Daily Sports Smile: Romanian soccer club helps stray dogs find homes

Catalin Itu, Alexandru Rauta, Deniz Giafer and Costin Amzar hold dogs in action during the Romania Liga 1 game between FCSB and Dinamo Bucharest, played on Arena Nationala, in Bucharest, on Sunday 12 September 2021.
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Romanian club FC Dinamo București brought some special friends to their match against FCSB last weekend.

During pregame ceremonies, Dinamo players held adorable dogs in their arms as they walked onto the pitch. Each pup in attendance was available for adoption and looking for a forever home.

Multiple reporters and fans shared the special moment on social media.

The Romanian football federation partnered with a local kennel to raise awareness and help shelter dogs find homes, according to news organizations in Romania. The initiative is the latest of many to help the country's well-documented struggle with its stray dog population.

Deian Sorescu holds a dog before enter the pitch in action during the Romania Liga 1 game between FCSB and Dinamo Bucharest, played on Arena Nationala, in Bucharest, on Sunday 12 September 2021.

"Throughout the year, football players from the Romanian Football Federation will take puppies from a municipal kennel to raise awareness for adoption before each match," read a Facebook post by the non-profit Save the Dogs and Other Animals, which has operated in Romania since 2002. "The agreement, signed between Ilfov County and the National Football Federation fits into a broader project aimed at promoting adoptions from kennels, still too few."

FC Dinamo București, whose crest features two red dogs, fell 6-0 to FCSB in their Romania Liga I matchup. The club returns to action Sept. 19 against FC Botosani in a home matchup they hope will snap a five-game losing streak.

But they're already winners in the hearts of many.