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Animal Ambassadors: Famous Pets Who Were Rescued

Posted on: February 8, 2016

The original Benji came out of a shelter, which stimulated the whole shelter issue

–Joe Camp, Conversation with Film Director Joe Camp

Did you know that some of our most loved canine stars were just days or hours away from being euthanized before they hit the big time? Or that others had been relinquished or abandoned before being discovered? Some owners of these canine celebs have even used the spotlight to promote awareness of shelter dogs. Over a series of three posts, I’ll acquaint you with some of these stars. This post features famous dogs who were saved from shelters.

To read more check out my post Famous Dogs Who Came from Shelters. I also wrote two additional posts on the topic:


Move over dogs! It’s time for famous rescued cats to take center stage. Did you know that The Cat House once housed a now famous internet cat? Or that a popular piano-playing cat wasn’t part of the plans for a couple who already had a houseful of cats? Or that one of our most loved feline stars was only hours away from being euthanized before becoming a television commercial star? In this first article of a two-part series, read on to see which feline stars you recognize, and to discover new ones.

We could never forget The Cat House, the wonderful no-kill shelter [in Lincoln, Nebraska] that rescued Klaus many years ago.

–Oskar and Klaus, Oskar and Klaus News

To read more check out my post Famous Cats Who Came from Shelters.

I also wrote one additional posts on the topic: Famous Cats Who Were Abandoned or Relinquished

I wrote the above posts for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, a volunteer organization committed to improving the lives of animals and alleviating cruelty in the local community where I live. Some of their offerings include a low-cost spay/neuter program, temporary assistance pet food bank, and education about being responsible pet guardians. The latter is where I mostly help.

Have I missed coverage of famous animals who have been rescued? Post their stories in the comments!

This post is part of the Small Victories line-up. Check out others by clicking on the below graphic.



4 Responses to "Animal Ambassadors: Famous Pets Who Were Rescued"

awesome kittys!

Yes, aren’t they? 🙂 I’ve already started collecting news reports for a future post.

Awww, such a heartwarming post. I didn’t know this. I linked this post to Awww Mondays.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Thank you for sharing my post! My husband loves movies and is the one who suggested the topic of famous rescued pets to me. It’s one of my most fun series to research, write about, and share. 🙂

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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