As we get ready to watch the Grammy Awards, here’s a look back at just a few of the many performers who have won not only the coveted accolade, but also a place in our hearts for turning up the volume on various paws causes.
Knowing that there’s no place like home, Miranda Lambert helped dogs in need of forever homes in her hometown of Lindale, Texas by opening the MuttNation Station adoption center in late 2017. The launch was just the latest in the singer’s long string of kindnesses toward canines. The country crooner co-founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009, and during its almost decade of dogged devotion to pets in need has established the Mutts Across America program to support shelters from coast to coast; held adoption drives; gathered supplies and funds for area shelters at the star’s concerts with the “Fill the little Red Wagon” donation drive; raised funds with the annual Cause for the Paws concert event , and offered a helping hand during times of crises, such as transporting dogs during hurricane Harvey.
The grand opening of MuttNation Station adoption center in Lindale, Texas:
The recipient of the Record Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 13-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris is a life-long animal advocate who founded Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue (named in honor of her late dog) in 2004.
Gloria Estefan, who rose to the top of the charts with songs like “Anything For You”, will do anything to help our four-legged friends in need. Not only did she help homeless dogs take center stage as co-host of the 2016 edition of the annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event, the multi-rescue dog pet parent also helps no-kill animal shelters from coast to coast through The Gloria Estefan Foundation, which also helped to fund the creation of the dog park in Vero Beach, and offers financial aid for the police dogs who help to guard the safety of Miami Beach.
A dog devotee whose canine companion Ron the Bull Terrier graced the covers of his first two albums (Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet), Rick Springfield has helped out many animal welfare organizations over the course of his career, including the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation. Showing support for their favorite star, Rick’s fans also raise funds for causes that are close to the singer’s heart. The 2017 Rick Springfield birthday campaign raised $17,068.68 for Linda Blair’s WorldHeart Foundation.
Over the years Sheryl Crow has performed duets with the likes of Kid Rock, Sting and Stevie Nicks, and when she’s not in the recording studio the multiple Grammy Award winner has put a song in the hearts of her animal-loving fans by partnering with such animal welfare organizations as The Humane Society of the United States for a PSA to prevent animal cruelty, and Animal Rescue Corps to help put a stop to puppy mills.
“I Will Survive”…the words to a disco era anthem are also words of hope for homeless cats and dogs thanks to the entertainer who sang the Grammy-winning hit, Gloria Gaynor. In 2017 the music legend launched a charity site which aids various causes. Animal lovers who wear their heart on their sleeves can also wear their love for our four-legged friends with an adoption-themed T-shirt, with 10 percent of the order donated to one of I Will Survive’s charity partners, Best Friends Animal Society or Danny and Ron’s Rescue.
A 1991 Grammy Award winner for Best Music Video, Paula Abdul has also earned an honor from The American Humane Association for her dedication to the Pets and Women’s Shelter (PAWS) Program, and has won the hearts of animal lovers for showing her support for guide dogs, and for promoting the option of pet adoption through a PSA for Last Chance for Animals.
A singer who lent her voice to the Stop Animal Cruelty initiative, which urged for harsher penalties for abusers of dogs, cats and horses in the state of North Dakota, Lynn Anderson— who climbed to the top of the country charts with her them (“I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden”– frequently fostered dogs in need. In lieu of flowers, when the performer passed away in 2015 those who wished to pay their respects were requested to make a donation to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Nashville or Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, New Mexico.
A two-time Grammy Award winner, Stephen Colbert combines comedy with compassion by showcasing adorable adoptables in “Rescue Dog Rescue” skits on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
As the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath embarked on the farewell tour “The End” in 2016, the group’s bassist Terrence “Geezer” Butler joined the effort to put an end to the cruel practice of declawing in the state of New York. Promoting the NYS Declaw Ban, the musician stated: “My wife and I have many rescued cats and we have never dreamed of putting them through an elective, convenience surgery such as declawing. Can you imagine having your fingers chopped off at the last bone? That is what the equivalent is for cats who are declawed.”
The Pied Piper of Prog Rock, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is helping The Paw Project’s efforts to lead the public on the path to compassion towards cats by bringing the cruel practice of declawing to an end. “If you can afford a cat, you can afford a scratching post. Strays and other humane scratching deterrents are also available,” the singer stated. “Declawing? Don’t even think about it– don’t you dare.”
A famous friend to all with fur, fins and feathers, Queen guitarist Brian May is a Vice-President of the RSPCA and founder of the Save Me Trust (which strives to protect wildlife), and has shown his support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Using his voice to get the public fired up about animal welfare, “Light My Fire” singer Jose Feliciano not only performed at a fundraising gala for Last Chance for Animals, he also filmed an “Adopt, Don’t Shop” PSA for the non-profit alongside his rescue dog, Stella.
A vegan with a vision of a better tomorrow for all animals, Colbie Caillat is a long-time supporter of Farm Sanctuary, the ASPCA (with whom she partnered for the organization’s Come to the Rescue movement to aid abused animals) and the Humane Society of the United States (with whom she helped to shine a spotlight on Puppy Mill Action Week.)
The recipient of the Best Spoken Word Album in 2015, the late Joan Rivers spoke out about pet adoption and the need to spay/neuter pets when she filmed PSAs for The Lucy Pet Foundation, which is striving to put a mobile spay/neuter and adoption clinic in very major US city.
A gold record-selling performer with a heart of gold, donations to the ASPCA were requested in lieu of flowers when Leon Russell passed away in 2016.
Over the years many Grammy Award winners have raised the roof for those who woof by taking the stage for a fundraising concert, including Barry Manilow. Not only does he write the songs that make the whole world sing, he also puts a song in the hearts of Fido- and feline-loving Fanilows by choosing several animal welfare organizations to be among the charities to benefit from his periodic “A Gift of Love” holiday concerts.
Indie band OK Go captured the choreographic moves of canines in the music video for “White Knuckles.” Many of the talented tail-waggers were rescue dogs, and in honor of the rock star Rovers the band donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the music video on their official website to the ASPCA.
Patti Page, who crooned the toe-tapping tune “(How Much is That} Doggie in the Window?” in the 1950s recorded the reworded version of her hit– “Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter?”— in 2011 to amp up attention to the plight of puppy mill dogs.
Banding together with World Animal Protection, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones helped to shine a spotlight on a campaign to end rabies in all corners of the globe.
Carrie Underwood, who rose to the top of the country music charts with the single “Temporary home,” has helped dogs in her home town who need a forever home by funding a new animal shelter through her C.A.T.S. Foundation.
The recipient of Grammy Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for Best Hawaiian Album, actress Tia Carrere of Wayne’s World fame helped our feline friends by purr-forming at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats’ Cabaret fundraising event.