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HOPE Week

Pedro Rosario operates a not-for-profit dog shelter in the East Bronx called New Beginning Animal Rescue. Rosario has always taken care of animals, but in 2012 decided he could do more good and created NBAR. At any one time, NBAR houses up to 80 dogs and 60 cats. His shelter operates on an extremely tiny budget and relies on volunteers and donations to stay alive. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Pedro received some special volunteer help when Yankees Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, and Shawn Kelley surprised Rosario at his shelter to help bring food and bathe some of the dogs.

After their time at the shelter, the Yankees invited Pedro and his family to Yankee Stadium to take in batting practice and meet some more Yankee Players. Pedro tossed out the first pitch, and the Yankees set up an adoption center for his animals inside of Yankee Stadium during the Bombers matchup with the Royals. 

"This has been a great experience. I never expected this much from anyone," Pedro said. "I was in shock (when the players arrived). I couldn't even talk for a second. "

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-Matt Latimer

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