FINAL
Sun. Dec 15
5 TEX
2 SAN
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Wed. Dec 18
2 SAN
4 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Dec 20
0 SAN
4 MIL
FINAL
Sat. Dec 21
2 SAN
3 IOW
FINAL
Fri. Dec 27
2 TEX
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Dec 28
2 SAN
5 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Jan 03
5 OKC
2 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 04
3 SAN
5 OKC
FINAL
Tue. Jan 07
1 ABB
5 SAN
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Sat. Jan 11
3 ABB
2 SAN
FINAL
Mon. Jan 13
2 UTI
3 SAN
FINAL
Thu. Jan 16
4 MIL
5 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 18
3 ROC
2 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Jan 24
5 IOW
4 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Jan 25
2 IOW
1 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Jan 26
5 GRA
6 SAN
FINAL
Wed. Jan 29
4 SAN
2 TEX
FINAL
Fri. Jan 31
4 TOR
3 SAN
FINAL
Wed. Feb 05
4 SAN
5 TOR
FINAL
Fri. Feb 07
4 SAN
1 LEM
FINAL
Sat. Feb 08
3 SAN
1 LEM
FINAL
Fri. Feb 14
2 SAN
1 GRA
FINAL
Sat. Feb 15
3 SAN
0 GRA
FINAL
Mon. Feb 17
4 SAN
1 HAM
FINAL
Fri. Feb 21
3 SAN
2 ROC
FINAL
Sat. Feb 22
1 SAN
2 TOR
FINAL
Sun. Feb 23
1 SAN
3 HAM
FINAL
Wed. Feb 26
3 SAN
0 UTI
FINAL
Sat. Mar 01
2 TEX
0 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 02
5 SAN
6 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Mar 07
5 CHA
4 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 09
4 CHA
3 SAN
FINAL
Tue. Mar 11
2 SAN
5 OKC
FINAL
Thu. Mar 13
1 GRA
2 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Mar 15
2 SAN
4 MIL
FINAL
Sun. Mar 16
1 SAN
2 IOW
FINAL
Fri. Mar 21
3 SAN
4 CHA
FINAL
Sun. Mar 23
4 SAN
2 CHA
FINAL
Tue. Mar 25
1 SAN
2 OKC
FINAL
Thu. Mar 27
4 TEX
5 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Mar 28
6 HAM
3 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Mar 30
4 HAM
3 SAN
FINAL
Tue. Apr 01
5 LEM
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 04
2 CHA
5 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Apr 05
0 LEM
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 11
0 SAN
5 TEX
FINAL
Sat. Apr 12
8 TEX
4 SAN
FINAL
Sun. Apr 13
0 TEX
1 SAN
FINAL
Thu. Apr 17
3 ABB
1 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Apr 18
3 ABB
0 SAN

Matsumoto's Rescues

Press Release

Forward Jon Matsumoto was on his way home from a Rampage game, the AT&T Center in his rearview mirror, when his wife spotted two stray dogs near a tattoo parlor on Houston Street.

One of them appeared pregnant. Jon stopped the car. Kristen Matsumoto, an animal lover, stepped out to check on the canine with a sagging belly. She noticed the dog was a male in distress. A mass the size of a cantaloupe hung from its stomach. A large scar covered the left side of its face. Teeth were missing.

The second dog, a female, had less severe trauma: an open flesh wound on the back left side, random cuts on her legs. Jon and Kristen took the strays home for the night, then drove them to the Animal Defense League the following day.

The dog with the stomach mass underwent surgery and survived. A hospital worker gave him the name, “Rampage.” Veterinarians treated the wounds of the second dog. The worker called her “Silver Star.”

“Both of them are doing great,” Jon says.

The rescues inspired the Rampage to start a collection drive to address the stray dog population near the AT&T Center. The team is encouraging fans at all seven Sunday home games to bring pet food, towels, blankets, paper towels, pet shampoo and plastic grocery bags for the Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter in San Antonio.

“We are not asking fans for money,” says Jon, who will donate $20 to the Animal Defense League for every goal he scores this season. “We are asking them to bring things that might be around the house. Like old blankets, dog treats and plastic bags.

The growing number of strays near the AT&T Center mirrors a citywide problem. The city and local animal shelters take in more than 50,000 stray cats and dogs a year, says Hugo Vital, communications director for the Animal Defense League. “In addition to that, solid waste management picks up over 30,000 dead cats and dogs a year,” Vital adds.

The series of Rampage collection drives -- “Matsumoto’s Rescues” -- will reinforce a message of responsible pet ownership.

“If we spay and neuter our pets, they will not be able to reproduce, which will drastically reduce the stray population,” Vital says. “We couldn’t be happier here at the Animal Defense League to partner with such a responsible and well-known organization as the Rampage.”

The Matsumotos own a rescue dog -- “Rooney” -- from Jon’s first stint with the Rampage. In January 2012, while the Rampage were playing .500 hockey, general manager Mike Santos acquired Jon from Charlotte in a three-player trade. Jon jump-started the team’s offense, scoring 10 goals and adding 16 assists in 35 regular season games.

He scored 13 points in the postseason, and helped the Rampage win their first playoff series in history. In the second overtime of Game 5 against Chicago, Jon assisted Roman Derlyuk for the game-winning goal.

During the season, the girlfriend of former Rampage defenseman Tyson Strachan rescued several stray puppies. Jon and Kristen took a mixed breed and named it Rooney. “We fell in love with him and never gave him up,” says Jon, who is also fostering a Chihuahua.

When Jon rejoined the Rampage in September, he and Kristen recognized the stray population around the AT&T Center had not improved. The Rampage already plays host to an annual event -- Pucks and Paws Night -- that benefits an animal welfare charity. So why not enhance that effort with a project that will benefit more strays?

At every Sunday Rampage game, the Animal Defense League will bring dogs ready for adoption to a “Matsumotos Rescues” table at the AT&T Center. Silver Star is ready for adoption but not Rampage.

Though he has recovered from surgery, Rampage faces a new challenge: heartworms. Jon says he should recover and the Matsumotos hope for a perfect ending to this story.

“Rampage and Silver Star have the same mother but are from different litters,” Jon says. “We don’t want them to be split. We are hoping someone will take both dogs.”

 



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