Before we say goodbye to 2015, here’s a look back at a few of the famous faces who said “Hello!” to a new furry family member from a shelter or rescue organization this past year:
Animal lovers were dancing on Cloud Nine when Dancing with the Stars hoofer Mark Ballas announced that he had become a father to his former foster dog, Hendrix. The lucky pup found his forever home thanks to Bark n’ Bitches, a humane pet retail shop which saves dogs from high-kill shelters in Southern California.
Actress Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time, Big Hero 6) and husband Bryan Greenberg (One Tree Hill) didn’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to adopt Ewok– they only had to make a trip to Saving SPOT! Dog Rescue. Ewok, his four siblings and his mother all received new leases on life thanks to the non-profit organization, which was founded by the L.A. pet boutique SPOT! in order to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs who are facing their fate in Los Angeles County’s high-kill animal shelters.
Known as one of Hollywood’s most dashing leading men, George Clooney also has a beautiful heart. The actor and his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney, searched on Petfinder.com for their new furry family member, Millie– a four-year-old basset hound from San Gabriel Humane Society.
Millie was adopted by George Clooney and his wife Amal!! Millie, a
bassett hound, now has a new brother named Louie who is also a rescue!
Congratulations and thank you for adopting!!
October 28, 2015
A tiny terrier made a big impression in the heart of The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, who adopted the formerly paralyzed pup from Paw Works Animal Rescue, a Southern California rescue which has played a vital role in making Ventura County no-kill. Helping the rescue that had cared for her new fur baby, Cuoco was a special guest at Paw Works holiday fundraiser.
Pop star Miley Cyrus turned to a pop culture icon to adopt her new fur baby, Milky. The singer found the Pit Bull pup at Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.
— Linda Blair (@RealLindaBlair) November 7, 2015
In the classic TV series CHiPS he saved the day time and again as California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, and in 2015 actor Erik Estrada was a real life hero not only for welcoming two rescue puppies into his heart and home, but also for helping other dogs who were still waiting to be cast in the role of a special someone’s four-pawed pal. The star, who adopted border terrier/schnauzer pups Nike and Shadow from The Wylder Foundation, also made a $1,000 donation to the organization that had cared for his new canine companions.
We got another to dogs from rescue pic.twitter.com/kBBMSV3ztT
— ERIK ESTRADA (@ErikEstrada) March 2, 2015
Congratulations to TV host Daisy Fuentes and singer Richard Marx, who became both newlyweds and new pet parents in 2015! Fuentes, who formerly fostered Bronx (a Pit Bull pulled from Orange County Animal Care by Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue) decided to make the Pittie a permanent family member.
Birthdays are traditionally a time to receive gifts, but The Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 90th year by giving the present of a better future to a rescue dog. Helping to promote the option of pet adoption, staff members of the Nashville landmark adopted Charlie from Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation. Taste of Country reports that the adorable lab/terrier has been dubbed the official Opry Dog.
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) December 16, 2015
Over the course of her career she’s won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and this past summer Whoopi Goldberg won the love of a dog with special needs. The co-host of The View met Bear– a blind and deaf puppy in the care of Pennsylvania-based Main Line Animal Rescue— during a segment of the ABC talk show which helped to shine a spotlight on pet adoption.
Not only did Ariana Grande help the public “Focus” on the option of pet adoption during her 2015 tour, during her short stay in Oklahoma’s second largest city the chart-topper put a song in the hearts of her fans not only by paying adoption fees for fans who wished to welcome a pup from ARF in Tulsa into their lives, but also by adopting a Tulsa tail-wagger of her own from the non-profit organization– a Yorkie named Strauss.
Tony Award winner Lena Hall won the admiration of dog devotees when she adopted a canine companion during Broadway Barks, an event co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore which celebrated its 17th year in 2015. The lucky dog’s sister also nabbed a starring role in the life of Broadway actor and choreographer Lawrence Leritz during the event.
Comedienne Chelsea Handler put a smile on the faces of her Fido-loving fans when she announced that she had adopted a 10-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog.
Joining rescue kitty Happy the Cat, former shelter dog Happy was adopted in early 2015 by Crown Media Family Networks as a canine goodwill ambassador for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Both Happys took part in a “Tip to Tail” press tour for the sake of companion animals in shelters and on the streets.
Photo Credit: Alexx Henry Studios, LLC/Jeremy Lee
A recording artist whose hit songs race to the top of Billboard’s country music chart, Hunter Hayes also holds a top spot in the hearts of his Fido-loving fans for adopting a retired racing Greyhound. The singer found Cole thanks to the Nashville chapter of Greyhound Pets of America, a non-profit organization that puts over 80,000 former racing dogs on the fast track to finding forever families each year.
Miley Cyrus helped her former flame Liam Hemsworth find puppy love in 2015. The Hunger Games star adopted a six-month-old pup from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue in Los Angeles.
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland welcomed Boo, a lab/shepherd mix puppy from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center, into her fur family. Boo now has a big brother in Barkley, Hyland’s five-year-old barking buddy.
Game of Thrones star Harry Lloyd accepted the real life role of a doting Dad to rescue dog Zoey when he was on location in New Mexico filming the WGN America series Manhattan. The Chihuahua puppy was recovering from knee surgery when she met her new pet parent at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.
2015 was a great year for Prado, a pup who was adopted from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC by actor Danny Pino (Cold Case, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). Pawing it forward, the photogenic Fido and his famous human father posed for The Tails of NYC RescueMen calendar to help make 2016 a good year for homeless dogs and cats in The Big Apple. Proceeds from the calendar benefit Pillows for Paws, an all-volunteer non-profit which makes beds and toys for adoptables in New York City shelters, and helps to purchase grooming and medical supplies for shelter animals in need.
Photo Credit: Catherine White
Girls star Allison Williams celebrated National Puppy Day by introducing her fans to her new puppy love, Moxie. The young Labrador was among the approximately 20,000 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens who found forever families to love in 2015 thanks to North Shore Animal League America.
Photo Credit: Mark Ballas/Instagram; San Gabriel Humane Society/Facebook; Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation/Twitter; Erik Estrada/Twitter Ariana Grande/Instagram; Sarah Hyland/Instagram; Grand Ole Opry/Twitter