How many times have you walked through Times Square and thought to yourself, “You know what this place needs? A rescued animal adoption shelter.”  Well baby chicks, you got your wish!

Actress Kate Walsh spent her Thursday afternoon helping the folks at Pedigree kick off the Pedigree Dogstore in Times Square! I know, I know-all the animal rights people just totally flipped out when I said, “Dogstore.”  You’re probably thinking: abused pets, dirty cages, lazy employees…no, no no!! Trust me, this is not your typical pet store!

The Pedigree Dogstore will act as a short-term adoption center where visitors can learn about dog adoption, meet adoptable dogs and make donations to support various shelters across the country.  This is all part of the Pedigree Adoption Drive, Pedigree’s non-profit organization that helps provide funding to select animal shelters and breed rescues nationwide.  And with over 4 million dogs in shelters across the country, Pedigree’s Adoption Drive couldn’t come at a better time!

Other stars like Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Molly Sims, and Kelly Ripa have stepped up to the plate by signing memorabilia which will be auctioned on eBAY to also benefit Pedigree.  So head on over to Dogsrule.com and learn how you can get involved and help make a difference. Because like singer/activist Nellie Mckay says in The Dog Song, “If you want a companion, well just go right to the pound, and find yourself a hound, and make that doggie proud. Cause that’s what it’s all about.”

photo credit: justjared.com

  • http://kwanzoo.com oakling

    That is kind of excruciatingly cute.

  • http://mitzieskill.com Donna

    hate to rain , but i was just wondering when you say short term, do you know what happens to the pups not adopted/sold at the store, are they going back to no-kill rescues or on to certain death?
    though i think this is a fantastic way to connect folks with their future mates. right on! it would be a lot more warm and fuzzy if pedigree were truly accountable and not just posturing as a conscious company for the good publicity. peace. keep up the good work!

  • jackee

    Their commercial says for everyone one dog that gets adopted there is another that does not. I wish it was a 1:1 ratio. How bout for every one pet that is adopted there are hundreds that do not ever get adopted. Approximately 3 million pets are killed each year in the US in shelters because owners do not get their pets spayed/neutered, people buy from puppy mills or backyard breeders, and owners abandon their pets. Adoption is part of the answer but honestly there are not enough homes for all the pets that are currently out there, not to mention all the ones that will be born or abandoned tomorrow. I would like to see more work focused on banning puppy mills, mandatory spay/neuter unless you are a registered breeder, outlawing chaining of dogs, regulations about only adopting out pets that are spayed/neutered from government facilities, government funded low cost or no cost spay/neuter, etc. It’s not just come adopt Fluffy, isn’t he cute.