WATCH Magazine: August 2022: Summer Of Love

Renner will report from the Rocket Mortgage Classic July 30 and 31 and the Wyndham Championship August 6 and 7.

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T WO YEARS AGO, WHEN THE WORLD SHUT DOWN due to the pandemic, Golf on CBS reporter Amanda Renner got busy, working to help some of the 3.3 million dogs that enter U.S. animal shelters each year. “I found a passion for volunteering when I was living in Jacksonville, Florida, and volunteering for K9s For Warriors,” says Renner. “Once I joined CBS, I started visiting shelters across the country and telling rescue stories on my social platforms. During the lockdown, I had more time to think about turning my efforts into something more official, and Puppies & Golf was born.” Here, she talks more about raising up the underdogs. In the Ruff When she isn’t reporting for Golf on CBS, Amanda Renner links rescue dogs with their forever homes.

Your organiza- tion supports organizations dedicated to con- necting rescues and humans—with an emphasis on military

vets. How great is that need? K9s For Warriors opened my eyes to this amazing full-circle moment that can be created when you connect the rescue world with our military veter- ans. Over 95% of the dogs at K9s For Warriors come from high-kill shelters. From there they are trained to become service animals for veterans battling PTSD post-9/11. The staff saves the dog, and the dog saves a veteran. The suicide rate for veterans is incredibly high—almost one every hour—and the moment I heard the stories of how these dogs help to transform the lives of our heroes, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. How many rescues have you placed in new homes? We feature a different no- kill shelter from around the country each month on our website and social channels. Every time we host a Puppies & Golf event, we see at least a hand- ful of dogs from different age ranges and breeds find forever homes, which is extremely gratifying.

different states for work with- out knowing a soul, and she was my constant companion. She helped ease my anxiety, gave me an excuse to explore, and helped to take my mind off of myself with her constant desire to play. Why did you choose the name Puppies & Golf? There is a real connection between those who love golf and those who love animals. I think the constant is the appre- ciation for being outdoors and spending time in nature with loved ones. Puppies & Golf represents this intersection between the love of the game and the love of giving back. Name a standout moment from Golf on CBS this year. Covering the 16th hole at the WM Phoenix Open with Colt Knost is at the top of my list, especially when Sam Ryder made the hole-in-one. I’ve never seen anything like that, with 20,000 fans going out of their minds. “Puppies & Golf represents this intersection between the love of the game and the love of giving back.”

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In what way has a dog changed your life?

After college I had a dog, and she was incredibly therapeu- tic for me. I moved to two

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