chris colfer and cat
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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First Chris Colfer created some original artwork to raise money for animals. Now, the actor has graduated to adopting. Colfer went down to the West Valley Animal Shelter and took home an 8 year old 20 pound cat named Brian.

We often read about celebrities adopting puppies and kittens. Don’t get us wrong. We love any adoptions, but older animals have the hardest time finding a forever home.  That’s why we’re so excited that Colfer is publicizing his new companion on twitter.

Colfer wrote, “I adopted a cat today from the West Valley Animal Shelter! His name is Brian, he’s 8 years-old and 20 pounds!” The “Glee” star continued, “It was heartbreaking to see so many sweet animals needing homes. Please think about rescuing!”

Speak to any shelter employee and they’ll tell you that everyone wants a young dog or cat. Senior critters often get ignored. But, there are many advantages to bringing home an older animal. Most of the time they have already spent a large majority of their lives living in a house which means they are probably potty trained and not so likely to eat your shoes.

Other animals that have a hard time being adopted include certain breeds like Pit Bulls, special needs animals and oddly enough, black dogs and cats.

Now, check out a picture of Brian. Then let your heart melt.

chris colfer adopts a cat

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About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at 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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  • felisdarkmoon

    That’s awesome! Obviously Chris have not only angel voice, but also angel heart.

  • Jaya Bhumitra

    This is great! Ali, I see you work with HEART. They did a humane education workshop for Compassion Over Killing (my employer) last year. Not only was the presentation incredibly informative and fun, but I got to become friends with Brad, Meena, and Kim–I admire them so much. I’ve actually done a lot of humane education in Los Angeles and even used the HEART curriculum, which is wonderful. I just followed you on Twitter and look forward to reading more of your work.

    Jaya Bhumitra
    Campaigns Director
    Compassion Over Killing