‘Twilight’ star Rachelle Lefevre was on hand with Best Friends Animal Society to launch their new no-kill adoption shelter this week.
Lefevre, an ambassador for the organization, started out as a donor and volunteer helping with their campaigns, according to Glittarazzi. The actress and animal activist raises awareness for the many animals in shelters in need of homes and the importance of adoption.
“When you buy from a pet store, chances are extremely high that the puppies came from puppy mills,” Lefevre said. She has said she works with BFAS because they help no-kill shelters. Their new shelter is located in Mission Hills, CA and will rely on donations to pay staff and continue to be no-kill. “In 2012, more than 3,000 animals will be adopted through this shelter. And, more than 6,000 pets will be spayed and neutered through low-cost and free programs,” according to Lefevre.
When asked if her Twilight role as vampire Victoria inspired her work for animals, she replied, “It definitely helped me to sympathize with the plight of the pit bull. 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.”
BFAS works to raise awareness for the breed, and took in twenty-two pit bulls from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring after it was shut down. They were able to rehabilitate and find homes for many of the dogs that they call Vicktory Dogs.
Lefevre isn’t the only Twilight star to promote adoption. BooBoo Stewart and his rescue dog Pookie appeared in one of PETA’s ‘Adopt, Don’t Buy’ campaign ads, and so has Kellan Lutz and his rescue dog Kola. Lutz has also recently asked his fans to help PETA raise money for a new animal rescue and spay/neuter van.