Winnipeg Blue Bomber Chris Cvetkovic is hosting Cvet’s Pets for Bachelorettes Wed., Aug. 28, where he will auction off his teammates to raise money for local rescues and MSAR Service Dogs.
"I have a bunch of teammates that have allowed themselves to be auctioned off," said Cvetkovic. "It’s a ‘ladies only’ event, so women just bid and the winner gets that Bomber for dinner."
Cvetkovic started Cvet’s Pets in March 2012 because he saw a need for a charity that raises money to help animals in Winnipeg.
"I’m an animal guy so I thought I’d start my own thing," said Cvetkovic. "It picked up quite a bit of steam over the course of the year and like I said, my teammates have all stepped on board and my friends across the CFL have all jumped on board."
At first, Cvet’s Pets helped out all the shelters in the city. While it’ll still do that, this year Cvetkovic decided to focus on helping out MSAR Service dogs.
"They are predominantly a Cree Nation group and they basically take dogs out of rescue and they train them," said Cvetkovic. "Mainly they’re training dogs, behavioural intervention dogs, for military veterans coming back with post-traumatic stress (disorder)."
Cvetkovic is even donating his own dog to the program. He adopted Lobo in January 2013 after a trip to Mexico with his team mates helping animals shelters in Amealco de Bonfil.
"I love him and he could stay with me, but he could go somewhere else and actually save someone’s life. So I’ve elected to give him up to a military veteran," said Cvetkovic.
Cvetkovic’s teammate Jovon Johnson, cornerback for the Bombers, has never been auctioned off before and thinks the event will be an interesting one.
"It’s definitely something different, definitely exciting, it should be fun," said Johnson. "I’ve never been a part of anything like it but I’m excited to see how it goes and be a part of it."
Chris Matthews, wide receiver for the Bombers, said he is inspired by Cvetkovic and his generosity.
"He’s a really great person. He loves helping out people and helping out animals," said Matthews.
Matthews will also be auctioned off at the event. He said there isn’t a pool for who will bring in the most money, but he thinks he’ll start one.
"It’s for a good cause and it’ll be interesting to see who will come out on top," said Matthews. "I feel like I’m going to be the highest."
"I’m very fortunate that my teammates help me out and donate their time to me," said Cvetkovic.
Cvet’s Pets for Bachelorettes is $20 per ticket at the door or in advance at Area Nightclub from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit cvetpets.com for more details.