Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Wants You To ‘Celebrate Diversity’ By Adopting

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MISS AMERICA 2014 WANTS YOU TO ‘CELEBRATE DIVERSITY’ BY ADOPTING

PETA Crowns Nina Davuluri Spokesperson for ‘Adoption Saves Lives’ Campaign

Reigning Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri has won widespread acclaim for her beauty, talent, and grace under fire—and now, the dancer and aspiring physician is teaming up with PETA for a brand-new ad that features her hugging a rescued Indian “street dog” next to the words “Celebrate Diversity—Adopt a Mutt!” The new ad, available here, was shot on the beach in Malibu by celebrity photographer Jack Guy.

In an exclusive video interview with PETA, Davuluri opens up about her own experience with adopted mutts. “I have Hanuman, and he is 13 years old. And he is half retriever, half question mark,” she says. “I would really like people to know that every time they purchase an animal from a breeder, an animal is also losing their home—a rescue animal is losing their home.”

That’s why Davuluri, whose pageant platform is “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” encourages people to adopt dogs and cats—after, of course, making sure that they’re prepared to commit to caring for an animal. “Having an animal is a full-time job,” she says. “It really is a huge responsibility—not only feeding them and walking them, playing with them, making sure that they’re healthy, taking them to the veterinarian. It’s just really important that they understand that it is a very large responsibility.”

Every year, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters, and half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. In addition to adopting, families can help fight the homeless animal overpopulation crisis by making sure to have their animals spayed or neutered.

Davuluri joins a long list of celebrities—including Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Munn, Penélope Cruz, Edie Falco, Elisabetta Canalis, Maggie Q, and Eva Mendes—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

 

‘Teen Wolf’ Star Holland Roden Speaks Up For Homeless Dogs In New peta2 Video

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Who’s Holland Roden’s Best Friend? Her Adopted Dog, Fievel

 Teen Wolf star Holland Roden is used to working with furry, four-legged costars—but that’s no werewolf in her new video for peta2, PETA’s youth division: It’s her adopted dog, Fievel! In the video, which debuted on peta2.com hot on the heels of Teen Wolf‘s season premiere, Roden opens up about how Fievel joined her family, the importance of spaying and neutering, and more.

“Once we started season two of Teen Wolf … I started looking for my Fievel,” she explains. “She’s a force to be reckoned with, and I love her every day. It’s such an incredible joy. It completely changes your life—having a dog—in the best of ways.”

Roden is quick to point out the bigger picture, too. “It’s something like 4 million [homeless dogs and cats] are euthanized every year, which I believe is about half of the amount of dogs and cats in shelters,” she says. “If you look at those statistics and you look at those stories, you don’t think twice about spaying or neutering your dog.”

Spaying and neutering doesn’t just help fight the companion animal overpopulation crisis. Sterilized animals live longer and happier lives, are less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system, and, in the case of neutered males, are less likely to roam or fight.

Roden is part of a long list of actors, musicians, and other celebrities—including Kellan LutzLea Michele, Christian Serratos, Ke$ha, Christina Grimmie,Daniella MonetSarah Hyland, and P!nk—who have teamed up with peta2 to promote animal protection.

Check out Holland’s peta2 video below:

For more information, please visit peta2.com or click here.

 

‘Voice’ Finalist Christina Grimmie Says, Act ‘With Love ‘ And Adopt — Never Buy Dogs

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YouTube’s Favorite Pianist and Singer-Songwriter Stars in

Exclusive New Video for peta2

The With Love chanteuse also sat down for an exclusive video interview in which she shares Chloe’s story and stresses why adoption is so important. “I love my dog so much, and she’s like my best friend,” Grimmie says. “I feel like when you adopt an animal, it’s kind of like you’re saving them. … I would so much rather rescue a dog than just buy one.”

Not all animals are as lucky as Chloe was: Every year in the U.S., 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters, and more than half of them must be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every dog or cat purchased from a pet store or breeder takes a home away from an adoptable animal—meaning that one more animal in a shelter will die.

Grimmie also addresses how essential it is to be sure that you can take care of your new best friend before you decide to adopt. “It’s very important to love your animal, feed your animal, but if you don’t have that time and responsibility to do so, then I wouldn’t get one,” she says. “You just gotta know what you’re about to handle.”

Grimmie joins a growing list of celebrities—including Daniella MonetChristian SerratosJustin BieberP!nkMadison BeerCody Simpson, and Glee‘s Lea Michele—who have teamed up with peta2 to help animals.

Keltie Knight Says, ‘If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog, Please Don’t Wear Any Fur’

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Dancer and Insider Correspondent’s PETA Campaign Gives the Inside Scoop on Why Fur Belongs on Animals—Not in Your Wardrobe

Cuddling with her adorable rescued dog, Hobo, Insider correspondent Keltie Knight stars in a brand-new ad for peta2, PETA’s youth division, that requests, “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog, Please Don’t Wear Any Fur.” The ad, which was shot by top photographer Jonathan Weiner and is available here, goes on to point out, “The only difference between our ‘best friends’ and animals killed for their fur is how we treat them.”

In an exclusive interview with peta2, Knight—who also stars in a more provocative “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” PETA ad, which debuted Friday night on The Insider—opens up about why she decided to bare it all for PETA’s iconic campaign. “It’s something that I would never normally do, but having the platform of being on The Insider, I’m able to really draw attention to the good work that PETA’s doing,” she says. “It’s millions of eyeballs that are going to sit down for dinner that night when our show airs and be able to really think about the choices that they’re making.”

And Knight hopes that viewers will choose not to wear fur. “It’s the simplest step that everyone can take,” she says. “It is gruesome and ugly and horrible what these animals go through, and I think if anyone educated themselves, they wouldn’t wear it.”

Every year, millions of raccoons, foxes, minks, rabbits, and even dogs and cats are caged, bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their fur. Fortunately, many top designers and retailers—including Forever 21, Tommy Hilfiger, J.Crew, Charlotte Russe, and Wet Seal—are 100 percent fur-free.

In her interview, Knight—who performed around the world as part of the Rockettes and as a back-up dancer for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and others—also opens up about why she went vegan, her efforts to shop cruelty-free, and more.

She joins a growing list of celebrities—including P!nk, Lea Michele, Olivia Munn, Christian Serratos, and Megan Park—who have starred in peta2’s anti-fur campaigns.

For more information, please visit peta2.com or click here.

Miley Cyrus Declares “#FF” Is Now “Floyd Friday”

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After the recent, tragic loss of her dog Floyd, Miley Cyrus has taken to Twitter today to officially re-declare “#FF (Follow Friday)” as “Floyd Friday” where she will be taking the time to post photos of Floyd to honor his memory. We think this is a sweet way to remember Floyd.

“Floyd Friday” is even currently trending on Twitter! Be sure to stop by Miley’s Instagram for the latest photos of her and Floyd today.

David Coulier Proves That Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend

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Full House star  and standup comedian David Coulier is an animal lover like most of us, and while in town for his stand-up comedy tour, he took time to stop by to help promote the adoption event – Best Friends Animal Society Super Adoption. The event was being held in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2013. It was love at first sight when David was asked to select a dog to bring on stage — Coulier immediately connected with Shorty, an eight year-old pit bull/Bassett Hound mix. Shorty found a home at the event and a relieved Coulier thought that was the end of the story.

Eight months later, Coulier received a text from Best Friends Animal Society informing him that Shorty had been returned and was once again available for adoption. Coulier knew then it was meant to be so he and his wife Melissa immediately contacted the Community Animal Welfare Society and the rest as they say is history. “Shorty is now a member of our family and the happiest pup in the world. He greets us in the morning and throughout the day with his tail wagging and a smile in his eyes. It’s so rewarding to know that this guy will have a happy home for the rest of his life. Thank you, Best Friends Animal Society and Community Animal Welfare Society. This has been an incredible journey,” Coulier said.

To find out a little bit more about the Best Friends Animal Society, check out their Facebook here.

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