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Fred Willard Talks About His Animal Activism

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Funnyman Fred Willard has always been involved in charities, particularly those that help animals and children. He and his wife, Mary, volunteer at Farm Sanctuary and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

“Since animals and children can’t speak up for themselves, it is our responsibility to make this a better place for them,” he told Parade magazine.

Willard recently had the opportunity to reprise his role as an eccentric judge in Christopher Guest’s film “Best in Show” at a fundraiser benefiting Actors and Others for Animals.

The non-profit organization promotes the humane treatment of animals and works to curb pet overpopulation by subsidizing spay/neuter surgeries in the greater Los Angeles area.

“My wife and I are active in Actors and Others for Animals,” Willard said. “This year we raised money to help shelter cats and dogs.”

“A number of our members created videos about their pets, which I judged with [“Best in Show” co-star] Jim Piddock,” he said. “We also watched a few hard-to-watch videos about animal abuse, and talked about the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Betty White, who is a member of Actors and Others for Animals, has a video on our site about the importance of spaying and neutering.”

A few years ago, Willard and his wife noticed a cat hanging around their house.

“Mittenz—that’s Mittenz with a Z—adopted us,” he said, “and has been with us for a while now. The house rule is that he has to stay indoors at night.”

Willard recently wrapped up filming for “Anchorman 2” with Will Farrell and Steve Carell. The movie is scheduled to be released on December 20.

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