Before we say so long to the year that was, DogTipper takes a look back at a few of the famous faces who said “Hello” to a new four-legged family member from a rescue organization or animal shelter in 2016.
Country music star Dierks Bentley honored the life of his dog Jake (who passed away at the age of 15 in 2016) twice. Not only did he sing about his four-pawed pal in the acoustic ballad “Can’t Be Replaced,” he also paid tribute to their friendship by opening up his heart to another dog in need. The performer found his new barking buddy at Nashville Humane Association.
Daisy and Duke, two rescue dogs from Lhasa Happy Homes— a non-profit which has been saving the lives of Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Maltese and small mixed breed dogs since 2001– waltzed away with the heart of Dancing with the Stars hoofer Sharna Burgess. The professional dancer promoted the option of pet adoption when she shared the happy news with her fans via Instagram, stating: “I can’t say it enough, if you want a dog regardless of age or breed, please please adopt. There are countless beautiful souls just waiting to be loved, that deserve a chance at having a happy home. Puppy mills and breeders are such an unnecessary evil, everything you want is waiting for you in a shelter somewhere, waiting for you to save them.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been named Super Bowl MVP three times, found his own MVP (Very Important Pooch!) this year in a tiny tail-wagging chum named Fluffy. The sports star and his supermodel wife Giselle Bundchen adopted their fur baby from the L.A.-based rescue organization Wags and Walks.
As 2016 was an election year, there was a lot of talk about ‘elephants’ and ‘donkeys,’ but in the home of one former POTUS there was also talk about a different kind of party animal– a puppy! In November George W. Bush and Laura Bush confided to followers via Facebook that they had become the proud pet parents of Freddy Bush, a rescue pup from the SPCA of Texas. The 43rd President also took the opportunity to tell those who might be thinking of adding a four-legged member to their family: “If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.”
Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush offered a role of a lifetime to a pup from PAWS Chicago! The actress, who had been mourning the loss of her barking buddy Patches, had been acting as a foster to the pup she dubbed Frankie in homage to “Old Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra.
For Grease star Stockard Channing, “Adopt” is the word! Kony, a dog who was facing his fate in a North Carolina kill shelter received a new lease on life (and a new name, Benny) thanks to the Emmy Award winner and Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, who contacted the former star of The West Wing on the day her Pit Bull mix crossed Rainbow Bridge to inform the actress of the dog’s urgent need of a forever home.
Quantico cast member Priyanka Chopra, who will share the big screen with The Rock next year in the action comedy Baywatch, cast an adorable adoptable in the real life role of her fur baby after co-starring with her and other puppies from North Shore Animal League America in a Buzzfeed video:
Following the interview the star (who has dubbed the pup Diana) shared this snap, and asked her Instagram followers: “Should this one be mine? She kept snuggling into my arms.. Like she needed to be protected.”
Currently a judge on The Voice, Miley Cyrus‘ act of compassion spoke volumes when she adopted Barbie, who had once been one of approximately 70,000 dogs presently in US laboratories. The “Wrecking Ball” singer found her latest fur baby thank to the Beagle Freedom Project, which works with labs to find forever homes for healthy, adoptable beagles who have been used for research.
While posing for a 2017 pet calendar that will help dogs and cats who are counting the days until they find forever families to love, Calvin de Haan of the New York Islanders found a new four-legged member of his home team.
The NHL player’s pup was among the plethora of pooches from North Shore Animal League America who appear in the Islander’s 2017 Pucks and Paws calendar, which benefits the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
Gloria Estefan‘s fans were singing her praises earlier this year when the seven-time Grammy Award winner co-hosted the star-studded 18th annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event alongside entertainment legend Bernadette Peters. This year the performer who took hits like “Conga,” “Anything for You” and “Coming Out of the Dark” to the top of the charts also put a song in the hearts of animal lovers by choosing the option of adoption.
Knowing that one way to honor the life of a beloved furry family member is to welcome an animal in need into your heart and home, shortly after the passing of her English Bulldog the singer adopted sibling rescue puppies Matilda and Hamilton. The Chihuahua/Maltese mixes, who were from an unplanned litter, were united with their new music icon mother thanks to Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center.
Actor Billy Gardell, who made us laugh for six seasons on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, made his Fido-loving fans smile when he adopted a Cocker Spaniel mix puppy from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue in Studio City, California, which saves canines who are facing their fate in L.A. area kill shelters.
Neil Patrick Harris, who starred in the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, told fans via Instagram how he met his new canine companion. The actor and his husband David Burtka found their pup with help from North Shore Animal League America spokesperson Beth Stern, who told the compassionate couple about Gidget, a dog who had come to the world’s largest rescue and adoption center after being saved from life as a stray by Project Street Dogs Thailand.
Actress Olivia Hussey, who first captured the hearts of film fans in the late 1960s as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lover in Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, has won the love of animal advocates for her dedication to our pals with paws. This year the movie star welcomed a rescued Rover named Mojo from Dogs are People, Too into her family.
For actor T.R. Knight, a drive down an Arizona highway led to traveling down the road of life with a new canine companion.
While on a vacation trip to the Grand Canyon with his three fur babies the former Grey’s Anatomy star spotted a dog dodging traffic on the freeway. Picking up the pup, the actor not only found care for the neglected canine at Canyon Pet Hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona, he also decided to take his new tail-wagging chum (appropriately dubbed Traveler) home.
“American Woman” singer Lenny Kravitz found his new pal with paws while on a visit to the Bahamas. Dubbed JoJo Dancer by his famous father, the rescue pup now has a sibling in Kravitz’s other canine companion, Leroy Brown. Like other stray dogs in the Caribbean country, JoJo Dancer is a Bahamian Potcake– an official breed named in reference to the leftovers fed to street animals.
Country crooner Miranda Lambert not only found forever homes in 2016 for animals in need through her nonprofit MuttNation Foundation, she also welcomed into her home a pair of Great Pyrenees. Named in a nod to the silver anniversary of the silver screen classic Thelma and Louise, the dogs are now a part of a fur family which includes rescued Rovers Delta Dawn, Jessi, Waylon and Cher, who starred with their platinum record-selling pet parent in a video for the new fundraising MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert line of pet products.
George Lopez tickled the funny bones of film fans when he provided the voice of Papi in the Disney adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and the comic star put a smile on the faces of his Fido-loving fans by adopting a Chihuahua in need from the L.A.-based rescue organization Wags and Walks. The actor met the tiny tail-wagger dubbed Owen the Giant when he acted as host of The World Dog Awards.
Already one half of the Good Mythical MORE YouTube comedy duo Rhett and Link, this year Rhett McLaughlin also became one half of a pet/pet parent duo when he adopted Barbara, a Maltese mix from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue. Helping other adorable adoptables, TMZ reported that the entertainer and his family also made a donation to the Studio City, California rescue.
Olivia Munn, who will be seen on the big screen during the holidays in the comedy Office Christmas Party, will be celebrating the season with her two fur babies– Chance, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel adopted from Social Tees NYC in 2014, and Frankie, the rescue dog who stole her heart this year. Adopted from the L.A.-based rescue organization Love Leo Rescue, Frankie is following in his big fur brother’s footsteps by sharing snapshots on his very own Instagram account.
In October 2016 a Pit Bull mix called Wednesday Weld from the North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles was cast in the real life role of a four-legged friend to Star Trek‘s Chris Pine.
Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres not only offered an assist to animals in need during the PUCKer Up adoption event for the SPCA Serving Erie County in New York, he also added a furry member named Lotus to his home team.
While on The Dixie Chick’s DCX MMXVI concert tour band member Emily Robinson put a puppy on the road to a better future by adopting the dog from Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Route 66 Pet Rescue. Thanks to the platinum-selling trio a few of the non-profit’s adoptable dogs had the opportunity to look for someone special to love outside of the BOC Center prior to the concert.
Although she found herself lost in the Louisiana floods that took place this past summer, one pup found a forever pet parent in football player Joe Schobert following the devastation. The rookie outside linebacker for the Cleveland Browns made little Loui his MVP (Most Valuable Pup) when he paid a visit to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village, the Ohio non-profit that took the tiny tail-wagger in after she was saved from the natural disaster.
Chris Soules‘ search for a soulmate on season 19 of The Bachelor may have been fruitless, but the Iowa farmer was able to find true love at an animal shelter! In early December the reality personality announced to his Instagram followers: “Meet Moose. Picked up as a lost stray and hours from being put down. No longer lost or stray but the newest member of the Soules family. #adoptapet #moosesoules
Ronnie Stanley of the Baltimore Ravens, along with his girlfriend and fellow Ravens player Alexander Lewis, paid a visit to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in June with a request to see the shelter’s long-term residents who had been overlooked by potential pet parents time and again. Among the dogs who best fit that description was Winter (now Lola), a six-year-old Pit Bull who was overbred, then ultimately abandoned at a vacant property. Now a part of the Stanley family, Lola helped the offensive tackle tackle the topic of animal abuse by stepping in front of the camera for the Show Your Soft Side campaign.
Photo Credit: Show Your Soft Side/Leo Howard Lubow
The start of a new year turned out to be the start of a new life for one lucky dog, thanks to Lisa Vanderpump. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star visited the Sacramento SPCA (a 400-mile drive from her home) to adopt little Harrison, a four-year-old Pomeranian with alopecia–the same condition as Vanderpump’s high-profile pup, Giggy the Pom. The reality personality also helped efforts to change the reality for homeless dogs around the world by launching the Vanderpump Dogs Foundation.