Brian Hoyer and his family visit MSPCA-Angell in Boston

As a player who built a long and successful career in the league as a backup quarterback, always returning to New England, Hoyer knows how important a second (and third) chance can be.

He has a soft spot for high-energy dogs, like boxers, which are often delivered to hospitals when their owners realize what it takes to breed and train these breeds. The pandemic has only made this problem worse for shelters, on top of the animal cruelty cases they already handle.

“They can’t help the situation they’re forced into,” Hoyer said. “For me, that and the kids, they’re so helpless unless someone intervenes. That’s why we adopted two boxers, actually. We had one for a long time. He died at 10 and it was our first big loss of a I didn’t think I could do it again, but I thought he would want us to give another dog a life.

The Hoyers adopted a boxer named Melvin last summer, but noticed a lump on his neck and brought him to Angell Animal Medical Center.

Melvin was one of 10,000 animals treated at the clinic last year, and that experience has helped Hoyer get a better idea of ​​everything they do.

“We were so grateful to have such a great place to bring him,” Hoyer said.

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