The Internet has been abuzz this week over Tara, the cat who protected her owner, 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo, by chasing away a vicious stray dog Tuesday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Here’s the video, in case you’ve been living under a rock:

Tara quickly was¬†elevated to hero status after footage¬†of her rescue went viral, with the Triantafilo family even appearing on the “Today” show Thursday to share their story.

The local Minor League Baseball team, the Bakersfield Blaze (Cincinnati’s Class-A affiliate), took notice, as well, and invited the feline and its family to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before next Tuesday’s game.

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Don’t ask us how, exactly, a cat will be able to throw out a first pitch, but regardless, the event will be helping out a good cause. Fans who bring an animal toy or animal food to the ballpark will receive half-price tickets, with all donations going to local charities or shelters.

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@Independent