Phillies show they're 'phanatic' for puppies at PSPCA fundraiser

"I'm hoping to get dogs adopted," said Rhys Hoskins

Andrew Kramer
August 30, 2018 - 9:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dog lovers packed Morgan's Pier Thursday night for a fundraising event that was a big hit with baseball fans, too. 

Dogs, booze and baseball joined forces at this benefit hosted by Julie Klim and the Pennsylvania SPCA.

"Puppapalooza is really wonderful fundraising event that supports our lifesaving mission at the Pennsylvania SPCA," she said. "We have a longstanding partnership with the Phillies and we have a lot of Phillies players here tonight."

Klim noted the players often come to the shelter, and several of them foster dogs.

"They're in it for real, and we really are grateful," she added.

The players on hand, like outfileder Rhys Hoskins, even hopped behind the bar to make some drinks on their night off.

"I think I'm going to have a big appreciation for bartenders after tonight," he joked.

But one thing Hoskins has always appreciated: animals.

"Dogs, specifically," he said. "We're blessed with a pretty big platform. Quite honestly, it would be silly for us to not take advantage of that and do all we can in the community that gives so much to us as athletes. I'm hoping to get dogs adopted, but I think, too, just get more information about what we can do to try to help prevent animals from ending up on the street."

Hoskins brought along his dog, Rookie to the event, who schmoozed with about a dozen adoptable pups and, of course, the Phillie Phanatic.