Instead, they’ll be on duty for an exhibition match aimed at promoting the adoption of homeless dogs. All six being deployed — named Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha — come from two Sao Paulo shelters and will be available for adoption.
“What do these dogs have in common?” Madalena Spinazzola, a spokeswoman for the pet food company that’s organizing the event, asked in a statement. “In addition to a history of abandonment and looking for adopters, they love to run after balls.”
The four ball-dogs that performed at last year’s Brazil Open all found homes, organizers said. One, Isabelle, was renamed by the couple that adopted her. She is now known as Serena.