8 Celebrities Who Adopted Rescue Dogs

These actors, singers and news anchors have a soft spot for pups in need.

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- Posted on Oct 18, 2019

Photographed for Guideposts by Larsen and Talbert

Hilary Swank

Swank’s love for animals is no secret. The award-winning actress started the Hilaroo Foundation to bring youth and abandoned animals together through “Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Responsibility Training.” The name was inspired by Swank’s beloved rescue dog Karoo, whom she met while shooting a film in South Africa. Swank has also fostered dogs in need of a home.

Kristen Bell

The voice of Princess Ana from Frozen is just as charming and selfless as her animated counterpart. Bell regularly posts pictures of dogs in need of adoption on her Instagram and has herself fostered numerous pups, including an adorable senior dog named Muppet.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert loves dogs so much she founded—along with her mom, Bev Lambert—Mutt Nation in 2019. The nonprofit encourages people to adopt shelter dogs through events and even adoption drives at some of Lambert’s concerts. The country singer has seven rescue dogs along with numerous other animals.

Carrie Ann Inaba

The Dancing with the Stars judge has a soft spot in her heart for animals. She has rescued three dogs and founded The Animal Project Foundation to protect animals.

Al Roker

Famous weatherman—and Guideposts cover star—Al Roker, adopted a puppy from Pennsylvania named Pepper in 2012. “This is the kind of dog I used to make fun of...not a real dog,” Roker posted on Instagram. “And swore we wouldn't get one. God works in mysterious ways.”

Kristin Chenoweth

After the death of her beloved dog, Maddie, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth wasn't sure she would ever own another dog. Until, as she shared in a Guideposts story in 2017, she met her rescue dog, Thunder. It was love at first bark, and the two have been inseparable ever since. 

John Legend

Along with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend has adopted three dogs—including a three-legged pooch named Penny.

Sir Patrick Stewart

The British actor has fostered numerous Pit Bulls, taking care of them until they can be placed with a forever family. Stewart even teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in 2019 for a National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Campaign.

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