Players of a Russian professional football club walked out with dogs in arms, hoping to boost adoption. Now, the adorable moment is melting hearts online.
In a video going viral across social media sites, players of the Football Club (FC) Zenit, also known as Zenit Saint Petersburg, walked into the Gazprom Arena with eleven pooches looking for a ‘forever home’.
The country celebrates pet day on November 30 and the club partnered with the Russian Kynological Foundation to launch their new community project, ‘Dogs are better at home!’
The men in blue were seen cradling canines of various breeds and showing them to the camera, urging the audience watching through their TVs and those at the stadium to adopt shelter animals.
As the video crossed over 2 million views in less than 24 hours on Twitter alone, the club thanked everyone for the love and added:
“Now let’s find homes for these good boys and girls.” They also drew attention to local shelters involved in the ‘pawsome’ project, from where the dogs were brought.
“The aim of the project is to highlight to the public the responsibility and care required when having a pet and to help raise funds for local dog shelters,” the club wrote on its website.
Just before the game against Rostov, which ended on a 2-2 draw, the Zenit XI was announced on the stadium’s video screen. However, this time, the players were shown alongside pictures and profiles of real dogs looking for a home.
Netizens couldn’t stop swooning at the cute animals and many thought the players, too, might adopt them, ‘clearly haven fallen in love’.