Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have a soft spot for dogs, after he offered to help a struggling dog shelter in Portugal.
The shelter in the Guarda district of Portugal needed cash to pay a vet bill of approximately $2100 in order to stay open and care for the 80 homeless dogs living there.
The Real Madrid player donated a signed jersey for the shelter to auction to help them raise some much needed cash, according to Correrio de Mahna.
Shelter owner Liliana Santos is delighted with Ronaldo’s generosity; telling the newspaper that she appreciates what Ronaldo has done to keep the shelter in business.
“I want to thank Ronaldo from the bottom of my heart,” said the 34-year-old. “It’s a simple gesture but very important.”
A volunteer at the kennel, 53-year-old Gloria Carvalho, is said to have links to Ronaldo’s extended family. Ronaldo is well-known for his philanthropic efforts, having donated millions to children’s charities around the globe.
At the tail end of last year, Ronaldo sent a video message via his Instagram account to the children of Syria affected by the county’s long-running civil war, telling them they are “true heroes”.
The former Manchester United forward also made a “generous donation” to Save the Children, the international non-governmental organisation, for whom he works as an ambassador.
— Magazine Serrano (@MagazineSerrano) February 8, 2017