Eight celebrities who saved dogs – and the stories behind their pets
Those looking for a four-legged companion are urged not to purchase a dog from a breeder through charities.
“Adopt, don’t shop” is the phrase used by organizations that encourage those who want a dog to go to a rescue center, rather than buying from a store or breeder.
In 2019 alone, the RSPCA saved more than 10,000 dogs from vulnerable households, TeamDogs reports.
Some of the A-List names have set an example in accepting rescue dogs. Here are some of the puppies that have been adopted into a life of red carpet and luxury.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Beth and Bluebell
The rescue dogs were welcomed into the royal circle by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
She adopted her two Jack Russell Terriers from Battersea Dogs Home, when they were puppies in 2011, and recently became a Battersea Patron. Dogs don’t often accompany Camilla and Charles at events, but are known to steal the show when they do.
Chris Evans and Dodger
As if Chris wasn’t a hero enough in Captain America, he also saved Dodger while filming in 2017. The actor was filming at a shelter in Savannah, America, when he realized dogs weren’t actors and were in fact to be adopted. It was then that he fell in love with his mixed race rescue and he even got a tattoo.
Last week, he shared a video of when he first met Dodger, saying, “Visit a shelter and go with a best friend.”
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Ariana Grande and her pack
Pop singer Ariana Grande has a pack of 10 dogs, all rescued. She has Ophelia (Labradoodle), Fawkes (Shiba Inu), Cinnamon (American Pit-Bull Terrier) Coco, (Dachshund, German Shepherd), Latayette (Bloodhound), Sirius (Labradoodle), Strauss (Yorkshire Terrier), Pignoli (Chihuahua) , Toulouse (Beagle-Chihuahua), Myron (Pit-Bull mix).
She loves rescue so much that last year she founded a rescue shelter in Los Angeles called Orange Twins Rescue.
Selena Gomez and Daisy
Selena described herself as a family failure on Twitter last year as she introduced Daisy to her followers. She originally intended to welcome Daisy, but fell in love with the rescue and made her a permanent member of the family instead, she said: “I couldn’t help myself.”
Daisy joins Winnie, Selena’s other dog, and the two seem to be best friends.
Tom Hardy and Woody
Tom Hardy met Woody (short for Woodstock) while filming Lawless in Atlanta. It was pitch dark when Tom saw the 11 week old puppy running frantically towards the continuous traffic on the freeway. Fortunately, he managed to get the puppy’s attention and the two immediately bonded.
He spent many years accompanying Tom on film sets and red carpets, most notably briefly in Peaky Blinders. At the age of 6, Woody sadly passed away, but he truly lived the A-List life and Tom said, “Woody was the best traveling companion we could dream of having. Our souls have intertwined forever.
George and Amal Clooney and their tribe
George, 55, and Amal, 39, have three rescue dogs in their family, two cockers, Louie and Einstein, and a basset hound, Millie.
Their spaniels were rescued from Camp Cocker Spaniel and the couple have since donated thousands of dollars to the rescue center. George even went one step further and saved a terrier for his parents after losing their family dog.
Jennifer Aniston and Lord Chesterfield
Jennifer Aniston took advantage of the lockdown and brought a rescue puppy to her family. She announced the adoption of Lord Chesterfield from Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue stating: “He immediately stole my heart”.
He joins the Friends star’s two other dogs, Clyde and Sophie, at his LA home.