What’s New in the World of Celebrity Dog Rescue?

As we turn the calendar page to March, take a look back at a few of the famous faces who showed their love for dogs and cats in need during the month of love:

Fur Babies Adopted by Famous Pet Parents in February

Offering an assist to a dog in need of a forever home, a NHL team have made a dog dubbed Lord Banner of Smashville (Smash for short) their MVP– Most Valuable Pet! The three-month-old was in the care of Keely’s Friends Dog Rescue before becoming a “team player” with the Nashville Predators, who help other homeless animals through Weber’s Woof Pack (defenseman Yannick Weber’s club for fans of Fidos and felines), which donates membership fees to the Nashville Humane Society. If you want to check out the antics of the Predators’ pal with paws, follow him on Instagram @predspup!

Valentine’s Day was literally a celebration of puppy love at the home of actress Kaley Cuoco and her husband, Karl Cook! The star of The Big Bang Theory took to Instagram to show fans her latest fur baby, Blueberry. The star wrote: “The best Valentines Day presents, are the ones you rescue. Welcome home, Blueberry!”

A multi-platinum-selling recording artist with a heart of gold, country crooner Luke Bryan adopted Poochie, an 18-year-old dog who had been left at an animal control facility before he was pulled by Proverbs 12:10 animal rescue in Nashville. Although his time in a new home was short (Poochie crossed Rainbow Bridge less than two weeks after being welcomed into the Bryan’s hearts and home) his final days were filled with the joy that only the love of a forever family can bring.

Actress Teresa Palmer, the star of A Discovery of Witches, has recently taken on two real life roles — that of pet parent to two rescue kittens, and ambassador for the RSPCA South Australia!

As a Bollywood star Raveena Tandon has garnered Filmfare Awards and a National Film Award, and now the actress has also won the heart of a tiny four-legged fan. Tandon recently revealed on Instagram that she has adopted a tabby kitten who had been running along the busy Bandra Kurla Complex and darted under the star’s car in search of shelter.

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Her acting credits include performances in X-Men: Apocalypse, Deliver Us from Evil and Magic Mike, but when she’s not on a film or television set Olivia Munn is known for her role as an animal advocate. The actress and her real life co-stars, rescue dogs Frankie and Chance, recently stepped in front of the camera for The Shelter Pet Project‘s #AdoptPureLove PSA:

Known for tickling our collective funny bone, comic star Ricky Gervais also touches our hearts with his concern for all creatures great and small. An A-list animal advocate who has used his star wattage to shine a light on such subjects as animal abuse, the horrors of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival the need to end rabies in regions of the world where prevention is not readily available, Gervais recently brought joy and goodies for the adoptable felines at The Mayhew Animal Home.

February Birthdays of Famous Animal Advocates

Two Twilight alums who are eternally devoted to paws causes celebrated their birthdays in February. Actress Rachelle LeFevre, (born February 1) who portrayed villainous vampire Victoria in the cinematic telling of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, stepped into her real life role as a celebrity supporter of Best Friends Animal Society in 2015 when she, her husband and their two rescue dogs took part in the renowned non-profit organization’s “I Saved My Best Friend” photo campaign…

…and actress Ashley Greene (born February 21), whose character Alice Cullen could see images of the future, helped dogs and cats in dire need get on the path to a better tomorrow as she joined with the ASPCA to care for animals affected by Northern California’s devastating Camp fire:

On February 21, Kim Coates celebrated his birthday. The Sons of Anarchy star helped companion animals who need human fathers and mothers when he stepped in front of the camera for a PSA for Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Always ready to tackle the topic of pet homelessness, Logan Ryan of the Tennessee Titans (who celebrated his birthday on February 9th) and his wife are the co-founders of The Ryan Animal Foundation! Here’s the sport star’s recent #AdoptPureLove PSA for The Shelter Pet Project:

Fans of Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin) celebrated the star’s 65th birthday by donating to one of Head’s favorite paws causes,The Dogstar Foundation, which helps Sri Lanka’s canines in need. The actor is also an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home:

Born on Valentine’s Day in 1972, singer/songwriter Rob Thomas continues to show his love for our four-legged friends as the co-founder of Sidewalk Angels.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow (born February 11, 1962) won the admiration of animal lovers when she filmed a PSA for Animal Rescue Corps.

Known by her Fido-and feline-loving fans for helping homeless dogs and cats, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Denise Richards, who marked her birthday on February 17), is a long-time supporter of Best Friends Animal Society.

Illustrator/author Edward Gorey, whose animated characters have introduced PBS Mystery! series for years, was born on this day in 1925. A friend to all with fins, fur and feathers, the late cult figure’s estate continues to help animals in need through grants from The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

House of Cards star Kate Mara (who celebrated her birthday on February 27 ) is a long-time animal advocate who joined with the Humane Society in 2016 to help dogs who had been rescued from a house of horrors.

On February 20th fans of both baseball and our buddies who bark gave a cheer for birthday boy Justin Verlander! Along with his wife, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model Kate Upton, the Houston Astros pitcher helps to pitch the option of pet adoption each year as the co-host of the Grand Slam Pet Adoption Event.

Both a super model and a role model, fashion icon Christie Brinkley (who celebrated her 65th birthday in February) is a long-time supporter of Main Line Animal Rescue.

The end of the month marked the birthday of Bernadette Peters, an entertainment icon who gives homeless animals a new start in life as the co-founder of the annual star-studded pet adoption event Broadway Barks!

In Memoriam

While a “donkey” or an “elephant” is traditionally pronounced the victor when votes are counted in a political race, in Northern Minnesota’s Cormorant Township a real “party animal” served three one-year terms as honorary mayor. Crossing Rainbow Bridge six months after retiring from his duties, Duke the Great Pyrenees had served the community well during his time in office, helping to raise funds for the Humane Society. When spring returns to Cormorant Village the people plan to hold a memorial for the late mayor in the community’s town hall.

Photo Credit: Kaley Cuoco/Instagram; Ashley Greene/ Instagram; The Mayhew Animal Home/ Instagram

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