If anyone has the money to drop on purebred cats or pups, it’s a celebrity. And yet, some celebrities trade the prestige that comes from owning a big-dollar furry friend for the satisfaction of saving a life by adopting a shelter pet. Who are some stars who share their homes with pets from a shelter?
The former “Hannah Montana” star surprised ex-beau Liam Hemsworth for his 22nd birthday with a puppy named Ziggy … from a shelter. Cyrus tweeted to her fans, “If you live in LA & looking to rescue an adorable pup like Ziggy let me know! I have an amazing rescue! So many pups in need of a mommy!”
Miley has long been an animal lover, and has demonstrated her support for four-legged creatures by lending her name to the “Twitter for the Critters Celebrity Challenge” to help the Onyx & Breezy Foundation for animals. She currently has four dogs: three from a shelter, and one she found abandoned in a WalMart parking lot.
This “Twilight” star wants more animals to see the sunrise. Reed blogs that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was a child. And animals helped bring her together with fiance Ian Somerhalder — the two have four dogs, three cats, and two horses. Reed has hosted the Catdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where she found homes for litters of kittens on the red carpet.
“To this day I volunteer at shelters walking dogs,” she writes, and the star fosters pets as well. In fact, a pooch she fosters now makes his home with …
Reed was fostering a litter of puppies dumped at an LA shelter. Who should adopt one of the little boy pups but actress Drew Barrymore!
“That is just who Drew is – she has always been an amazing advocate for shelter dogs and I am just so proud that she chose to adopt a puppy from my store!” the shelter owner enthused.
Barrymore’s film, “Big Miracle,” confirms her love of animals. It’s the tale of three whales stranded off the Alaskan coast, and then – like puppy Biscuit — rescued.
Pup Paco is more than a pet to model and actress Olivia Wilde. She’s described the 15-year-old dog, from Much Love Animal Rescue, as her “boyfriend” and “the man in my life.”
Wilde now has actor Jason Sudeikis to fill the boyfriend role. Still, she remains inseparable from Paco, who had been found in the back of a U-Haul truck with five siblings, having eaten nothing for a week.
Paco lives a considerably happier life today. He was even an Old Navy “spokesdog” for a time!
The former “Friends” star has a furry friend: shelter pit bull/Boxer mix puppy Sophie, adopted from Best Friends Animal Society rescue. Aniston shared her difficulty over choosing a puppy with “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, bemoaning the fact that many of the pups not chosen faced an uncertain future. “I was almost walking out with three puppies,” she said. “I was crying, it was so hard.”
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
It’s not just Hollywood celebs who adopt rescues — even British royalty are in on the act! Camilla, wife of Prince Charles, has adopted Jack Russells Beth and Bluebell from London’s Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Beth even competed in a Scottish dog show recently, where she took away first prize in agility. Bluebell began life in particularly sad shape. She was dumped in a park and was cold, starving, and suffering from a skin condition that left her nearly bald before being brought to the rescue where her doggy dreams came true.
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