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Yankees' HOPE Week continues at animal rescue

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees doubles in the

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees doubles in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (July 5, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Three Yankees were in a different kind of doghouse before their game against Kansas City.

Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley surprised volunteers Wednesday at New Beginning Animal Rescue in the Bronx as part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week Initiative.

HOPE Week was established in 2009 and spends five days spotlighting five different individuals, families or organizations each year.

Pedro Rosario founded new Beginning Animal Rescue in 2012 after 16 years working for New York City Animal Care and Control. In his time working for the city, Rosario so plenty of animals brought in, but never enough homes for them to fill. In 2012, Rosario felt he could do more good on his own and created the not-for-profit New Beginning.

The rescue cares for up to 80 dogs and 60 cats at any given time. The organization is run entirely on donations and adoption fees, barely enough to cover all of the group’s costs.

A group of volunteers, including local high school students, take care of the animals at a kennel in the Bronx and foster them in their own homes.

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