San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards Teams Up with The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life Program

Edwards speaks up about the importance of spaying and neutering pets

(Nov. 8, 2011)—Being the only child during his early years, Braylon Edwards spent a lot of time with his family dogs and from there, his first love of man’s best friend was born. Now, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver considers his pet Rottweiler Louis one of his best friends. So, when his veterinarian told him that neutering Louis might help prolong his companion’s life, Edwards didn’t hesitate to take that important step.

“I love my dog and I’ll do anything to extend our friendship,” Edwards says, petting Louis in a new HSUS video airing on YouTube and The Humane Society of the United States’ homepage.

The videos will be included in Pets for Life training toolkits and will be used in humane education presentations. The toolkits will be made available for animal service providers and animal welfare organizations interested in learning more about conducting effective community outreach.

The HSUS’ Pets for Life program operates in five major U.S. cities, focusing on the most underserved communities. Pets for Life offers free services like pet vaccination, spay/neuter, and training. The program is built on community outreach and education in animal welfare, helping to elevate the human/animal bond across socio-economic borders.

Amanda Arrington, associate director for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life programs, said Edwards’ love for animals makes him a perfect Pets for Life advocate.

“Braylon Edwards is an intense competitor on the field, but at home, he is a best friend to his dog, Louis, and we love the passion he brings to this cause. If he can help convince one person that spaying and neutering a pet is a healthy and happy choice for their animal, we will be making a difference together,” Arrington said.


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ABOUT THE HSUS: The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at

ABOUT BRAYLON EDWARDS: Braylon Edwards is an NFL wide receiver, philanthropist and business leader. He is a University of Michigan All-American and recipient of the prestigious, Fred Biletnikoff Award. Shortly after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Edwards founded his Foundation with the thought-process of “receiving means giving.” The Braylon Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of under-served youth in the concentrated areas of education and health. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to youth who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million to charitable giving.