked up in rural areas outside of city limits or on First Nations reservation land.

For more information, see the HART Edmonton website for more details.

The Edmonton Eskimos are competing in the Canadian Football League‘s East Division Final this weekend, one game away from the Grey Cup (the Super Bowl of Canadian football).

Despite playing in the West Division, they qualified for the playoffs as a crossover team (essentially a wild card) with their 8-10 regular season record being better than the Toronto Argonauts, the East’s third-place team (who had a 4-14 record this year).

The Esks defeated the Montreal Alouettes 37-29 in the first round, now facing the mighty 15-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, November 17, at Tim Hortons Field.

Smith, a rookie from Toronto who played in college at the University of Iowa from 2012-2015, has 55 receptions for 632 yards and six touchdowns, with three kickoff returns for 56 yards.

As a Hawkeye, he had 102 catches for 1500 yards and seven touchdowns, three rushing attempts for 43 yards, and he completed his only pass attempt for a 21-yard gain.

Smith also has had stints with three NFL teams in the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, though none of them quite stuck.

The winner of the Edmonton-Hamilton game could face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who have an amazing-sounding colossal burger on the menu and a dog lover on the squad in fullback John Rush, who is well-known on social media as an advocate for canines.

Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, with just under a million residents. The city is located about three hours north of Calgary, and four and a half hours southeast of Grande Prairie.

This is an admirable work that we fully support, both as dog lovers and fans of Canadian football (it’s safer, and the rules are slightly different, making for better strategy). Good luck to whoever the lucky pup is, and to the Esks this weekend.