34 celebrities who have adopted rescue animals

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Whoopi Goldberg with her kitten.Lou Rocco/Getty Images
  • While some celebrities buy expensive pets, others have decided to adopt their furry friends.

  • Queen Consort Camilla and Sandra Bullock are just a few celebrities who have rescued animals.

  • John Travolta adopted the rescue dog that Jamie Lee Curtis held during the 2022 Oscars.

Max Kalnitz and Victoria Montalti contributed to previous versions of this article.

Sandra Bullock was snapped in 2020 cuddling her rescue poodle on the set of a Netflix movie.

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Sandra Bullock.AP

In 2019, the "Miss Congeniality" star adopted a 2-year-old rescue poodle and was spotted cuddling her new furry friend on set in 2020. She adopted the new pup almost exactly one year after her first two rescue dogs, Poppy and Ruby, died in 2018.

Ruby was Bullock's first adopted dog — and she was more than a little unique, as she had only had her two back legs. "Ruby is missing her front two legs, but she walks upright like we do, and that's exactly how she goes to the bathroom as well. It's like watching a drunk sailor," Bullock told People in 2015.

During the first wave of the pandemic, Selena Gomez adopted an adorable rescue puppy named Daisy.

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Selena Gomez and Daisy in 2021.Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images

In a video Gomez posted on social media in 2020, she introduced her "new family member" Daisy to the world, explaining that Daisy and her dog Winnie were getting along fine.

While she only has two dogs now, Gomez at one point had a home filled with rescue dogs. In 2010, she was the fur mom to five adopted dogs.

Gomez told People in 2010 that she adopted so many dogs because "there are a lot of dogs that need homes," and it made sense to get a shelter dog because of that.

In 2022, Country Life featured Queen Consort Camilla's royal rescue dogs Beth and Bluebell on the cover of their July issue wearing Camilla's pearls.

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Queen Consort Camilla and her dog Bluebell.Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The former Duchess of Cornwall adopted her dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London back in 2017.

During a past interview with BBC, she said that when Battersea found Bluebell she was "wandering about in woods, no hair on her, covered in sores, virtually dead." She added that "she's very sweet, but a tiny bit neurotic."

After Jamie Lee Curtis introduced a puppy in need of adoption at the 2022 Oscars, John Travolta stepped in.

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John Travolta adopted the dog that Jamie Lee Curtis showed off during the 2022 Oscars.Michael Tran/Getty Images; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

At the 2020 Oscars, Jamie Lee Curtis held and introduced a puppy while she honored Betty White during the in memoriam segment. At the end of her speech, she said, "The greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac N Cheese from Paw Works."

The next day, John Travolta and his son Ben adopted Mac N Cheese.

Co-founder of Paw Works – an animal rescue organization in Thousand Oaks, California – Chad Atkis, told People that the dog and her siblings were dumped at Avenal Shelter in California. Mac N Cheese was the only one not to be fostered or adopted.

Atkins said Curtis insisted on including a rescue dog for the Oscars segment and personally picked out Mac N Cheese. Atkins also recalls the bond Travolta immediately had with the dog, holding her for 30 minutes during the show, as he told People.

Travolta posted a photo on Instagram the next day, smiling with his son Ben and the newly adopted Mac N Cheese.

In 2011, Whoopi Goldberg adopted a rescue kitten that made a guest appearance on "The View."

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Whoopi Goldberg with Verrazano the kitten in 2011.Lou Rocco/Getty Images

For Whoopi Goldberg and Verrazano the kitten, it was love at first sight. After he made his national TV debut on "The View," Goldberg just couldn't help but give the kitty a better life.

In a Facebook post, Goldberg wrote, "For all of you who remember me on 'The View' meeting Verrazano, the kitten who was thrown out the window of a moving car on the Verrazano Bridge. I adopted him and I was finally able to take him home. His nickname is 'Vinny.'"

Ariana Grande has adopted 10 — that's right, 10 — rescue dogs.

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Ariana Grande.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Grande, a vegan, is vocal about her love of animals and has participated in multiple philanthropic initiatives, including partnering with BarkBox to bring adoptable dogs to shows on her Honeymoon Tour and paying the adoption fees, according to Billboard. As well as her dogs, she has adopted one emotional support pig, Piggy Smalls.

In 2015 she told Billboard, "I got involved with dog rescues by simply loving animals. Dogs are the most harmless, sweetest babes in the world. They show nothing but unconditional love, so they deserve that in return ... The thought of a sweet, loving angel going without a home or being killed simply because there's no one who will come and claim him is heartbreaking. I want to help spread the word as much as I can."

Grande opened up her own animal shelter, Orange Twins Rescue, in Los Angeles, in October 2020.

Actor Liev Schreiber has a long history of adopting rescue dogs.

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Liev Schreiber walking his dog Woody in 2019.Robert Kamau/Getty Images

In July 2021, Liev Schreiber announced the adoption of his most recent rescue dog, Scout, through Tobie's Small Dog Rescue in Los Angeles. He adopted Scout following the death of his other rescue dog, Woody.

Schreiber adopted Woody and a second rescue dog after meeting the two pups backstage before a 2017 appearance on "Live with Kelly and Ryan." According to People, Schreiber told the hosts, "My sons want a dog and I found the perfect dog, but one of your producers already wants my dog," to which Seacrest responded, "I think this is going to work out for you."

Schreiber FaceTimed his sons and decided on two 3-month-old pups. They were part of a larger group of dogs, all of which were uprooted by Hurricane Harvey and were on the show to raise awareness for animals in need following the storm.

Chris Evans celebrated National Rescue Dog Day last year by sharing a video of the first time he met his pup, Dodger.

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Chris Evans in 2019.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

While filming the movie "Gifted" in 2017, Chris Evans had to film a scene in a dog pound. It led to him adopting his rescue dog, Dodger.

He told People, "I foolishly walked in and I thought, 'Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?' And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn't belong there. I snagged him and he's such a good dog. They aged him at about one, he acts like a puppy, he's got the energy of a puppy, he's just such a sweetheart, he's such a good boy. He loves dogs, he loves kids, he's full of love."

In 2021, he shared a video of their first meeting on Instagram, writing: "There are so many loving animals at shelters who are in desperate need of a home. Visit a shelter and leave with a best friend."

Unable to part ways with his fostered rescue puppy, Zac Efron made things official and adopted his dog, MACA.

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Zac Efron.Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Zac Efron adopted his rescue dog, MACA, in 2018 through a Los Angeles-based humane pet shop. The shop wrote on Instagram that MACA would have been euthanized had Efron not stepped in to foster her. Unable to give her back, Efron adopted MACA and now the two look like BFFs.

Jennifer Aniston adopted a new rescue pup during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jennifer Aniston in 2021.Rich Fury/Getty Images

Aniston announced the adoption of her insanely cute rescue pup, Lord Chesterfield, on Instagram in October 2020, writing, "Hi! I'd like to introduce to you the newest member of our family….this is (a very tired) Lord Chesterfield. He stole my heart immediately. A HUGE thank you to @wagmorpets for the incredible work you do. Grateful you take such great care of these rescues and find them their forever homes."

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas also adopted a dog during the pandemic.

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020.David Crotty/Getty Images

Priyanka announced her and Nick's latest canine child to the world in an August 2020 Instagram post reading, "Our new family portrait! Welcome to the family, Panda! We adopted this little rescue (soon he won't be so little) just a few weeks ago. We can't be sure but he seems to be a Husky Australian Shepard mix.... and those eyes... and the ears!!!"

Panda the puppy joins his siblings Diana and Gino.

Ed Sheeran rescued a 1-month-old kitten from being put down.

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Ed Sheeran.Pacific Press/Getty Images

In 2014, Ed Sheeran introduced the world to his adorable kitten, Graham, on Twitter, writing "So basically this one-month-old kitten was gonna get put down so I adopted him and called him Graham. Just bought Graham a bed and snacks," according to the Mirror.

Graham had a brief stint as a social media star after Sheeran made his fur baby a Twitter account — despite no new Tweets since 2014, it still has over 49,000 followers.

In March 2021, Kristen Bell's family adopted a dog who lost a leg after being hit by a truck.

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Kristen Bell.Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Bell introduced her Instagram followers to her family's new dog, Whiskey, in March 2021.

"Before he was rescued he got in a fight with a truck and lost (a leg) but who needs four legs anyway?" she wrote.

She added, "No more truck stops for you, buddy. Welcome home."

Miley Cyrus has rescued over a dozen animals.

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Miley Cyrus.Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Miley Cyrus has owned numerous dogs and cats (and even a pig) throughout the years, many of which have been adopted rescues, but she had a special connection with her rescue dog Mary Jane, who died from cancer in 2021.

She shared the news in an Instagram post along with a song, "MARYJANE5EVER," paying tribute to her late pet. The singer said she wrote the songs "years ago" on the piano in her Malibu home.

"She will never be forgotten and will forever be missed. To know her is to love her. It has been my honor being her mom and best friend," Cyrus wrote.

Cyrus adopted another rescue dog, Bo, with Cody Simpson in 2020. The pair have since separated, and it's unknown who Bo lives with.

Dan Levy has pleaded for people to first think about if they're able to take care of a pet and then consider adopting.

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Dan Levy.Paul Morigi/Getty Images

"Schitt's Creek" star Dan Levy adopted his dog, Redmond, who was abused and abandoned, at a Los Angeles adoption fair.

In an Instagram post, Levy wrote, "If you are looking for a pet, first make sure you've thought it through and that you have the means to care for them properly, THEN please please please consider adopting. There are so many animals just waiting for a better life."

Levy added the hashtag #cleartheshelters.

The actor shared that this past January, Redmond passed away. He posted the same sweet pic of him and Redmond on Instagram, and wrote, "Heartbroken but grateful for every minute of the last ten years that I got to spend with him."

Oprah Winfrey has had over 20 dogs throughout her life.

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Oprah Winfrey.Chris Haston/Getty Images

According to Oprah Magazine, more recently, she adopted her cocker spaniel Sadie in 2009 from PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter in Chicago. A year later she returned to the shelter to adopt Lauren and Sunny, both springer spaniels.

In 2014, after the death of her beloved dog Sophie, Winfrey said, "Over the years I have felt the truest, purest love—the love of God, really, I imagine that's what God's love feels like—is the love that comes from your dog."

Amanda Seyfried has advocated for adopting rescue animals and has a rescue donkey on her family farm.

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Amanda Seyfried in 2022.Gotham/Getty Images

Amanda Seyfried adopted her dog, Finn, when she met him on the set of the TV series "Big Love." Up for adoption, Finn was only intended to be fostered by Seyfried, but she quickly knew she needed him in her life. Ever since, Seyfried has partnered with and supported Best Friends Animal Society, a pet adoption non-profit, as per People. She's helped spread awareness about the number of animals in shelters waiting to be rescued.

"We don't need commercial breeding — we just don't," Seyfried told People.

"People think that behaviorally, it won't be easy to train them, or that they're emotionally unstable, but that can be true for any animal," she added, and pointed out that the less desirable older dogs usually don't need training.

In a 2019 interview with the Express, Seyfried said she had been living on a farm in Upstate New York with her family and Finn. Seyfried shared that they have chickens, goats, horses, cats, bunnies, a tortoise, and an adopted donkey.

"He's a rescue, who was abused and had bad legs but he's had a year of feeling safe now, so he's fine," she said of the donkey.

Jon and Tracey Stewart have found homes for numerous rescue animals on their farm in New Jersey.

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Tracey Stewart.Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images

Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, operate the 45-acre Hockhockson Farm Foundation, where they re-home rescued farm animals with the hopes of preventing animal abuse, among other initiatives.

The duo has taken in numerous farm animals, most notably a pair of goats spotted on the N Line subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York, in 2018, and Lily, a horse who was abandoned in its auction stable in 2016. (She has since passed.)

 

David Arquette's dog, Dallas, would have been euthanized had the actor not rescued him.

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David Arquette in 2020.Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images

Actor David Arquette rescued Dallas in 2015 through the Last Day Dog Rescue in Michigan, according to WOUB. The outlet reports that Dallas, a basset hound, would have been put down had the actor not rescued him. Dallas was found as a stray living on an elderly couple's porch before being taken in by a local shelter and then adopted by Arquette.

Tom Hardy was deeply impacted by his rescue dog, Woody, whom he called "a shining example of man's best friend."

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Tom Hardy with Emily Browning and his dog Woody at the UK premiere of "Legend" in 2015.Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Tom Hardy's dog, Woodstock ("Woody"), shared the limelight with his dad on more than one occasion. In 2015 the rescue pup starred with Hardy, an avid dog lover, in an adoption campaign for Peta and appeared on the red carpet for the UK premiere of the film "Legend."

After Woody passed away in 2017, Hardy wrote a heartbreaking tribute to him. "He was special bro, a shining example of man's best friend," he wrote.

Florence + the Machine singer Florence Welch rescued a cat to keep her company while recording her third album.

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Florence Welch in 2019.Brad Barket/Getty Images

The singer and songwriter adopted her feline friend from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home animal shelter in London to keep her company while working on new music for Florence + the Machine, according to the Evening Standard.

She told the publication, "I decided to re-home a rescue cat because I'm at home quite a lot working on my third album and it will be lovely to have a cat around the house again ... I chose Missus because she was extremely friendly and, straight away, came to sit on my lap where she seemed to make herself very comfortable."

Missus has her own hilarious Twitter account where she posts hot takes about her mom and observations of the world from her perspective.

"Nashville" star Clare Bowen fell in love with her rescue cat Lumière while volunteering at an adoption fair.

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Clare Bowen.Jason Kempin/Getty Images

While volunteering at the Mars Petcare Adoption Fair in 2014, Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen formed an attachment with one rescue kitten in particular and ended up adopting the fur baby from the Nashville Cat Rescue.

 

After Jon Hamm's first rescue dog passed, he adopted another one who had been "returned twice" before.

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Jon Hamm in 2022.Jerrit Clark/Getty Images

Hamm adopted rescue dog Cora, who was in his life for 14 years before she passed in 2017. He previously told People in 2015 that although he planned on fostering Cora, he knew he had to keep her.

"Cora provides me with pure joy and love – and those are two pretty nice things to have in your life," he said.

Hamm then adopted another puppy, Splash, from the non-profit animal rescue organization I Stand With My Pack in 2020. The organization posted a photo of Hamm and Splash on Instagram and wrote that Splash was "returned twice at the shelter because of his puppy energy," adding, "We rescued him and found him the best home."

Speaking on Splash's new life, ISWMP said, "He lives a fairy tale now."

Jason Mraz adopted a pair of rescue kitten sisters.

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Jason Mraz in 2022.Daniel Knighton/Getty Images

Jason Mraz adopted his first kitties Blitzen and Prancer through the San Diego Humane Society. The organization posted a picture of the singer thanking him for being the last adoption of 2013 and the first adoption of 2014.

Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid introduced the world to their new rescue pup in July 2020.

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Dua Lipa.Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images

The "Don't Start Now" singer and her model boyfriend, Anwar Hadid, announced the newest addition to their family on July 31, a rescue pup adopted through the Labelle Foundation in Los Angeles. Dua Lipa shared a pic on Instagram with the caption, "our tiny bestfriend Dexter!!! thank you @thelabellefoundation HE'S PERFECT."

The couple took a break in December 2021. It is unknown who Dexter is currently living with.

 

Ian Somerhalder of "Lost" and "The Vampire Diaries" fame has rescued a feline friend.

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Ian Somerhalder in 2020.David Crotty/Getty Images

In 2014, Somerhalder and his now wife Nikki Reed adopted a cat named Sohalia that would have been put down had they not adopted her.

In an Instagram post, the actor wrote, "Unfortunately this little kid was wildly mislabeled as 'feral/not friendly', and had Nikki not gone in and opened her cage regardless, we would have never found out that she is the most loving kitty on the planet and she may have been put down."

"Glee" star Lea Michele once found six stray cats in the Paramount Studios lot, so she adopted two and found homes for the others.

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Lea Michele in 2019.Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

After finding the kittens, Michele gave three to one of "Glee's" directors, one to costar Heather Morris, and kept the other two, Claude and Sheila, according to People.

"They probably would have been eaten, so I rescued them," Michele told People in 2010. She added that she's a big animal lover and that "My mother always said, 'Stand for something, or [you'll] fall for everything.' I feel like [animals] don't have a voice."

Actress Sarah Paulson showed off her new rescue dog in May 2020 on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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Sarah Paulson in 2020.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

While admiring her new dog, Winnie, with Ellen DeGeneres on her show in 2020, Sarah Paulson admitted that the rescue pup, whom she adopted from Paw Works animal rescue shelter, is desperate to socialize.

"Before I left, the guy Chad who is the organizer there, he said to me, 'You know you should really try to socialize her, you should try to do 100 people in 100 days.' And I was like 'Wow, now that's not really possible. Can't do 100 people in 100 days.' Not that I'd want to do 100 people in 100 days anyway, that just seems really overwhelming."

Paulson added that when she takes Winnie on walks she desperately screams with joy whenever she gets to interact with other dogs.

 

After losing her two Chow Chow rescue dogs, Chelsea Handler adopted two more to remember them.

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Chelsea Handler in 2022.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Chelsea Handler had two rescue dogs, Tammy and Chunk, both Chow mixes. Chunk became as famous as his owner, even appearing on Handler's cover art for her book "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang." But heartbreakingly, Tammy passed in August 2017 and Chunk in January 2018.

When Tammy passed, Handler wrote on Instagram, "I will get another dog that needs a home and it will remind me every day how much I miss you."

When Chunk passed soon after, Handler doubled-down on her oath to adopt a rescue dog, getting two instead. Within a week of losing Chunk, Handler posted photos of her two new furry family members, Bert and Bernice, both Chows, on Instagram.

She added the hashtag #chowrescues.

Alison Brie and Dave Franco adopted two rescue kittens during quarantine.

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Alison Brie and Dave Franco.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Alison Brie and her husband, Dave Franco, a cat lover, also adopted early on during quarantine. In an August 2020 Instagram post, Brie wrote, "Welp, that didn't take long. Introducing Otis & Max (aka Otis Henry Franco & Mad Maxine Fury Road) brother & sister."

Brie added the hashtag #adoptdontshop and tagged MaeDay Rescue, a non-profit rescue for street and shelter animals, where both kittens came from.

Brie also proudly name-dropped MaeDay in interviews with Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden.

She told Ellen, "They do a lot of dog rescue, but during kitten season – which I've learned is a thing – they do open their doors to kittens!"

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