Our staff is full of animal lovers and we are excited to help spread the word about next week’s Grand Slam Adoption Event at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Supermodel and actress Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers Pitcher Justin Verlander are partnering with Wins for Warriors and the Detroit Tigers to host the 2nd Annual Grand Slam Adoption Event benefitting SPCA Florida and K9s for Warriors.

Grand Slam Adoption Event
Grand Slam Adoption Event

The event, taking place before the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees spring training game on March 31, will feature adoptable dogs from SPCA Florida and dog demonstrations as well as family-friendly activities, limited edition t-shirts, a virtual silent auction and appearances by Kate and Justin.

Yes, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander will be in attendance at the event and are excited to generate awareness and support for both causes. They’re extremely passionate about promoting adoption awareness (if you need proof, follow Kate on Instagram) and support for our military veterans.

Grand Slam Adoption Event
Grand Slam Adoption Event

The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on March 31, so if you are attending the Tigers vs. Yankees game, plan to get to Joker Marchant Stadium early. If don’t plan on attending the baseball game, you’re still invited to the adoption event! The dogs, demonstrations, appearances and family-friendly activities will held in nearby hanger.

SPCA Florida will have at least ten animals on-site and they will vary in age, breeds and mixes. Come meet your new best friend! Their adoption process is thorough to ensure the pet and new owner(s) are set up for the highest possible success rate for adoption.

Virtual Silent Auction

The largest component of this event is the silent auction at grandslamadoption.com. You can bid on unique items until April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Highly sought auction items will include autographs, memorabilia, experiences and more.

Grand Slam Adoption Event Virtual Silent Auction
Grand Slam Adoption Event Virtual Silent Auction

About the Benefiting Foundations

SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the Central Florida community. They provide care, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals each year. Open to the public, the McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually.

K9s for Warriors

Founded in 2011, K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Their goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Wins for Warriors

Founded in 2013 by Justin Verlander, Wins for Warriors helps advocate for and invest in resources that enable Veterans and their families to lead resilient lives.

You may also be in Detroit Tiger Spring Training or SPCA Florida's Walk for Animals.