It turns out Big Cuz has a big place in his heart for man’s best friend — more specifically pit bulls. The Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins owns four of them, and now he’s doing his part to try and change the negative perceptions of the breed.
“I tell people to just give these dogs a chance,” Cousins told the Sacramento Bee recently. “Don’t just go off their reputation, because it’s not fair.”
That’s the type of celebrity endorsement that could make a big difference at the Front Street Animal Shelter, where 38% of the dogs are either pit bull or pit-mixes.
“You have to look at animals as individuals,” stressed shelter Manager Gina Knepp. “Not as a collective group that periodically makes headlines because something went terribly wrong. So I think his (Cousins) involvement in just speaking out is going to be huge for us.”
Cousins has also gotten behind the shelter’s latest effort. By purchasing tickets off their website (sacpetsearch.com) to Friday’s Kings/Lakers game, some of that money will be given to the shelter. Cousins, meanwhile, has offered a signed jersey that will be raffled off at the game if you buy your tickets through the shelter.
“This will give us an opportunity to showcase to all those folks at the game the Front Street shelter is here and maybe in the future, when they are up for adopting, they pick us,” Knepp said.