Outside the limelight, celebrities live like ordinary people too. And that includes rescuing their soon-to-be favorite dogs.
Rescuing a loveable pooch and bringing them into your busy lifestyle seems like a heavy responsibility. But these celebrities live their best life out of it.
This article documents 15 celebrities who fell in love with their fur babies at first sight. Spoiler alert—they are the most adorable rescues ever!
Table of Contents
- Anne Hathaway and Spaniel-Terrier mix, Kenobi
- Selena Gomez and Husky Mix, Baylor
- Sandra Bullock and Toy Poodle, Sweetie
- Jake Gyllenhaal and Dogs Boo Radley and Atticus
- Ryan Reynolds and His Golden Retriever, Baxter
- Amanda Seyfried and Her Shepherd-Collie Mix, Finn
- Kristen Bell and Dogs Lola, Mr. Shakes, and Whiskey
- Simon Cowell and Yorkshire Terrier Dogs, Squiddly, Diddly, and Freddy
- Kendall Jenner and Her Italian Greyhound, Mew
- George Clooney and Cocker Spaniel, Einstein
- Hugh Jackman and Dogs, Allegra and Dali
- Kelly Clarkson and Her Rescue Dogs
- Jennifer Aniston and Rescue Dogs, Sophie and Dolly
- Drew Barrymore and German Shepherd Mix, Oliver
- Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Jack Russel Terrier Dogs, Beth, and Bluebell
Anne Hathaway and Spaniel-Terrier mix, Kenobi
In 2014, Anne Hathaway adopted Kenobi, a Spaniel, and Terrier mix rescue, into her growing family.
The rescue pup, formerly named Edward, got his name from Obi-wan Kenobi, a famous character in the Star Wars franchise.
Kenobi charmed the family after Hathaway's husband, Adam Shulman, came into a Beverly Hills animal shelter. This visit aims to adopt a dog that can be a companion to their chocolate Labrador dog, Esmeralda.
The mixed baby caught Adam's eyes and immediately called his wife Anne to make sure he's the one. And sure enough, the couple adored him!
Hathaway described him in an interview as a puppy that's calm and sweet. This personality is the reason why he's the perfect companion for their Esmeralda.
Despite Anne's busy schedule, her favorite pastime with her pups is to stroll around the city. It's definitely worth the sight!
Selena Gomez and Husky Mix, Baylor
Selena Gomez's rescue dog, Baylor, is a mix of a Husky and an unknown breed. He was her sixth rescue dog, whom she adopted in the year 2011.
Baylor is supposedly a gift to the singer's nanny. But the dog enchanted Selena with his charm, which made her decide to adopt him instead.
A remarkable occurrence during Baylor's adoption was the connection Selena felt the moment she laid her eyes on her dog.
Media outlets believe that the singer and her then-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, picked the dog up from an adoption center in Winnipeg, Canada.
Selena once mentioned in an interview that Baylor accompanies her in her concerts. Especially during her tour, We Own The Night, with The Script.
From 2019 to 2020, Gomez opened her arms for more rescues. It includes a lovely curly pup named Winnie and a shelter dog named Daisy.
Sandra Bullock and Toy Poodle, Sweetie
Of course, you know Sandra Bullock as the kickass Debbie Ocean in Ocean's Eight and Malorie Hayes in Bird Box. But did you know that the same badass actress also has a soft spot for rescue dogs?
Bullock adopted two years old toy poodle Sweetie last 2019 from an adoption center in California after the tragic loss of her father and two other rescue dogs.
Sweetie, true to her name, is an affectionate dog whom Bullock brings to strolls and even events.
Designer Oscar De La Renta even made a matching ribbon for the actress and her pet at the Golden Globe Awards last 2020! Their get-up was both fabulous and glamorous; we'd love to see it!
Jake Gyllenhaal and Dogs Boo Radley and Atticus
At first, Jake Gyllenhaal wasn't keen on having animals and even mentioned that the relationship was distant. The thought of having dogs wasn't on his mind until he met his dogs Boo Radley and Atticus.
Boo Radley is a puggle breed, a mix of pug and beagle, while Atticus is a German Shepherd. Both of them are rescue dogs.
He named his fur babies after Harper Lee's iconic characters from her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
In an interview with W Magazine, Gyllenhaal mentioned that his dogs bring out the best in him.
His dogs remind him of his childish side, even if he isn't naturally playful.
Ryan Reynolds and His Golden Retriever, Baxter
In one of his interviews, Ryan Reynolds admitted that it was love at first sight after seeing the “dumb-looking retriever” (sic) named Baxter staring at him.
He wasn't planning to adopt the said dog for himself but for a friend who's paralyzed. It was also not his plan to adopt another dog since he just took in a chocolate labrador named Billie.
Unfortunately for Ryan, this dumb-looking retriever caught his eye. Their first interaction felt so surreal that when the actor asked Baxter if he wanted to get out, the dog replied with a bark as if he could understand English.
But Baxter proves to be one of the best decisions of Ryan's life after the dog hopped on his car that day in 2010.
Reynolds celebrated Baxter's 12th birthday last September 12, 2020, via an Instagram post.
Amanda Seyfried and Her Shepherd-Collie Mix, Finn
Amanda Seyfried is not only a famous actress and mom-of-two; she is also a doting fur parent to her dog.
Her puppy, Finn, is an eleven-year-old Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix that she met on the set of Big Love.
At first, she was planning to foster him, but she got closer to the canine, making her decide to adopt it fully.
When she adopted Finn, he's automatically non-negotiable. By non-negotiable, it meant that in every contract she signs in, she makes sure that her beloved dog is there.
Finn radiates almost the same energy that Seyfried gives. He was the one who inspired her to do things she didn't think she'd do, like pursuing animal advocacy.
The dog was also the one who accompanied her during her darkest times; thus, becoming a crucial part of her mental health development.
Now, along with husband Thomas Sadoski and daughter Nina, Seyfried and Finn live on a farm in upstate New York.
Kristen Bell and Dogs Lola, Mr. Shakes, and Whiskey
Kristen Bell is a Hollywood actress who has a unique adoration for sloths. Apart from this, she's also famous for being a loving mother to her three adorable rescue dogs.
There's also her three-legged dog named Whiskey, who she recently adopted in March this year.
To Bell, dogs are children that she didn't give birth to. She treats them like her own kids—quote-unquote, “I've certainly been a lazy Mom to my pets, but never a bad Mom.”
She has been an advocate and has adopted dogs since the past and is consistent in doing so.
Her husband, Dan Shepard, is allergic to dogs, so she makes sure that it's the hypoallergenic ones she brings home.
Simon Cowell and Yorkshire Terrier Dogs, Squiddly, Diddly, and Freddy
Although Simon Cowell is known to have an intimidating TV personality, he coos at the sight of his adorable dogs. He's known to favor dog acts in every talent show he judges at, and it's no wonder why.
Cowell owns two Yorkshire Terriers, Squiddly and Diddly, who he adopted in 2013. Later on, he adopted a fellow Yorkie, Freddy, in 2015.
The boss of X-Factor shares that his dogs will always be his top priority, especially their safety, health, and welfare. Did you know that he even plans to clone them using biotech technology from South Korea?
Cowell also supports a pet project called Cruelty Free International, which aims to stop using dogs to experiment in laboratories.
Kendall Jenner and Her Italian Greyhound, Mew
Being a supermodel is no easy job for Kendall Jenner, so she once dismissed the idea of having a pet. But when her sister, Kylie Jenner, gave her a dog to take care of, she was ecstatic.
It is a white-colored Italian Greyhound whom Kendall named Mew, a famous character in Pokemon.
Kylie happily considered Kendall's condition to look after the dog while her sister's away, which they thought was a win-win situation.
After Jenner received the pup on Christmas of 2019, Mew was tenderly given love and affection by the whole family.
George Clooney and Cocker Spaniel, Einstein
George Clooney met his dog Einstein through a video from a shelter explaining the dog's conditions. The actor fell in love with the dog, making him want to keep it despite its old age.
Einstein finally entered into Clooney's life in 2010. The once lost stray dog now feels love in the actor's villa located in Italy.
Furthermore, the actor explained that he was scared to meet Einstein in person, not because he's afraid of him but because he's unsure if the Cocker Spaniel will like him.
Luckily, he got close with the dog by rubbing fragments of turkey balls on his soles, which surprisingly made Einstein curious.
Lastly, the actor noted that the dog already has a good attitude due to his house training from his previous fosters. Thus, it was not hard for him to adjust to his new family.
Hugh Jackman and Dogs, Allegra and Dali
The Yorkipoo was a gift to Jackman for Christmas in 2014, but it is unknown to the public who gave the pup. On the other hand, Dali, the French Bulldog, is adopted by the actor's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and their son Oscar.
In one of the actor's interviews, he admitted that he video calls his pooches through Skype. He even refers to Dali as chief or chairman of the house!
Both of his dogs rule the household, and we can't deny how adorable that is.
Kelly Clarkson and Her Rescue Dogs
Another celebrity known for rescue dogs is singer Kelly Clarkson, who has 30 adopted rescue dogs! Not only that, but she also cares for other animal species like pigs, horses, and cattle, in her ranch home located in Montana.
Two of the most famous rescues she took care of are Joplin, a black Labradoodle, and Security, an Australian Shepherd. Joplin once made headlines for missing before Clarkson found him in a heap of vines near her home.
Overall, the actress-singer considers her ranch home as a rescue ranch. The only instance she won't take in an animal if it's a wild one.
Jennifer Aniston and Rescue Dogs, Sophie and Dolly
The Friends star rescued her German Shepherd, Dolly, years after her divorce from ex-husband Brad Pitt. Aniston described the dog as sweet, beautiful, and an excellent guard dog back in 2006.
She then adopted her white pitbull mix Sophie in 2012 with her then-boyfriend, Justin Theroux.
In an interview with New York magazine, she described the pup as “the most adorable little cookie you've ever seen.”
E! Magazine reported that Aniston and Theroux go to the extremes of getting married inside their Bel-Air just so their dogs can be with them.
Unfortunately, Dolly passed away in 2019, and both have grieved together even after their split.
Aniston then adopted her newest rescue addition, Lord Chesterfield, a Great Pyrenees mix, last Christmas.
Drew Barrymore and German Shepherd Mix, Oliver
Oliver, a German Shepherd mix breed and its siblings, was found inside a box outside of East Valley Shelter, California. However, a foster home called Barks and Bitches, took them instead.
Drew Barrymore fell in love with the adorable pup back in 2012. Thus, making her adopt it.
Talk about pure luck and fate!
Barrymore also adopted other dogs Douglas, a Labrador mix, and Lucy, a Retriever.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Jack Russel Terrier Dogs, Beth, and Bluebell
The Queen is known for her adoration for corgis, while Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is known for their Cocker Spaniel named Ludo.
But did you know that there's also another dog lover within the royal family who adopted Rescues?
She adopted her first terrier in 2011 at 12 weeks old and her second terrier in 2014 at four months old.
The Duchess adopted Beth after being dumped in the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home that housed her, while Bluebell was adopted after the Duchess found her wandering in the woods full of sores.
Both of the dogs who suffered once are now healthier and more active than ever.
It's terrific that despite the busy schedules of these Hollywood celebrities, they still find some time to make the world a better place by giving these dogs a second chance in life.
Kudos to them for doing a paw-fantastic job!
Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment, but it's also one of the most fulfilling jobs. Not only will you find happiness, but you've also saved life worth living.
Adopt, don't shop!