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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A pair of St. Louis and Chicago-based animal shelters is having a friendly fundraising competition to show which city raises more money for shelter pets.

The second annual "Step Up to the Plate" fundraiser begins Opening Day at Busch Stadium this Monday and continues through the two Cardinals-Cubs' series in June and July, pitting the Animal Protective Association of Missouri and the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago.

Bragging rights are not the only thing at stake. The shelter that raises the most money will be able to give nine pets in the opposing shelter names of their own team's starting lineup. Since the Animal Protective Association of Missouri won the competition last year, a number of Chicagoans had to adopt dogs named Yadier Molina, David Freese and Carlos Beltran.

To help prevent local dogs and cats from being named "Marmol," "Samardzija" or "Castro," donate to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri online at www.apamo.org, by texting "APAMO" to 20222 or call 314-645-4610.