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The Sad Truth About Puppy Mills and What You Can Do to Help

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Exposing The Terrible Truth About Puppy Mills

Sad dogs inside a puppy mill cage

We’ve all seen them. The commercials on TV showing is the sad and terrified faces of dogs who have been abused and neglected at the hands of breeders who cared more about making money than the health and wellness of those innocent little creatures.

All you have to do is hear the first few notes of the sad song and you know what’s coming. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but it’s a truth we all have to face.

Numerous dogs cramped inside small metal cages

Some of these dogs have lived their entire lives stuffed inside tiny crates, never seeing the sunshine or experiencing what it’s like to walk on grass. Others have known nothing but the outdoors. They’ve been left out in the rain or unbearable summer heat without reprieve.

Many of them are sick, and all of them are afraid.

Small disgruntled puppy scared

The underground world of puppy mills isn’t pretty. But talking about them, learning about their dangers and how to spot one is the only way we’re going to be able to put an end to them.

Cute puppies stuck inside a metal cage

So what is a puppy mill, exactly?

Puppy mills are basically any large-scale breeding operation that focuses on profits rather than the well-being of the dogs. Female dogs are bred at every opportunity with very little time to recover between litters. In these facilities, puppies = money, so the demand for puppies is always at an all-time high.

In many cases, once the female dog has been physically taxed and is no longer able to produce puppies, the owners will simply kill her because she can no longer provide monetary value to them

ASPCA workers in a puppy mill

You’ve probably seen pictures of puppy mills in the news before, and they probably all look something like this.

One of the hallmark signs of a puppy mill is dogs being housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Multiple dogs will be shoved into tiny cages, cages will be stacked on top of one another, and everything will be covered in feces

Man getting pups from puppy mill cages

It’s hard to imagine that someone could treat innocent dogs with such cruelty, but this kind of animal abuse is all too common.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that about 10,000 puppy mills are currently operating in the United States.

German Sheperd puppies inside a puppy mill

Although puppy mills can be found in every corner of the country, the highest concentration seems to be in the Midwest. Missouri, in particular, has a reputation for being home to a large number of puppy mills.

In 2012, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) began publishing an annual report on problem puppy mills and puppy dealers in the U.S. Missouri has topped the list each year, with 19 problem dealers identified in 2017.

The state was followed by Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kansas, who came in second place with a three-way tie of 12 problem dealers each

Animal rescue workers taking puppies from an illegal puppy mill

The number of dogs in a puppy mill can vary widely. Some may have as few as 10 dogs, while others have hundreds or even thousands crammed into the facility. According to the HSUS, roughly 2 million puppies are sold annually that originated from puppy mills.

If you’re wondering, “Where on earth do these puppies end up,” just look to your closest pet store

A sad puppy chained and lying on the ground

No one wants to believe that their dog came from such a nightmare place. But the sad truth is if you’ve bought a dog from the pet store, there’s a good chance it came from a puppy mill.

John Goodwin, senior director of the HSUS’ campaign to stop puppy mills, spoke to Rolling Stone magazine in January 2017 for a story on these so-called dog factories. When asked how many puppies sold each year come from puppy mills, he answered bluntly — just about all of them.

“Most every pup sold in stores in America comes from this kind of suffering – or worse. If you buy a puppy from a pet store, this is what you’re paying for and nothing else: a dog raised in puppy-mill evil.”

Very small puppy breed looking at the camera while stuck inside a puppy mill cage

The practice of breeding dogs for a profit traces all the way back to the 1950s. Local pig and poultry farmers were struggling, so they decided to breed puppies on the side to help make ends meet. They traded in their coops for outdoor kennels and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over the next 40 years, the country saw an explosion of commercial dog breeding. What started as a mom-and-pop side business became a full-time gig, and that’s when things took a turn

Puppy mill dog suffering from ear mites and other dog health issues

The problem with puppy mills is that the health of the dogs is completely disregarded in favor of turning a profit.

Dogs born in puppy mills often suffer from a variety of health problems, a result of the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions and lack of veterinary care. It’s been well documented that puppies from puppy mills tend to suffer from

Small shivering puppy inside a cage

Even worse, breeders operating puppy mills tend to disregard proper husbandry practices. Sick dogs aren’t removed from the breeding pools and breeds are crossed in so many different ways that many of resulting puppies have congenital or hereditary conditions.

It’s not uncommon for the puppies to have heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders (such as hip dysplasia), diabetes, deafness, eye problems (cataracts, gluacoma, etc.) or respiratory disorders.

A nursing dog with her puppies inside a puppy mill crate

We mentioned earlier that there are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the country right now. There are undoubtedly more out there, but so many operate in the shadows that it’s hard to know the true number.

Well, the USDA only licenses a small fraction of kennels — about 2,500, to be exact. That means the vast majority of breeding operations are running their business without any oversight.

Small puppies inside a cage waiting to be rescued

An additional 2,500 or so kennels are licensed at the state level, but that still leaves the bulk of operations unchecked.

The fact is, the federal government only requires a breeder to have a license if s/he sells the dogs “sight unseen,” such as via a puppy breeder or pet store. However, if the breeder works directly with buyers, selling the dogs either face-to-face or through ads, it’s basically a free-for-all.

The living conditions of dogs inside puppy mills

In hopes of getting more breeders under regulation, the USDA passed an amendment in 2014 that required online sellers to obtain a federal license. This would then require them to submit to annual inspections and a set of rules for the dogs’ standard of care.

The problem — the department relied on breeders to come forward and comply with the new law. As of January 2017, only 300 breeders have

Seven dogs posing for a photo in a puppy mill cage

For its story on puppy mills, Rolling Stone asked USDA Spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa what happens to those breeders who chose to ignore the law.

“It is virtually impossible for us to monitor the Internet for breeders,” Espinosa said. “[We] rely heavily on the public and their complaints.”

Once again the agency finds itself placing the burden on the community to find and report puppy mills. The trouble is, they’re not always easy to spot. Just visit any one of the thousands of websites that pop up advertising purebred puppies. We bet they’ll all tell you that the puppies are bred humanely in a caring and loving environment.

If only it were true

Bulldog inside a small puppy mill cage

You already know that pet store puppies tend to be the products of puppy mills. But what if you’re responding to an ad in the local newspaper? Or you found a breeder online that has the most darling corgi puppies? How do you know if the operation is legit rather than a puppy mill in disguise?

There are some common red flags you can look for to help determine whether your breeder is operating a puppy mill.

Terrible living conditions of dogs inside a puppy mill

Does the breeder seem to always have puppies available, usually in large quantities? This is one of the first signs that you’re likely dealing with a puppy mill situation.

Be wary if you’re constantly seeing fliers or online announcements advertising puppies for sale from the same person organization

Sad and cold puppies inside a muddy puppy mill enclosure

Another red flag is a breeder who has multiple breeds of dog available or who claims to have “rare” or “new” breeds available. Breeding dogs should never be an experiment, but sadly many owners will cross-breed dogs as a gimmick to get your attention.

Reputable breeders typically focus on one breed of dog, maybe two

 Miniature Pinscher puppies inside a rusty puppy mill metal cage

Breeders who operate puppy mills tend to be very secretive. After all, they don’t want you catching on and reporting them! This is why so many of them will ask to meet you in a public place to finish the sale. This is a classic move by puppy mill operators and should immediately put you on alert.

If your breeder refuses to let you come to the property to meet your puppy, walk away

Small Chihuahuas rescued from a puppy mill

Other secrets puppy mill operators like to keep:

Your puppy’s parents. Not meeting your future puppy’s parents is like buying a car without knowing the make/model. A breeder who won’t let you meet the pup’s mom and dad is someone you shouldn’t work with. Not only could they be operating a puppy mill that is creating all sorts of cross breeds, but the person could actually just be a broker who is selling puppiessecondhand.

The name of his/her veterinarian. You don’t necessarily need to interrogate the veterinarian, but it is important to know that one is working with mom and her puppies. Having a name will let you look up the practice to make sure it’s local and that the vet is in good standing

Newborn puppies rescued from a mill

Something else to watch out for is a breeder who doesn’t ask any questions. Those who breed responsibly care about the future of their puppies — they won’t part with them for just anyone. A breeder who doesn’t ask you anything beyond how they’ll be paid and where you’ll hand over the dog is someone who is only in it for the money.

Legitimate breeders typically have a contract that you will sign to ensure the puppy is well cared for. Paperwork typically includes spay/neuter agreements, breed papers that show your dog’s parentage and registration, a health contract, as well as instructions on what to do if things don’t work out with your furry friend (i.e. returning the puppy to the breeder rather than dropping him off at the local shelter) so it can be re homed

three sad dogs inside a wooden and metal cage

Keeping an eye out for these warning signs can help keep you from becoming an accidental supporter of puppy mills.

Another great solution, though, is simply looking for puppies for adoption. It’s a huge misconception that the only dogs you’ll find in a shelter are problem pets and mangy mutts. Oftentimes puppies rescued from these horrid mills are taken to local animal shelters and humane society, and many of them are purebreds! In fact, the HSUS estimates about 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds

Dirty puppies in an illegal puppy mill

So the next time you’re looking for a dog, do your due diligence. Don’t let yourself get so caught up in the excitement of bringing home a new puppy that you fail to ask questions or flat out ignore the signs that you’re working with a puppy mill.

The more people refuse to work with these irresponsible and heartless breeders, the better chance we have of stopping puppy mills for good

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How to Choose the Best Dog Bed

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With so many dog beds on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Selecting the
right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision – and one which shouldn’t be taken
lightly.

A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog’s quality of life. But the truth is
that not all dog beds are created equal.

In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing a dog bed that will stand the test of time, support
your dog’s health, and provide a cozy resting place that they’ll just love.

So, let’s get started …

Comfort

Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help you choose a bed that’s comfortable – and will stay that way:

Match the bed to your dog’s size – Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.

Choose a bed constructed from high-quality materials – A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.

Consider your dog’s individual needs – If you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep them warm. Many dogs – especially long-haired breeds – have the opposite problem. They tend to overheat, so choose a bed that’s open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.

Support

Proper support is very important to your dog’s health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from
painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.

As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to
avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog’s life as possible.

That’s why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They’re designed to
support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.

The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms
to your pet’s body and redistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory
foam, the weight of the animal’s body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.

A truly orthopedic bed should provide the following:

  • Excellent support for the whole body
  • Straight spinal alignment
  • Soothing pressure relief

Durability

As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog’s lifetime. Look for top
quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching
and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.

Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material
that’s resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the
bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.

Other Premium Features to Consider

Waterproof Material – Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy when accidents happen.
Removable Covers – A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dog’s bed, a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!

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BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of
comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they’re the very best orthopedic dog beds
available anywhere, and we’re sure your dog will agree!

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11 Cute Dog Breeds We Can’t Get Enough Of

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  • 01The Cutest Pooches ,There’s really no denying it: We humans don’t deserve doggos. Not only do our furry family members love us unconditionally, but they’re incredibly loyal and affectionate, and their adorable doggy antics can turn a boring, old Monday into the best Monday ever. And, to top it all off, dogs are downright freaking adorable. In honor of our pupper friends, we’ve rounded up the 25 cutest and cuddliest dog breeds out there—from teeny, tiny teacup Pomeranians, to massive Great Pyrenees. Whether you’re having a humdrum workday or just want to add some cute to your day, read on to peep the most adorable dog breeds—and learn some interesting facts about them.
A French Bulldog puppy looking at the camera.
  • 02Pembroke Corgis , White and the entire internet as we know it aren’t the only ones who love Corgis; according to Welsh legend, the fairies and elves residing in Wales loved them, too. Stories of Pembroke Corgispulling fairy coaches, herding fairy cattle and carrying fairy warriors into battle abound in Wales. Don’t believe the tall tales? Check out a Pembroke Corgi’s shoulders the next time you see one. Some say you can still see the marks of a fairy’s saddle around the shoulders of a Pembroke Corgi’s coat. 
A Pembroke Welsch Corgi running in the grass.
  • 03 Golden Retrievers ,Golden Retrievers were originally bred as working dogs, so it should come as no surprise that they absolutely love to have jobs! Because Goldens are hardworking, extremely intelligent, and quick learners, they’re often used as hunting dogs, rescue dogs, and even therapy dogs in hospitals and care facilities. In addition to their admirable work ethics, Golden Retrievers’ incredibly sweet personalities make them the perfect pick for therapy or comfort dogs. They can bring some much needed comfort (and cuddles) to those who have experienced traumatic events or people living in medical care facilities. 
A Golden Retriever wearing a plaid bandana
  • 04 Bernese Mountain ,What’s better than a big, cuddly doggo? A big, cuddly doggo who delivers fresh cheese and bread. Enter: The Bernese Mountain dog. Back in the 1850s, cheese plants started to pop up all over Switzerland, and producers wanted an affordable, easy way to deliver fresh batches. Bernese Mountain dogs, who are known for their incredible strength and intelligence, would pull carts of fresh cheese and bread to buyers at different shops and farms—oftentimes navigating their route entirely on their own. 
  • 05 Siberian Huskies ,Grab your lab coat and get ready for some fascinating biology about Siberian Huskies. These gorgeous canines can run for hours upon hours without stopping or food and without tapping into their bodies’ carbohydrate or fat stores. So, how can they burn so many calories without replenishing? Huskies regulate their metabolisms for extreme performance. Huskies were bred to run long distances in cold, harsh conditions, so it makes sense that their bodies were built for performance. But it’s still pretty amazing, right?
A Siberian Husky with blue eyes.
  • 06 Beagles ,It’s common knowledge that Beagles are A+ hunting dogs, but did you know that their ears can actually improve the performance of their noses? Beagles’ long ears catch scent particles and keep them close to their noses, so they can process as much information as possible while on the hunt. 
A Beagle looking into the camera.
  • 07 Great Pyrenees,Thanks to their massive size but incredibly gentle, nurturing natures, Great Pyrenees were originally used as guard dogs for flocks of sheep. While the shepherd slept, the Great Pyrenees would stand guard overnight. Because Great Pyrenees took the night shift, they’re naturally nocturnal—even today. Many Great Pyrenees puppy parents might find that their dog is most active at night.
A Great Pyrenees puppy.
  • 08 Pomeranians,Today’s Pomeranians have a somewhat “prissy” reputation, but early Pomeranians were originally herding dogs that pulled massive sleds over rough, snowy terrain—if you can believe it. Back then, Pomeranians weighed about 30 pounds and were packed with muscle—a major contrast to today’s petite pooches. Pomeranians were bred to a smaller, lap dog size some time during the 19th century. 
A teacup Pomeranian.
  • 09 Australian Shepherds,Despite their name, Australian Shepherds do not hail from Australia. In fact, it’s commonly believed that they originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains, a massive mountain range bordering Spain and France. Because the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains is so small, it’s said that shepherds traveled the globe, with their herding dogs in tow, to find more work. They eventually landed in the United States and Australia, hence the name Australian Shepherds!
An Australian Shepherd looking into the camera.
  • 10 Miniature Dachshunds,There’s much debate on the history of hot dogs (yes, really), but some believe they were originally called dachshund sausages—a loving homage to the German Dachshunds. German butchers often kept Dachshunds in their shops, so the theory makes sense, right?
A miniature Dachshund looking into the camera.
  • 11 Samoyeds,Known for their sweet smiles (otherwise referred to as “Sammy smiles”) and massive, fluffy coats, these gorgeous, marshmallow-y dogs aren’t all just good looks—they’re incredibly hardworking, too.Samoyeds were originally bred by the Samoyede people of Persia to pull sleds across harsh, snowy terrain on long hunting expeditions. But according to some historians, Samoyeds were loved by their owners, too—and treated like members of the Samoyede family. 
The profile of a Samoyed dog.
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24 Celebs Who Literally Came To The Rescue For Their Pups

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It’s quite common to see our favorite celebrities walking around town with their beloved four-legged BFFs. But did you know that a lot of these celebrities are avid rescuers? Here’s a solid round-up of celebrities that shunned “buying” pups so they could rescue and adopt!

1. Selena Gomez and Baylor

Although Gomez adopted Baylor with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, Baylor is now all Gomez’s pup. In fact, Gomez is quite the rescuer–Baylor is her 6th rescue!

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2. Charlize Theron and Tucker

Theron is a huge animal advocate and has been very active in that arena. Theron’s also adopted three other dogs; Tucker is actually her fourth rescue.

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3. Hilary Swank and Karoo and Rumi

Swank is a longtime animal advocate. In fact, she told Petfinder: “I am a really big advocate for speaking up for animals that need to be adopted, and when you think about the statistics, to me, there is no other option but to adopt.” Swank is never without her furbabies and is often seen traveling with her pups to shoot locations.

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4. Jake Gyllenhaal and Boo Radley and Atticus

Both of Gyllenhaal’s dogs are rescues and named after Harper Lee’s iconic characters in To Kill A Mocking Bird. In an interview with Movies Online, Gyllenhaal said that he had a rather distant relationship with animals growing up, but after Brokeback Mountain, he felt like he was ready for a dog.

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5. Zooey Deschanel and Dot and Zelda

As soon as she met Dot, Zooey fell in love with her. When she found out that Dot had a sister, she adopted the sibling as well because she couldn’t bear to separate this sweet sibling pair. Watch Zooey share her awwwdoption story here.

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6. Rachel Bilson and Thurman Murman

Bilson’s famous for adopting multiple dogs throughout the years. (Remember her pup Penny Lane that she adopted with her O.C. co-star/then-boyfriend Adam Brody?) Though Brody and Bilson eventually broke up, (boo!) she continued to share a strong bond with Penny. She also has her current rescue pup Thurman Murman, a grumpy grandog extraordinaire!

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7. Ryan Reynolds and Baxter

Reynolds says he was looking for a pooch for his friend when he quite awwdorably “fell in love” with his now pup. In an interview with ABC News Reynolds said, “I saw this big, dumb-looking Retriever staring up at me…I whispered to him, ‘Hey, let’s get the hell out of here.’ And he jumped up, like he spoke English fluently. He came with me, he jumped in the car, and we’ve been best buddies ever since.”

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8. Jane Lynch and Olivia and Francis

“When I met my dog at an adoption fair, I said ‘Olivia’ and she gave me this look that said, ‘Yeah, whatever lady, just get me out of here!’” Lynch recounted in an interview for Cesar’s Way. Her other dog Francis was an unplanned adoption. While playing with the dogs and cats at a Kinder4Rescue.Org adoption event she came across (what looks like) a Catahoula mix pup. She left without adopting–but then she came right back for him!

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9. Kellan Lutz and Kola and Kevin

This scorching hot guy from Twilight also happens to be a huge animal lover and adoption advocate! (We’re swooning here.) In an exclusive interview with PETA, Lutz recalled the day he met Kola: “I touched her toe and said, ‘Hey, what’s your name?’” He also said, “She spoke to me.” Kevin, his Chihuahua, is also a rescue.

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10. Jon Hamm and Cora

Hamm adopted Cora with his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westdfeldt. In an interview with Animal Fair, Hamm said, “We went and saw her and fell in love, she’s been in our lives for eight years.”

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11. Emma Stone + Andrew Garfield and Ren

Stone already had a dog when she decided to get Ren with her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield. According to People Pets, they initially fostered the Golden Retriever before falling completely in love and adopting her.

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12. Kristen Bell and Lola and Mr. Shakes

We ALL know how much Bell loves sloths. (Remember that time her husband gifted her a sloth for her birthday and she cried and cried?). Well she absolutely loves dogs as well! Both her dogs are adopted. She even saved her pup Mr. Shakes from being euthanized! You can watch her sweet adoption story here.

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13. Orlando Bloom and Sidi

Bloom rescued Sidi from Morocco when he was filming Kingdom of Heaven in Africa. His Saluki mix pup goes everywhere with Bloom! Watch him talk about his BFF and the meaning behind his pup’s name here.

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14. Simon Cowell and Squiddly and Diddly

Cowell adopted his cute Terriers in late 2013. Turns out he’s quite the animal ruver. I mean, can you even picture Simon freakin’ Cowell talking all things doge and coo-ing over his pups? If you can’t, let me help you a little. You can watch him go all goo goo ga ga on The Ellen Show.

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15. Anne Hathaway and Kenobi

In July of this year, Hathaway added Terrier mix rescue Kenobi to her family. She also has a beautiful Chocolate Lab named Esmerelda.

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16. Bradley Cooper and Samson and Charlotte

Cooper rescued Samson when he saw the German Short-Haired Pointer on a kill-shelter site. He fell in love with 7-year-old Charlotte at an adoption drive. He shared his animal ruv on People Pets: “I lucked out, I got two great rescues…I’m sort of a hybrid of both my dogs. Samson is stoic and makes me earn it and Charlotte loves me undyingly. They’re my kids.” Watch him talk about his pups here.

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17. Miranda Lambert and her SIX Rescues

Lambert rescued three of her dogs from a shelter and found the other three in various places. That’s some true doge love.

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18. Josh Hutcherson and Driver

If he didn’t already melt your heart as Peeta in The Hunger Games, this is going to turn it into one soppy pile of mush. Hutcherson didn’t just rescue any pup, he rescued a Pit Bull puppy that was at the shelter for a 110 days! Talk about a whole lot of heart. Driver was dropped off at a shelter with two toes missing and a broken leg, but was able to get surgery right in time for Hutcherson to take him home. Puppily ever after indeed.

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19. Kaley Cuoco and Shirley, Norman and Ruby.

Cuoco has THREE rescue Pit Bulls as well as her most recent adopted pooch, Ruby. Watch her share stories about her wonderful dogs and their quirks here.

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20. George Clooney and Einstein

Silver fox, actor, humanitarian and all-around movie star, Clooney rescued his dog from a shelter in early 2010. He came across Einstein online. In an interview with Esquire,Clooney recalled, “So I go online and see Einstein. They had a whole film about him. It was actually really sweet. You see him all beat up and shit in the shelter, and they show how they cleaned him up. God, I love this dog. So I called and said, ‘I like Einstein!’”

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21. Amanda Seyfried and Finn

The relationship between Seyfried and her Australian Shepherd rescue is seriously one of the sweetest ones out there (as evidenced by the picture is above). In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Seyfried said, “He cuddles with me and he listens to me, and he loves me and he looks at me all the time.” He’s also is the quite literally the most famous celebrity pet with his own posse of Twitter followers.

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22. Sandra Bullock and Poppy and Ruby

Bullock actually has three dogs who are all rescues and who all happen to be special needs pooches! Poppy is a tripod, Ruby is a bipod, and Bebe (not pictured) is a Chihuahua with a missing eye. We’re seriously impressed with Miss Congeniality here.

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23. Jennifer Aniston and Dolly and Sophie

Aniston rescued white German Shepherd Dolly in 2006. And she recently rescued a Pit Bull with her fiancé Justin Theroux whom they named Sophie. And in an interview Aniston said, ““We were there (at the shelter) for three hours, and I’m telling you, I…almost [walked] out with three puppies. It’s so hard. That’s why we named her Sophie, because it was Sophie’s Choice. I was crying – it was so hard.” Aniston’s love of dogs is very well known. After all, when Norman (the ruv of her life) passed away in 2011, she got a tattoo of his name in his honor. That’s proof enough that Aniston’s pup love runs deep and strong.

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24. Kelly Clarkson and her Band of Rescue Pups

Besides Clarkson’s pup Joplin (who passed away in 2013) and her other furbabies Bear and Wyatt, Clarkson also cares for around 30 rescue dogs. And that’s not including the horses and pigs and other animals she has essentially adopted. She’s a glowing example of kindness as she used her huge ranch home to help all these animals. In an interview with NME Magazine Clarkson said, “It’s like a rescue ranch now. We have 30 dogs, 14 horses. We still only have three ponies and four minis, but we have goats now, two pigs we rescued called Miss Daisy and Boss Hog, I gave those to my brother.”

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This list was hard to cut short, because there are so many more celebrities doing amazing things for shelter animals. So, while we didn’t include them in the list, we’d like to tip our hats to them for being pawesome!

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