Academy Award-winning American actress Hilary Swank can add animal advocacy award recipient to her list of accolades.
The “Boys Don’t Cry” actress received the Hope Award from the Petco Foundation at the sixth annual Hope Fundraising Gala in San Diego, which recognizes people or groups who share the goal of improving pets’ quality of life. Swank said in response to the honor, “It’s extraordinary to be given this Hope Award. I’m just one individual, but I think we are all coming together collectively to remind each other to give hope for these animals and the welfare of animals.”
The 39-year-old was given her first dog at the age of 11, and that was the beginning of a love for animals that would span a lifetime. She said she has learned a lot from her furry friends. “Patience, persistence, resiliency, being in the moment – the list goes on and on – and loving without judgment. They truly teach you so many different, important values,” Swank said.
Swank’s dog, Karoo, inspired her to begin working in animal advocacy and was the reason she began her foundation, Hilaroo Foundation, which pairs abandoned children with abandoned animals to foster the healing process. “I just don’t feel that any soul should be abandoned and discarded by society, and every soul needs to feel like somebody cares and believes in them,” Swank said.
Not only does Hilary Swank pick inspiring movie roles, but she also knows how to pick worthy causes to support.
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