HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
'Twilight' Star Rachelle Lefevre Fights For Homeless Pets With Best Friends Animal Society

By Kelly Ann Collins, Glittarazzi

923 days ago   Article ID# 1457053
Original URL

 

Best Friends Animal Society

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Glittarazzi) - If you are a member of the Cullen family in the movie Twilight, Vampiress Victoria might end your blood-sucking life.

But, if you are a homeless dog or cat, Rachelle Lefevre, the actress that plays Victoria in the hit film, will work very hard to make sure you are rescued.

This week, Rachelle -- who is an ambassador for the no-kill shelter, as well as an animal rights activist and the proud parent of many adopted pets -- was at the grand opening of the Best Friends Animal Society's new no-kill animal adoption center in Mission Hills, Calif.

She first became involved with BFAS five years ago as a donor. Then, three years ago she told us she started helping the shelter with some of its initiatives. Now, she is one of its celebrity ambassadors.

The actress said if there was one lesson she would like her fans and friends to learn from her activism, it would be that is very important to make sure you get your pets from local animal shelters instead of pet stores.

"When you buy from a pet store, chances are extremely high that the puppies came from puppy mills," she said.

Puppy mills are places that breed dogs to make money. The owners of them do not care about the animals, which they house in tiny cages and in bad conditions, with little human contact and often no veterinary care.

Rachelle said the great thing about BFAS is that it supports many "no-kill" shelters (meaning that they never euthanize animals, unlike most government-funded shelters).

Although BFAS's building was funded by a Los Angeles bond, one of the things that is so important about this shelter is that it's privately funded, Rachelle said. The center will receive donations (approximately $1 million per year) to pay for staffing and to keep it a no-kill facility.

"In 2012, more than 3,000 animals will be adopted through this shelter," she said. "And, more than 6,000 pets will be spayed and neutered through low-cost and free programs."

Did Rachelle's role as a vampire help her to connect with the plight of animals?

"It definitely helped me to sympathize with the plight of the pit bull," she said, as she giggled at our question and told us about BFAS's Pit Bull initiative. "Pit bulls get a bad rep for being a dangerous breed, but they are really misunderstood. They are not dangerous. In fact, any animal can be made to be aggressive ... just like vampires."

So, don't mess with the animals, folks, because Rachelle's got their back.

And, she is the one with the "wicked curve ball."

Copyright 2014 Glittarazzi   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 923 days ago   Article ID# 1457053

Best Friends Animal Society    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Best Friends Animal Society News

Save A Life In No Kill December

619 days ago From Global Animal 

MAINEVILLE, OHIO - Sponsored by the Best Friend's Animal Society's No Kill L.A. initiative, the organization is leading a campaign for a =93No Kill December.=94 =93This can be the first month that no healthy and treatable animals are killed in our city shelters ...

Best Friends Animal Society Lends a Paw

659 days ago From Dog Channel 

ROCKPORT, MASSACHUSETTS - Photo courtesy Best Friends Animal Society Best Friends, based in Kanab, Utah, is a no-kill leader that partners with municipalities and organizations to save lives in the nation's animal shelters and also operates the nation's largest no-kil ...

A Rachael Ray Food Truck for the Dogs

680 days ago From New York Times 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - The goal of the initiative, begun in August with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is for 50 animal shelters to save at least 300 more dogs and cats from August through October than they did during the same three-month .. ...

Atwater animal shelter gets long-awaited funding for spay, neuter program

681 days ago From Merced Sun-Star 

MERCED, CALIFORNIA - The grant is being awarded by the Best Friends Animal Society, in partnership with PetSmart Charities. Pam Moody, Last Hope's public outreach director, said the rescue organization, which assists many animals in addition to cats, had applied for ...

Girlfriends' & Allie Haze Donate to Best Friends Animal Society

723 days ago From AVN News 

CHATSWORTH, CALIFORNIA - Girlfriends Films and adult superstar Allie Haze are supporting Best Friends Animal Society with a $1000 donation. The animal care organization is the ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  Next >> 

<< Return To Celebrity News

Action Center

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report

Action: Climate Change

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 year ...

Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Police in Langkat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Thre ...

Authorities stop 'greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest'

Action: Stop Deforestation

A criminal organization involved in the illicit deforestation of large portions of Brazil's forests has been stopped. At leas ...

Shell Records Massive Oil Spill On Its Nembe Creek

Action: Stop Pollution

A major oil spill has occurred at a Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, (SPDC), oil pipeline between the Santa-Ba ...

Poacher caught with backpack full of 299 sea turtle eggs

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a case of extreme turtle egg poaching after a ma ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright The Charity Vault All rights reserved.