charlize theron
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Charlize Theron is a devoted dog lover, which is perhaps why she chooses to saves lives at the local shelter instead of frequenting pet shops.

The actress recently lost eight of her companions within a span of two and a half years. The oldest pooch was 16. After the deaths, and when she thought she would be filming in Australia, Theron decided to take a break from sharing her home her canine family. But, that didn’t last long.

The Oscar winner said to Ellen Degeneres, one of the world’s biggest animal lovers, “I went for a year without having dogs because I thought I was gonna go and make this film (Mad Max) in Australia… but the movie kept pushing and my mom just finally said, ‘What are you doing? You’re such a dog lover… I hate coming over here (to your house), everything’s so clean, and it’s, like, quiet.’ And so I just recently adopted two rescue dogs.”

Using her appearance on Ellen to advocate for homeless animals, Theron continued, “People don’t realize you can actually go and specifically adopt exactly what you want. There are so many dogs available. It just kills me when people run to pet stores. This is the season to adopt.”

The ASPCA, HSUS and Best Friends Animal Society agree. They have even created a petition asking the public to boycott pet stores that sell animals this season.

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About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639269991 Sonya Simpkins

    I love Charlize Theron! Not only is she a great actress, but she is also a true friend to animals. I haven’t gone more than two months in the last 10 years without a dog, a year would have done me in! Here are two beautiful stories about dogs who rescued their humans. http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/12/reader-rescue-stories-savannah-and-wiley/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639269991 Sonya Simpkins

    I love Charlize Theron! Not only is she a great actress, but she is also a true friend to animals. I haven’t gone more than two months in the last 10 years without a dog, a year would have done me in! Here are two beautiful stories about dogs who rescued their humans. http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/12/reader-rescue-stories-savannah-and-wiley/